Just east of the Staten Island Ferry terminal in Manhattan you'll find the Governors Island Ferry terminal. The ride takes you to a magnificent island just a 10 minute ride away, with some amazing wildlife. Governors Island is being commercialized more and more each time I visit, but it's still a nice break from the city. You can't drive there, but you can bring your bicycle or rent a bike. I love eating at Little Eva's, too!

On Aug. 6, 2017, I made a visit and filmed some of the birds, flowers and butterflies I saw there. 

The highlight of any trip is a visit to the nest of the yellow-crowned night herons. I was able to photograph some of the kids.

  Yellow-crowned night heron youngster surveying the realm, Aug. 6, 2017

Yellow-crowned night heron youngster surveying the realm, Aug. 6, 2017

There were also young gulls on Aug. 6, plus parental supervision.

Lots of flowers and butterflies!

  Flowers on Governors Island, Aug. 6, 2017

Flowers on Governors Island, Aug. 6, 2017

I also saw a banded common tern on Aug. 6, and a group of least sandpipers.