American Goldfinch at Troy Meadows

American Goldfinch and Thistle, Troy Meadows, New Jersey

American Goldfinch
2009 at Troy Meadows in Parsippany NJ
Taken about 11 years ago this was an unusual photo opportunity as the finch was so preoccupied with thistle seeds I was able to walk as close as I’d like for photographs. It’s not often we can walk up to birds at point blank range to snap pictures.

Learn more about Troy Meadows – https://www.wildlifepreserves.org/preserves/troy-meadows

Green Heron Preening

Green Heron Preening

2009 at Foote’s Pond in Morristown.

Taken 11 years ago at a small but wildlife-rich pond near downtown Morristown, this was a unique opportunity to observe the behavior of one of our smaller native herons.

More info on Foote’s Pond – https://www.townofmorristown.org/?SEC=7CA9FC71-1BDD-4C29-8576-A4C5F8C6B702

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Two birds stepped onto a sedge island…

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Two birds stepped onto a sedge island…
 
 
Eastern Willet and Herring Gull
Great Bay Boulevard WMA
Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey
 

Common Nighthawk in New Jersey Pinelands

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Common Nighthawk
 
Brendan T Byrne State Forest, New Jersey
 
This bird moved from the forest floor to a tree while I was photographing butterflies elsewise I would never have noticed it!
 
 

Great Blue Heron Above Marsh

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Great Blue Heron Above Marsh
 
Rockaway Township, New Jersey
 
Heron nesting season is upon us and the local GBH’s are very aloof.

Red-shouldered Hawk in Sussex County NJ

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Red-shouldered Hawk
 
Hamburg, New Jersey
 
This shot was taken recently at roadside along Route 94 and taken with my car window rolled down. I did a doubletake after driving passed a small patch of trees between 2 homes in Sussex County. Luckily I was able to turn my car around and get in position for a few shots of this Red-shouldered as it scanned for rodent prey.
 
 
Canon EOS SL2 + Tamron SP 150-600mm VC G2

84th Boonton Christmas Bird Count

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84th Boonton Christmas Bird Count
 
After meeting with fellow Morris County birdwatchers at Empire Diner, myself, Jeff Scheidecker, and Douglas Vorolieff made way for Boonton Township. We began our bird tally at Kincaid Woods, stopped at the Rockaway Valley Aerodrome Fields, and then concluded at the Pyramid Mountain Visitor Center.
 
We enjoyed a bright sunny morning, crossed paths with hiking acquaintenances, and I made a few business contacts. Nice start to the holiday season!
 
 
For full tallies of the Boonton Christmas Bird County check back at http://mocosocobirds.com/

Harlequin Ducks At Rest

Harlequin Ducks At Rest

12/2016

Barnegat Light, NJ

While two Harlequin Duck hens took a break from the rough Atlantic Ocean, two Ruddy Turnstones approached from the background.

Tamron 150-600mm VC + Sony A7R + Manfrotto 055XDB tripod

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Northern Harrier at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Northern Harrier

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville NJ

Winter 2009

“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”

I liked how the silhouetted hawk in flight glided (searching for prey) just above the reeds. I also loved the pink sky tones signaling the end of the day.

Sanderling in Sandstorm

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2016 at Island Beach State Park

 

One of my favorite New Jersey bird photographs, it was amazing to see the amount of force this brave Sanderling withstood.