Greg Gard: Blog http://www.greggard.com/blog en-us (C) Greg Gard info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:04:00 GMT Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:04:00 GMT Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Southern NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/12/yellow-crowned-night-heron-southern-nj Yellow-crowned Night Heron perched atop of a tree in Southern New Jersey:

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron perched on top of the tree - Southern New Jersey bird and nature photography - Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS mark IIYellow-crowned Night-HeronYellow-crowned Night Heron - Nyctanassa violacea

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/12/yellow-crowned-night-heron-southern-nj Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:04:16 GMT
Solitary Sandpiper - Sandy Hook, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/12/solitary-sandpiper-sandy-hook-nj Solitary Sandpiper walking on a log at the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey:

Solitary Sandpiper walking on a log - Sandy Hook, New Jersey bird photography Canon EOS 5D III 600mm IS f/4 II 2x teleconverterSolitary SandpiperSolitary Sandpiper - Tringa solitaria Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey,

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 5D 600mm Bird NJ Photography shorebird http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/12/solitary-sandpiper-sandy-hook-nj Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:44:47 GMT
Soaring Bald Eagle - Maryland http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/12/soaring-bald-eagle-md Subadult Bald Eagle soaring over the Susquehanna River at the Conowingo Dam, Havre de Grace, Maryland:

Subadult Bald Eagle soaring over the Susquehanna River at the Conowingo Dam, Maryland bird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm IS f/4 mark II lensBald EagleBald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus Conowingo Dam, Maryland

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx Bird Photography bird of prey eagle http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/12/soaring-bald-eagle-md Fri, 05 Dec 2014 01:13:30 GMT
Mating Peregrine Falcons - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/12/mating-peregrine-falcons-nj I often say that bird photography is all about patience, persistence and luck. This image, of a mating Peregrine Falcon couple, has come to fruition with help of all three with luck being the most prominent:

Peregrine Falcons mating while perched on the branch, wild bird photography in New Jersey - Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS + 1.4x extenderPeregrine Falcons matingPeregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus Northern New Jersey

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I photographed this pair of copulating falcons in the Palisades Cliffs, Bergen County, New Jersey. 

To stay unnoticed by birds and other wildlife, I often use natural camouflage with addition of this portable camo netting/blind: www.amazon.com/kwikcamo

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/12/mating-peregrine-falcons-nj Wed, 03 Dec 2014 02:04:29 GMT
Juvenile Peregrine Falcon in-flight, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/juvenile-peregrine-falcon-in-flight-nj Juvenile Peregrine Falcon flying by at the Palisades Cliffs in Bergen County, New Jersey:

Juvenile Peregrine Falcon flying by at the State Line Lookout in Northern New Jersey Juvenile Peregrine Falcon flying byJuvenile Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus Palisades Interstate Park, New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/juvenile-peregrine-falcon-in-flight-nj Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:35:00 GMT
Black Skimmer chick - Nickerson Beach, New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/black-skimmer-chick-nickerson-beach-new-york Heat of the mid-summer got me pretty good at this point. I've decided to call it a day. It was a good day of photographing nesting shorebirds at the Nickerson Beach, Point Lookout, Long Island in New York state. My walk back to the parking lot was suddenly interrupted by a Black Skimmer chick running towards me. Almost like this cute little bird was trying to say: "You can't leave without taking picture of me!" :) 

I laid low on the ground and took this picture of its natural camouflage blending perfectly with the sand: 

Black Skimmer chick using its natural camouflage to hide low in the ground, at Nickerson Beach, Point Lookout, Long Island, New York bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS mark II 1.4x extenderBlack Skimmer chickBlack Skimmer chick hiding low in the sand Long Island, New York

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It was one of the many magical moments of my bird photography adventures that will stay with me forever… Nature is so AWESOME!

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NY Photography chick shorebird http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/black-skimmer-chick-nickerson-beach-new-york Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:11:52 GMT
Adult Semipalmated Plover - Cape May, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/adult-semipalmated-plover-cape-may-nj Adult Semipalmated Plover showing its underwings while stretching its wings on the beach in Cape May, New Jersey:

Adult Semipalmated Plover stretching its wings and showing its underwings, Cape May, NJ bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm 1.4xSemipalmated Plover showing its underwing feathersSemipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus Cape May, New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography shorebird http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/adult-semipalmated-plover-cape-may-nj Thu, 20 Nov 2014 02:11:02 GMT
Cedar Waxwing - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/cedar-waxwing-new-jersey Cedar Waxwing perched on a branch, in a "over the shoulder" pose, showing its back feathers and tail colors:

Cedar Waxwing perched on a branch - Bergen County, New Jersey bird photography Canon 5D mark III 600mm f/4 IS lens + 1.4x extenderCedar WaxwingCedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum Bergen County, NJ

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography songbird http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/cedar-waxwing-new-jersey Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:29:17 GMT
Calling juvenile falcon - NNJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/calling-juvenile-falcon-nnj Dorsal view of a calling juvenile Peregrine Falcon flying low at the Palisades Interstate Park in Northern New Jersey:

Top view on the wings of a juvenile Peregrine Falcon in Northern New Jersey, wildlife photography Canon 1Dx 600mm IS f/4Peregrine FalconJuvenile Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus Northern New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/calling-juvenile-falcon-nnj Wed, 12 Nov 2014 02:14:02 GMT
Peregrine Falcon in the branches - Northern New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/peregrine-falcon-in-the-branches-nnj It doesn't happen to often to see falcons of the Palisades Interstate Park, in Northern New Jersey, pick an interesting perch to rest on. They usually favor a single branch or an edge of the cliff. I was very excited to photograph this adult female Peregrine Falcon perching on this aged, old weathered tree with fresh leaves budding in the background. This whole setting beautifully frames this ferocious bird of prey. 

Adult Peregrine Falcon perching within the branches at the Palisades Interstate Park, Northern New Jersey wildlife photography - Canon EOS 1Dx  600mm f/4 IS mark IIPeregrine Falcon perching on the branchPeregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus Northern New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/peregrine-falcon-in-the-branches-nnj Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:35:00 GMT
Adult Peregrine Falcon with prey - Northern New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/adult-peregrine-falcon-with-prey-northern-new-jersey Adult Peregrine Falcon returning to the perch with just caught pigeon in its talons:

Adult female Peregrine Falcon flying with just caught pigeon in its talons at the Palisade Interstate Park, Bergen County, New Jersey wildlife photography Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS mark IIPeregrine Falcon flying by with preyPeregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus Palisades, Northern New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/adult-peregrine-falcon-with-prey-northern-new-jersey Wed, 05 Nov 2014 01:00:30 GMT
Singing Golden-winged Warbler - New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/singing-golden-winged-warbler-new-york After seeing my first Golden-winged Warbler this past Summer in New York state, I was amazed how beautiful these birds are, and how "friendly" they can be. I'm hooked and plan to photograph them each year. 

Here is a photograph of a singing adult male Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera):

Endangered Golden-winged Warbler singing at the Sterling Forest, Orange County, New York bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm IS f/4 mark II + 1.4x extenderGolden-winged WarblerGolden-winged Warbler - Vermivora chrysoptera

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Golden-winged Warblers are small songbirds with fairly slim bodies and short tails. They have a thin, straight bill that is sharply pointed. Adult males are silvery gray with a strong black-and-white face pattern, yellow crown, and large yellow patches on the wings. Females are similar but lack the male’s black mask and bib. Hybrids with the Blue-winged Warbler can produce a mostly light gray form (“Brewster’s”) or a mostly golden form (“Lawrence’s”). Golden-winged Warblers forage among the leaves and branch tips of their low, shrubby habitat. Males sing their loud, buzzy song over and over again from the tops of shrubs during early summer. Golden-winged Warblers breed in tangled, shrubby habitats such as regenerating clearcuts, wet thickets, and tamarack bogs. They often move into nearby woodland when the young have fledged. They spend winters in open woodlands and shade-coffee plantations of Central and South America. - CornellLab

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird Photography warbler http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/singing-golden-winged-warbler-new-york Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:51:44 GMT
There goes a pellet - Short-eared Owl, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/there-goes-a-pellet-short-eared-owl-nj While walking the trails at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge last Winter, I noticed numerous "mystery" holes melted in perfectly smooth snow.

Pellet hole in the snow

With no other tracks around it, I couldn't figure out what it was...

Couple hours later, I took this photograph of a Short-eared Owl ejecting a pellet in midair and my puzzle of the day was solved :)

Short-eared Owl throwing up a pellet in mid air - Wallkill River NWR, NJ/NY boundary bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm IS f/4 mark II 1.4x teleconverterShort-eared OwlShort-eared Owl - Asio flammeus Wallkill River NWR, Liberty Marsh, New Jersey / New York boundary

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Owls are birds of prey, which means they hunt and eat small animals like mice. Owls can’t chew, though. They have to tear their prey into smaller pieces with their beaks and talons (claws) before they swallow them. One part of the owl’s stomach is called the proventriculus, or glandular stomach. That’s the part of the stomach that digests the parts of the prey the owl uses as food. The parts of the prey that the owl can’t digest, like bones, teeth, and fur, stay in the owl’s gizzard, or muscular stomach. An owl pellet is the compressed (smooshed together) bones, teeth and fur of its prey. The owl regurgitates the pellet. It’s not like throwing up, though. The owl does this regularly, and the pellet just drops out of its beak.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey owl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/there-goes-a-pellet-short-eared-owl-nj Tue, 28 Oct 2014 01:26:10 GMT
Willet at Cape May Point State Park, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/willet-at-cape-may-point-state-park-nj Willet at the edge of the of the Bunker Pond in Cape May Point State Park, New Jersey:

Willet at the edge of the Bunker Pond at Cape May Point State Park, New Jersey bird and wildlife photography, Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm IS f/4  1.4x extenderWilletWillet - Tringa semipalmata Cape May, New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography shorebird http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/willet-at-cape-may-point-state-park-nj Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:30:00 GMT
Peregrine Falcon - Palisades, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/peregrine-falcon-palisades-nj Close look at the local adult female Peregrine Falcon flying at the eye level at the State Line Lookout, Palisades Interstate Park, Bergen County, New Jersey:

Adult female Peregrine Falcon flying by over the Hudson River in the Palisades, Bergen County, NJ bird and wildlife photography - Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS IIPeregrine Falcon in-flightAdult Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus Northern New Jersey

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I'm often being asked how do I get shots of these falcons at such a close distance. I always give the honest answer: patience, persistence, knowledge of the subject and dose of luck… 

 

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/peregrine-falcon-palisades-nj Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:26:23 GMT
Prairie Warbler - Garret Mountain, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/Yellow-Warbler-Garret-Mountain-NJ Prairie Warbler perched on the blossoming tree during spring migration at the Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park, New Jersey:

Prairie Warbler with blossoming flowers in the background photographed during spring migration at the Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park, New Jersey bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm IS f/4Prairie WarblerPrairie Warbler - Dendroica petechia Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park, New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography spring migration warbler http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/Yellow-Warbler-Garret-Mountain-NJ Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:30:00 GMT
Adult Barn Owl - Northern New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/adult-barn-owl---northern-new-jersey Adult Barn Owl resting on the ground and searching for prey:

Adult Barn Owl sitting low in the ground at the Wallkill River NWR, NJ bird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS 1.4x extenderAdult Barn OwlBarn Owl - Tyto alba Northern New Jersey

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I photographed this owl at the Wallkill River NWR, Liberty Marsh, New Jersey / New York boundary this past Winter.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey owl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/adult-barn-owl---northern-new-jersey Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:30:00 GMT
Juvenile Peregrine Falcon - New jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/juvenile-peregrine-falcon-new-jersey Fledgling Peregrine Falcon perched on the edge of the Palisades Cliffs in Bergen County, New Jersey:

Juvenile Peregrine Falcon perched on the edge of the cliff at the Palisades, NJ wildlife photography Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS IIPeregrine FalconJuvenile Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrines New Jersey Palisades, Bergen County, New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/juvenile-peregrine-falcon-new-jersey Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron in-flight - Southern New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/juvenile-black-crowned-night-heron-in-flight-snj Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron showing its underwing feathers while flying by at the rookery in Southern New Jersey:

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron showing its underwing feather in flight, Southern New Jersey bird photography Canon 1Dx  600mm IS f/4 IS mark IIJuvenile Black-crowned Night HeronBlack-crowned Night Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax Southern New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/juvenile-black-crowned-night-heron-in-flight-snj Wed, 08 Oct 2014 01:04:57 GMT
Peregrine Falcon looking straight up - NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/peregrine-falcon-looking-straight-up-nj-raptor This year, I had an excellent opportunity to observe multiple families of birds of prey here in Northern New Jersey. All of them were located in a great distance which provided excellent opportunity to observe their daily behavior. Birds definitely saw all of us but they didn't feel threatened and they kept with their daily routine of hunting and carrying for their young ones. To my surprise, I was (at least, I felt this way :) ) accepted by two families of Peregrine Falcons. Very often, adults perched near me, allowing for detailed portraits. Like this adult female Peregrine Falcon at the Northern New Jersey eyrie:

Perched adult female peregrine falcon looking straight up into the camera, Northern New Jersey bird photography - Canon 1Dx 600mm IS mark IIPeregrine FalconPeregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus Northern New Jersey

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They sat for prolonged time on the branches, observing their territory and looking for the next meal, looking at my direction only when the sound of my camera shutter broke the silence...

Very soon, I will be posting more photographs from this season, in the meantime, if you are interest, you can checkout my falcon gallery by following this link: http://www.greggard.com/falcons

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/10/peregrine-falcon-looking-straight-up-nj-raptor Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:57:56 GMT