Greg Gard: Blog http://www.greggard.com/blog en-us (C) Greg Gard info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) Thu, 25 May 2017 11:23:00 GMT Thu, 25 May 2017 11:23:00 GMT Soaked Barred Owlet - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/5/barred-owlet-nj Soaked Barred Owlet drying off on a branch right after leaving the nest:

I've recorded this video in Northern New Jersey

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If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my bird photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it in your bookmarks/favorites and shop away :) Remember that the prices stay the same. I will simply receive a small percentage of a total you pay to Amazon. Be assured, no personal data is shared with me.  And it doesn't stop there :) The more you shop, the bigger the donation I would be able to make at the end of this year. Every year, I'm making a donation to charities that help in conservation and rehabilitation of  birds and other wildlife. This year, my charity of choice is The Raptor Trust, one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States: http://theraptortrust.org

 

You can also start your Amazon search right here:

Here are some books that helped me a lot in finding those very secretive birds:

 

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NJ bird of prey owl video http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/5/barred-owlet-nj Thu, 25 May 2017 11:18:38 GMT
Black-and-white Warbler - Garret Mountain, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/5/black-and-white-warbler-nj - Full disclosure: This post contains references to products from Amazon.com  I may receive small compensation when you purchase a product via my affiliate link on this website -

Black-and-white Warbler photographed during spring migration at the Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park, Passaic County, New Jersey:

Adult male Black and White Warbler perched on a branch at the Garret Mountain Park in Woodland Park, NJ during annual spring migrationBlack-and-white WarblerAdult male Black and White Warbler - Garret Mountain Reservation Park, Woodland Park, Passaic County, New Jersey

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You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my bird photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it in your bookmarks/favorites and shop away :) Remember that the prices stay the same. I will simply receive a small percentage of a total you pay to Amazon. Be assured, no personal data is shared with me.  And it doesn't stop there :) The more you shop, the bigger the donation I would be able to make at the end of this year. Every year, I'm making a donation to charities that help in conservation and rehabilitation of  birds and other wildlife. This year, my charity of choice is The Raptor Trust, one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States: http://theraptortrust.org

 

You can also start your Amazon search right here:

 

My favorite warbler guides (to save money buy used books):

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NJ Photography songbird warbler http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/5/black-and-white-warbler-nj Tue, 23 May 2017 23:46:56 GMT
Great Horned Owl in the nest - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/5/great-horned-owl-nest-nj Happy Mother's Day!

Adult female Great Horned Owl with chick in the nest, New Jersey:

Adult female, mom, Great Horned Owl in the nest with a chick hiding under her feathers - New JerseyGreat Horned Owl in the nestAdult female Great Horned Owl in the nest with a young owlet - New Jersey

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You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

To view more of my owl photography, please visit my gallery at: www.greggard.com/owls

 

Here are some books that help me a lot in finding those very secretive birds:

 

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 5DsR 600mm Bird NJ bird of prey owl video http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/5/great-horned-owl-nest-nj Sun, 14 May 2017 14:47:14 GMT
Black Skimmer bathing - Nickerson Beach, NY http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/5/black-skimmer-bathing-nickerson-beach-ny - Full disclosure: This post contains references to products from Amazon.com and I may receive small compensation when you purchase a product via my affiliate link on this website -

Short, slow motion clip of an Adult Black Skimmer taking a quick bath in a shallow water at the Nickerson Beach, New York:

 

Only just now, when editing this video, I've noticed that this bird was injured. Did you notice?

It looks like it was doing just fine...

If you are interested in visiting Nickerson Beach and photographing nesting shorebirds, but not sure where and when to go, you can read some of my tips and tricks on this location in my free, one of a kind, Ultimate Guide to Nickerson Beach, here: http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/7/nickerson-beach-ny-guide

To view more of my shorebird photography, please visit my gallery: greggard.com/shorebirds

Feel free to share this video with your friends on a social media site of your choice :)

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You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my bird photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it in your bookmarks/favorites and shop away :) Remember that the prices stay the same. I will simply receive a small percentage of a total you pay to Amazon. Be assured, no personal data is shared with me.  And it doesn't stop there :) The more you shop, the bigger the donation I would be able to make at the end of this year. Every year, I'm making a donation to charities that help in conservation and rehabilitation of  birds and other wildlife. This year, my charity of choice is The Raptor Trust, one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States: http://theraptortrust.org

 

You can also start your Amazon search right here:

Here are some of mine favorite shorebird guides for a quick read (to save money buy used books):

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NY Photography nickerson slomo video http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/5/black-skimmer-bathing-nickerson-beach-ny Wed, 10 May 2017 01:27:54 GMT
Red-tailed Hawk nest - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/4/red-tailed-hawk-nest-nj - Full disclosure: This post contains references to products from Amazon.com and I may receive small compensation when you purchase a product via my affiliate link on this website -

After the absence in 2016, local pair of Red-tailed Hawks came back to this nest once again and are raising 3 chicks this year :) 

Here is a short video showing week and a half old chicks being fed by an adult: 

This video was recorded on the 3rd week of April. By watching this nest on a weekly basis since late March, I estimate that chicks hatched in a week of 9-15/4/17.

 

If you are interested, you can watch my videos from the same nest, showing two Red-tailed Hawk chicks growing up in 2015. After discovering this nest, I decided to visit it for about an hour a week, to document development of these young hawks. I hope you will enjoy it :)

Week 1: Week 2: Week 3: Week 4: Week 5:

 

here are YouTube links to these videos, where you will find a short commentary on each clip:

- week 1 - youtu.be/AgnNa-FGtcI

- week 2 - youtu.be/dy8npJHJPqg

- week 3 - youtu.be/lSRS13aHjCo

- week 4 - youtu.be/vJuSCbXfcoA

- week 5 - youtu.be/fNHNW2DUYJo

 

Feel free to share these videos with your friends on a social media site of your choice :)

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You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my bird photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it in your bookmarks/favorites and shop away :) Remember that the prices stay the same. I will simply receive a small percentage of a total you pay to Amazon. Be assured, no personal data is shared with me.  And it doesn't stop there :) The more you shop, the bigger the donation I would be able to make at the end of this year. Every year, I'm making a donation to charities that help in conservation and rehabilitation of  birds and other wildlife. This year, my charity of choice is The Raptor Trust, one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States: http://theraptortrust.org

 

You can also start your Amazon search right here:

Here are some great books that might help you with hawkwatching:

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey nest raptor video http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/4/red-tailed-hawk-nest-nj Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:13:59 GMT
Common Eider drake - Barnegat Light, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/4/common-eider-barnegat-light-nj Adult male Common Eider swimming in cold waters of Atlantic Ocean at the Barnegat Light State Park, New Jersey:

Common Eider drake swimming in the calm water in Barnegat Inlet, New Jersey waterfowl photographyCommon Eider drakeAdult Common Eider - Barnegat Inlet, Barnegat Light State Park, New Jersey

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You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

If you are interested in seeing more of my waterfowl photography, please visit my gallery: www.greggard.com/ducks​

And here are some books that help me with my bird photography:

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NJ Photography waterfowl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/4/common-eider-barnegat-light-nj Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:00:20 GMT
Great Horned Owlets in the nest - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/4/owlets-in-the-nest-nj Another look at the local Great Horned Owl nest showing the daily routine of the owlets: yawning, wing stretching, preening and ... 🙈 😄


Feel free to share this video with your friends:)

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You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

To view more of my owl photography, please visit my gallery at: www.greggard.com/owls

 

Here are some books that help me a lot in finding those very secretive birds:

 

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ bird of prey owl video http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/4/owlets-in-the-nest-nj Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:20:56 GMT
Marbled Godwit feeding - San Diego, California http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/3/marbled-godwit-feeding-ca Marbled Godwit feeding on a receding tide at the Coronado Beach in San Diego, California:

Marbled Godwit searching for food in a shallow water of the Pacific Ocean at the  Coronado Beach, San Diego, CaliforniaMarbled Godwit feeding in a shallow waterMarbled Godwit searching for food - Coronado Beach, San Diego, California

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You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

To view more of my shorebird photography, please visit my gallery: greggard.com/shorebirds

Here are some of mine favorite shorebird guides for a quick read (to save money buy used books):

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird CA Photography shorebirds http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/3/marbled-godwit-feeding-ca Thu, 30 Mar 2017 23:23:11 GMT
Great Horned Owl nest - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/3/great-horned-owl-nest-nj Just another day at the Great Horned Owl nest:

- make sure to watch it in HD 1080 resolution here or on YouTube -

In the second part of the video, young owlets can be seen vibrating their throat muscles helping to cool their airways and lower elevated internal temperatures. It is their way of thermo-regulating :)

And here is a one of the owlets breaking the camouflage by yawning:

Great-horned Owlet breaking the camouflage by yawning - bird of prey photography Wyckoff, New JerseyGreat Horned Owlet yawningGreat Horned Owlets in the nest - Bergen County, New Jersey

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Can you see the second owlet? :)

I photographed these owlets in the nest here in Bergen County, New Jersey.

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You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

To view more of my owl photography, please visit my gallery at: www.greggard.com/owls

 

Here are some books that help me a lot in finding those very secretive birds:

 

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ bird of prey owl video http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/3/great-horned-owl-nest-nj Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:31:32 GMT
Peregrine Falcons mating - State Line Lookout, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/3/peregrine-falcons-mating-nj During mating, tiercel curls its sharp talons away from female's body to not to hurt her. As he doesn't have anything to hang on, he rapidly flaps his wings to keep the balance. The rest is self explanatory, I believe :D

 

- make sure to select HD 1080 or higher resolution for best quality -

Even though there is still snow on the ground here in Northern New Jersey, as you can see Spring arrived in a great fashion! State Line Lookout, in the Palisades Interstate Park, is the place to be to see copulating Peregrine Falcons. To buy surprise, this is not a one a day thing :) These birds of prey can be seen mating multiple times a day, giving excellent chances to photograph them. This is a 3rd week as they been seen mating so there is not much time left. Otherwise, I hope you enjoyed this video and hopefully I will post some more for your viewing pleasure ;)

The recovery of the American Peregrine Falcon is one of the Endangered Species Act’s most dramatic success stories. It wouldn’t be possible without effortless work of many organizations and volunteers. Thank you!

Please help to continue the preservation of New Jersey's threatened and endangered wildlife by supporting work of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJhttp://www.conservewildlifenj.org/getinvolved/donate/
and The Peregrine Fundhttps://peregrinefund.org/donate

Less known fact, and much easier to help, is that you can support their efforts by regularly shopping on Amazon via http://smile.amazon.com - make sure to pick "Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey Inc" or "Peregrine Fund Inc" as you charity. There is no additional cost to you. Anything helps!

If you make your Amazon purchase via this link: http://amzn.to/19kQxUT I will personally donate 3x the amount that Amazon would!

Feel free to share this post and/or video 

 

Make sure to visit often or better yet, subscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/gregsthings to be notified with each new video upload. 

Additionally, you can follow me on these social media outlets:

- Instagram at: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

If interested, please visit my falcon gallery, at: www.greggard.com/falcons

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey video http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/3/peregrine-falcons-mating-nj Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:11:20 GMT
Young Peregrine Falcon - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/3/peregrine-falcon-juvie-nj Close-up of a young Peregrine Falcon flying by and showing its juvenile plumage and tail feathers: 

Close-up of a young Peregrine Falcon flying by showing its juvenile plumage and tail feathers - Stateline Lookout / hawk watch, Palisades, Bergen County, NJJuvenile Peregrine FalconJuvenile Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrines - State Line Lookout, Palisades Interstate Park, New Jersey - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

How about those talons? Super long, aren't they? :)

I photographed this fledgling Peregrine Falcon, flying above the hawk watch, at the State Line Lookout, off the Palisades Interstate Parkway, in Northern New Jersey - map

You can follow me on these social media outlets:

- Instagram at: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

Please help to continue the preservation of New Jersey's threatened and endangered wildlife by supporting work of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ: www.conservewildlifenj.org/getinvolved/donate/ as well as The Peregrine Fund: https://peregrinefund.org/donate

You can also support their efforts by shopping on Amazon at no additional cost to you via http://smile.amazon.com <- make sure to pick "Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey Inc" or "Peregrine Fund Inc" as you charity.

If you make your Amazon purchase via this link: http://amzn.to/19kQxUT I will personally donate 3x the amount that Amazon would!

If interested, please visit my falcon gallery, at: www.greggard.com/falcons

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/3/peregrine-falcon-juvie-nj Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:38:19 GMT
Short-billed Dowitcher - Jamaica Bay, NYC http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/3/dowitcher-jamaica-bay-nyc Short-billed Dowitcher at the moment of lifting off after the bath in a shallow water, at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, New York City:

Short-billed Dowitcher at the moment of lifting off - shorebird photography Jamaica Bay, New York City, NY, USAShort-billed DowitcherShort-billed Dowitcher lifting off - Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, New York, USA

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I mostly see these birds feeding, so it was nice to photograph it with its wings raised and showing the underwing feathers for a change :) 

 

You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

To view more of my shorebird photography, please visit my gallery: greggard.com/shorebirds

Here are some of mine favorite shorebird guides for a quick read (to save money buy used books):

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NY Photography shorebirds http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/3/dowitcher-jamaica-bay-nyc Thu, 09 Mar 2017 01:16:14 GMT
Marbled Godwit - San Diego, California http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/2/marbled-godwit-san-diego-ca The hardest part in bird photography is to convince your subject that you are not a threat. While on the beach, it is quite easy to achieve. Stay low, do not make sudden movements and patiently wait for birds come to you. Using this simple technique, I was able to get this photograph of a Marbled Godwit, in winter plumage, walking straight towards my camera:

Marbled Godwit walking on a beach straight on towards a camera - San Diego California shorebird photographyMarbled GodwitMarbled Godwit straight on San Diego, California

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I had a great time photographing godwits, and other shorebirds, on the beaches of San Diego, California last year. Fun memories and lots more photographs to share :)

 

You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

To view more of my shorebird photography, please visit my gallery: greggard.com/shorebirds

Here are some of mine favorite shorebird guides for a quick read (to save money buy used books):

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DX 600mm Bird CA Photography shorebirds tips http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/2/marbled-godwit-san-diego-ca Wed, 01 Mar 2017 02:22:45 GMT
Snowy Owl - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/2/snowy-owl-nj Short clip of a Snowy Owl peacefully resting on a beach, here in New Jersey:

- make sure to watch it in HD 1080 resolution here or on YouTube -

I just love those big yellow eyes :)

I'm pretty sure it is a female owl but I'm not really sure what age. Is it an adult bird? I'm curious what you think...

 

As I'm getting more comfortable with recording videos and post-processing (I wish this part was easier :) ), I will be sharing more videos I've taken of these amazing birds of prey. Make sure to visit often or better yet, subscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/gregsthings to be notified with each new upload. 

You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

To view more of my owl photography, please visit my gallery at: www.greggard.com/owls

 

Here are some books that help me a lot in finding those very secretive birds:

 

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ bird of prey owl video http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/2/snowy-owl-nj Fri, 24 Feb 2017 02:09:54 GMT
Short-eared Owl flying by - Black Dirt Region, NY http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/2/seow-in-flight-ny Short-eared Owl on a hunt flying over an overgrown field in search of prey

Short-eared Owl on a hunt flying over an overgrown field and searching for prey - Black Dirt region, Orange County, New YorkShort-eared OwlShort-eared Owl flying by - Pine Island, New York

- for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

 

I photographed this Short-eared Owl at the Black Dirt region of Orange County, New York.

 

You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

To view more of my owl photography, please visit my gallery: www.greggard.com/owls

 

Here are some books that help me with finding these very secretive birds of prey:

 

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NY Photography bird of prey owl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/2/seow-in-flight-ny Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:41:27 GMT
Singing adult male Indigo Bunting - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/2/singing-indigo-bunting-nj Thinking of songbird spring migration as of late :)

Here is a short clip of a beautiful adult male Indigo Bunting singing to establish its breeding territory:

I've recorded this video last Spring in New Jersey. These beautiful blue birds usually arrive in late April, here in NJ.

You still have some time to work on your warbler identification skills. I found these books/guides very helpful last year:

 

As I'm getting more comfortable with recording videos and post-processing (I wish this part was easier :) ), I will be sharing more bird videos on YouTube. If you wish to be notified on my newest uploads, please subscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/gregsthings 

You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

To view more warbler photographs, please visit my gallery: www.greggard.com/songbirds

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm NJ bird songbird video warbler http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/2/singing-indigo-bunting-nj Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:52:08 GMT
Short-eared Owl on a hunt - New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/2/short-eared-owl-ny Approaching Short-eared Owl locked on target:

Determined Short-eared Owl locked on a target and flying straight on -  New York bird of prey photographyHunting Short-eared OwlHunting Short-eared Owl locked on to a target - Orange County, NY

- for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

I photographed this Short-eared Owl on an overcast day Black Dirt region in Orange County, New York.

By manually setting a proper exposure for an owl, camera overexposed the sky rendering it almost white. No photoshop tricks here folks :) All done in a camera... 

You can find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

To view more of my owl photography, please visit my gallery: www.greggard.com/owls

 

Here are some books that help me a lot in finding those very secretive birds:

 

If you are about to create a website for your photography, and need a discount coupon code for your new Zenfolio account, please use my referral code: YRF-6XN-3BX at the checkout to save up to 30%.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NY Photography bird of prey owl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/2/short-eared-owl-ny Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:32:49 GMT
Molting Peregrine Falcon - Palisades Interstate Park, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/2/peregrine-falcon-palisades-nj Juvenile female Peregrine Falcon during a transition period to adult plumage, photographed at the State Line Lookout, Palisades, Bergen County, Northern New Jersey - map

Juvenile Peregrine Falcon motling into adult plumage bird of prey photography, Bergen County, NJJuvenile Peregrine Falcon motling into adult plumageJuvenile female Peregrine Falcon during transition period into adult's plumage State Line Lookout, New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/2/peregrine-falcon-palisades-nj Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:31:09 GMT
Gyrfalcon - State Line Lookout, Palisades, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/1/gyrfalcon-palisades-nj After reading the report of a possible gray morph Gyrfalcon at the State Line Lookout, Palisades, New Jersey even this cloudy, dreary day didn't stop me from visiting the Palisades. As I often do, I ventured away from the group of photographers and headed north of the hawk watch to enjoy the park. As I was coming back from my hike, around 4PM, I've noticed a larger (than peregrine) bird flying low below the cliffs. As I was taking a series of photographs, this falcon took a wide turn and headed towards me. Most likely it was interested in the sound of my camera :) Right after, Gyrfalcon disappeared below the cliffs. It is possible that either it perched somewhere "under" the hawk watch platform or flew "under the cliffs", undetected by the group of photographers/birders that was standing by the south "peregrine" perch. 

Thanks go to Mike Girone and Michael Britt for spreading the word on the message boards!

Unfortunately, Gyrfalcon mostly stayed far away from the cliffs but I was able to get some photographs that I hope will help with identification of this bird:

Rare gray Gyrfalcon flying by the State Line Lookout, NJGray GyrfalconState Line Lookout, New Jersey

Rare gray Gyrfalcon flying by the State Line Lookout, NJGray GyrfalconState Line Lookout, New Jersey Rare gray Gyrfalcon flying by the State Line Lookout, NJGray GyrfalconState Line Lookout, New Jersey Rare gray Gyrfalcon flying by the State Line Lookout, NJGray GyrfalconState Line Lookout, New Jersey

Rare gray Gyrfalcon flying by the State Line Lookout, NJGray GyrfalconState Line Lookout, New Jersey

I hope that this Gyrfalcon stays for couple more days so more people can see it! 

 

Update 1/25

As far as I know, this gyrfalcon was last seen on Monday 1/23 late afternoon. There were no resightings in the past two days...

Update 1/26

Gyrfalcon was seen today between 1:20PM and 2PM. It was last seen flying across the river towards Yonkers. You can also check these 2 Facebook groups for current updates, discussions and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/njbirds/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/1493442824231198/ 

Update 1/27

Once again, Gyrfalcon was seen today, around 1PM. At this time, it was seen being chased by local pair of Peregrine Falcons. It perched on a tree, north of hawk watch, and later was seen flying across the river towards Yonkers. 

Update 1/28

I've spent 4 hours at the lookout waiting for this bird but it was a no show. I left before 3PM... As of 5:30PM, I didn't hear any positive reports from others either. Hopefully, gyrfalcon is still around and will come to the lookout on Sunday. Fingers crossed...

Update 1/29-30

A lot of man power and time was put in in search for this bird at the hawk watch. Unfortunately, this is a day 3 without 100% positive sightings of the gyrfalcon.

Update 2/2

As most of us thought that this bird had moved on north, it was briefly seen flying over the hawk watch in last two days. I'm not sure of the accuracy of these reports but there is hope :)

 

Thank you all reporting back on recent sighings of this Gyrfalcon!

 

Please help to continue the preservation of New Jersey's threatened and endangered wildlife by supporting work of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJwww.conservewildlifenj.org/getinvolved/donate/ as well as The Peregrine Fundhttps://peregrinefund.org/donate

You can also support their efforts by shopping on Amazon, at no additional cost to you, via Amazon Smile http://smile.amazon.com <- make sure to pick "Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey Inc" or "Peregrine Fund Inc" as you charity.

If you make your Amazon purchase via this link: http://amzn.to/19kQxUT I will personally donate 3x the amount that Amazon would!

If interested, you can view more of my falcon photography, at: www.greggard.com/falcons

Here is some general information about Gyrfalcons from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Gyrfalcon/id):

  • Size & Shape

    Gyrfalcons are very large falcons. They have pointed wings, but they are not as pointed or as narrow as the wings of smaller falcons. The tail is relatively long. The body is thick and powerful, particularly in females, which are substantially larger than males.

  • Color Pattern

    Although the classic image of a Gyrfalcon is a regal white bird with black spotting, the birds occur in shades of white, gray, and dark brown. In North America, gray birds are more numerous than the other two morphs. Adults are heavily barred on the back, wings, and tail, with spotted underparts. Juveniles are heavily streaked; the flight feathers of dark juveniles are lighter and contrast with the rest of the wing.

  • Behavior

    They hunt primarily birds in open country, sometimes flying high and attacking from above, but more often approaching fast and low, hugging ground contours. They often perch on the ground.

  • Habitat

    Gyrfalcons breed on arctic tundra. When they come south for winter, they look for similar habitat: open fields, coastlines, dunes, prairie, and shrubsteppe.

Interesting Facts:

- The Gyrfalcon hunts mostly ptarmigan, and its breeding distribution is strikingly similar to that of the Rock Ptarmigan. But it preys on many other bird species, including sage-grouse, jaegers, gulls, terns, fulmars, auks, pheasants, hawks, owls, ravens, and songbirds. It can also hunt mammals as big as hares.

- When their chicks are too small to eat an entire prey item in one meal, female Gyrfalcons store leftovers behind vegetation within a few hundred feet of the nest, and retrieve the food later for themselves or their chicks. Little is known of food-caching outside the breeding season; in one case, a Gyrfalcon was seen retrieving a frozen ptarmigan and chipping off pieces of meat to eat, in mid-winter in the Aleutian Islands.

- During the breeding season, a family of Gyrfalcons needs an estimated 2–3 pounds of food per day. That’s about 2-3 ptarmigans per day, which adds up to about 150-200 ptarmigan consumed between courtship and fledging.

- Gyrfalcon is pronounced as "JER-falcon." The name probably evolved from Old Norse, but linguists do not completely agree on the specific origin of the word.

-Male Gyrfalcons are commonly seen capturing fledgling songbirds in the area around the nest. They probably seek small prey only when it can be obtained quickly, since larger prey provides a bigger payoff for their efforts.

- Adult males are much smaller than females: males average less than 3 pounds while females average up to 4 pounds. Both males and females have highly variable plumage coloration, ranging from nearly pure white to dark gray-brown. In North America, most are an intermediate gray color.

- The oldest Gyrfalcon on record, a male, was at least 14 years, 8 months old when he was recaptured and released at a banding station in Wisconsin in 2015.

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 100-400mm 1DXII Bird NJ bird of prey rare http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/1/gyrfalcon-palisades-nj Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:49:41 GMT
Short-eared Owls in-flight - slow motion video http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/1/short-eared-owls-in-flight-ny I just finished processing another slow motion video showing majestic flights and maneuvers of the Short-eared Owls flying over the overgrown farm fields:

- make sure to watch it in HD 1080 resolution here or on YouTube -

Slow motion nicely brings out the detail of their flights often overlooked when seen in real life at normal speed. Notice how powerful those wing strokes are. Simply amazing...

As I'm getting more comfortable with recording videos and post-processing (I wish this part was easier :) ), I will be sharing more videos I've taken of these amazing birds of prey. Make sure to visit often or better yet, subscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/gregsthings to be notified with each new upload. 

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Here are some books that help me a lot in finding those very secretive birds:

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NY bird of prey owl slomo video http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/1/short-eared-owls-in-flight-ny Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:28:40 GMT