Greg Gard: Blog http://www.greggard.com/blog en-us (C) Greg Gard info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:32:00 GMT Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:32:00 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:

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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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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:

 

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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

 

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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!

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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

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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

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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 :) 

 

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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):

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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:

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- 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):

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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:

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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:

 

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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

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

 

You can find me also on:

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- 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:

 

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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:

 

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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 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

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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:

 

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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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You can find me on:

- 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

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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. 

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 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
Soaked Barred Owlet - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/1/barred-owlet-nj Soaked Barred Owl fledgling hiding between leaves:

Soaked fledgling Barred Owl perched on a tree, between green leaves, NJ bird of prey photographyBarred Owl fledglingBarred Owlet drying off - New Jersey - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

 

You can find me 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 NJ Photography bird of prey owl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/1/barred-owlet-nj Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:27:32 GMT
American Oystercatcher chick - Nickerson Beach, NY http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/1/amoy-chick-nickerson-ny Happy New Year Everyone!

Here is a photo of a 2 days old American Oystercatcher chick photographed this past Summer at the Nickerson Beach, New York

Two day old American Oystercatcher chick walking along the sandy beach at the Nickerson Beach, New York, USAAmerican Oystercatcher hatchlingAmerican Oystercatcher chick walking on sand - Nickerson Beach, New York

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You can find me on:

- Instagram at: greggardphoto

- Twitter: newtobirding

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

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

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 Ultimate Guide to Nickerson Beach, here: http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/7/nickerson-beach-ny-guide

Here are some of my favorite books offering great shorebird education (to save money buy used books):

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NY Photography chick nickerson http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/1/amoy-chick-nickerson-ny Mon, 02 Jan 2017 16:53:56 GMT
Short-eared Owl midair fight - Black Dirt Region, New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/12/short-eared-owl-midair-fight-video Here are my latest, short, slow motion videos of the Short-eared Owls that I've been lucky to photograph in the recent weeks:

1 - Midair fight of two Short-eared Owls - What I particularly like about this clip, is the upside down flip of the owl on the bottom. Did you notice the length of its legs? :)

 

2 - On the hunt - Short-eared Owl taking a sharp turn and a dive, while hunting over the farm fields in New York state. I like how this owl first turns its head and whole body follows right after...

Pretty neat, isn't it? 

I'm getting more into recording video. I would like to hear some of your comments and critique. 

You can find me 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:

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NY bird of prey owl slomo video http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/12/short-eared-owl-midair-fight-video Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:49:18 GMT
Young Peregrine Falcon in-flight - NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/12/young-peregrine-falcon-flying Juvenile Peregrine Falcon flying above the hawk watch at the State Line Lookout, off the Palisades Interstate Parkway, in Northern New Jersey - map

Look from below on young Peregrine Falcon flying over the Hudson River at State Line Lookout, New JerseyJuvenile Peregrine FalconJuvenile Peregrine Falcon flying by as seen from below State Line Lookout, New Jersey

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You can find me on:

- 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

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/12/young-peregrine-falcon-flying Tue, 27 Dec 2016 23:37:48 GMT
Hunting Short-eared Owl - Black Dirt Region, NY http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/12/short-eared-owl-new-york Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

Here is a little farm angel for you :)

Short-eared Owl hovering over the farm field in a search for voles Indiana Rd, Black Dirt Region, Orange County, New YorkShort-eared OwlShort-eared Owl hovering over the farm field in a search for voles Orange County, New York

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I photographed this beautiful bird of prey at the Black Dirt Region of the Orange County, NY. Banner year for these owls for sure!

 

You can find me on:

 - Instagram at: greggardphoto

- Twitter: newtobirding

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

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:

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird Photography bird of prey owl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/12/short-eared-owl-new-york Sun, 25 Dec 2016 01:17:02 GMT
Female Hooded Merganser - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/12/female-hooded-merganser-nj Female Hooded Merganser swimming by at the local lake in Bergen County, New Jersey:

Adult female Hooded Merganser swimming on the lake in the Northern New JerseyFemale Hooded MerganserFemale adult Hooded Merganser - Lophodytes cucullatus

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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/2016/12/female-hooded-merganser-nj Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:38:14 GMT
Juvenile Peregrine Falcon - NJ Palisades http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/12/juvenile-peregrine-falcon Young female Peregrine Falcon during her transition period from juvenile to adult plumage:

Juvenile female Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) transitioning to adult plumage, perched on a dead, weathered branch hanging off the cliffs at the Palisades Interstate Park, New JerseyJuvenile female Peregrine FalconJuvenile female Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) during her transition period to adult plumage - State Line Lookout, Palisades Interstate Park, New Jersey

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Usually, we are able to see either growing up fledglings or adult birds at the Palisades Interstate Park, NJ. This year, 2016, was a little bit different as this 1 year old raptor, migrated to and took residence at the State Line Lookout. Beautiful bird to watch for sure!

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

 

 

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/12/juvenile-peregrine-falcon Sat, 17 Dec 2016 19:22:50 GMT
Short-eared Owl - Black Dirt region, New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/12/short-eared-owl-ny Short-eared Owl flying low above the farm field in a search of a prey:

Short-eared Owl flying low above the farm field at Black Dirt Region, Orange County, New YorkShort-eared OwlApproaching Short-eared Owl Orange County, New York - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

Even thought this season barely started, it is already one for the books!

Many long time visitors to the Black Dirt region in Orange County, New York agree that short-eared owls were never this active there, as this year. Since mid November these owls can be seen hunting and fighting with each other as early as 2 hours before the sunset! I couldn't believe my eyes first time I saw them this active so early in a day. And this happens every day! Simply amazing! 

If you have an idea what is causing this, please feel free to share your thoughts. Let me add, that there is no shortage in food, there is no snow cover and temperatures were very mild so far...

 

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:

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1DXII 600mm Bird NY Photography bird of prey owl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/12/short-eared-owl-ny Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:47:54 GMT