Greg Gard: Blog http://www.greggard.com/blog en-us (C) Greg Gard info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) Thu, 17 May 2018 00:53:00 GMT Thu, 17 May 2018 00:53:00 GMT Heron Rookery - New Jersey - Location Guide http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/5/heron-rookery-nj There is no need to go to Florida to photograph heron rookery. 

New Jersey has its own!

And it quickly became very popular with many photographers for its unique viewing area that offers an excellent opportunity to observe and photograph nesting Black and Yellow-crowned Night Herons at the eye level and even from above.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron perched a top of a tree - New Jersey bird photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x teleconverterJuvenile Black-crowned Night HeronBlack-crowned Night Heron

 

Immature Black-crowned Night-Herons fighting with each other at the heron Rookery in Ocean City, New JerseyImmature Black-crowned Night-HeronsDispute between two juvenile Black-crowned Night-Herons

Every year rookery attracts more birds with Glossy Ibis family being my favorite:

Juvenile Glossy IbisGlossy IbisJuvenile Glossy Ibis vocalizing to its parents at the heron rookery

 

In my newest Location Guide, I’m sharing tips on:

- how to get highly desirable photographs with a beautiful bokeh/backgrounds

- how to get a flying shots on the green background

- how to time your visit for a specific behavior (courtship displays, nesting, fledging etc).

 

Adult Glossy Ibis in-flight at the rookery / heronry in Southern New Jersey wading bird photographyGlossy Ibis in flightAdult Glossy Ibis flying by at the heron rookery

 

List of birds that you may see at this heron rookery:

Black-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Glossy Ibis

Tricolored Heron

Little Blue Heron

Boat-Tailed and Common Grackles

Red-winged Blackbird

many warblers

Clapper Rail

Willets

Great Egret

with Ospreys, Black Skimmers, Least Terns frequently flying over

 

This guide is written to give you a great start on your very first visit and to improve your skills if you are unable to get the quality of images you see online. Following simple tips in this guide, http://www.greggard.com/purchase-a-location-guide , will highly improve your chances of getting them on your next visit there. No photoshop tricks required! All images you see in this post had only basic adjustments done: saturation, exposure, contrast, sharpening. No fancy, 1 hour processing was required. 

 

Information in my guides takes into consideration that you know how to properly set the exposure, how to operate your camera etc. Otherwise, I will suggest taking a workshop. If you need a recommendation for one, send me an email (or leave a private comment). I may know a perfect person for you.

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) bird guide nj photography tips http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/5/heron-rookery-nj Thu, 17 May 2018 00:05:09 GMT
My Locations Guides vs ethics http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/5/locations-guides-and-ethics With all the misinformation and misunderstanding about my Location Guides that I started to offer recently, it is time to clear some things up as I cannot keep up with responding to everyone personally.

 

Short version:

I’m not selling my guides in the purpose of making money from disclosing a location. This kind of information is already shared, or should I say “over shared”, on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, eBird etc. by many, many others and a simple search can prove it! To my surprise, none of these people are getting the amount of “hate mail” as I do, even though they disclose the exact location with much more people than I will ever sell my guides to!

 

If you are planning on buying my guides simply to find out where exactly that location is, STOP! Do yourself a favor, save money and search online. Believe me, you will find it! If you end up finding it, please consider donating the saved money to local organizations that provide free care and assistance to injured birds like The Raptor Trust  and/or work on protecting wildlife, like Conserve Wildlife NJ  

 

As you will learn in near future, all my guides are on very popular locations. Some of them are popular since 1990’s!

 

I’m not selling the locations.

I’m selling guides on how to get the most out of that location with bird photography in mind. Something that photography workshops are already offering at these locations. My guides cannot substitute a workshop and if you can afford one, I highly recommend taking one.

 

The main reason I charge for my guides, is the time it took me to research that location. Believe me, at some locations, it took me several seasons to know how to photograph there to get the best shots. Sometimes, a small change like wrong wind direction or showing up at the wrong tide can make a huge difference in the action and quality of photographs. Cost of the guide covers also my time spent on preparing, writing guides and most importantly, large percentage of the money from these guides will be donated to the charity of my choice at the end of the year. 

 

And yes, I do disclose the location in my guides. As one can imagine, you cannot write a travel guide without disclosing the destination. You cannot run a photography workshop or birding meet up without disclosing the location.

 

You can see an example of the information I share in my guides, here: http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/7/nickerson-beach-ny-guide

 

For those questioning my birding ethics, please read the long version to know more about me and my guides.

 

Contrary to the common believe, there are nests and roosting locations that are completely safe to share. Take the Barn Owl roosting site in NYC for example. After discovering it, almost every birder shares its location. Thousands upon thousands people visited this location. And guess what? Owl keeps coming back to the same spot despite all the crowds and noise in the park/city. Isn’t it amazing?

 

 

In return for reading the long version, I will share with you a link to a free app that you can use while traveling to find great landscape locations.

 

Long version:

I knew from the beginning that my idea of writing location guides will be met with opposition from local photographers, especially those that do not like to share any information with others. As it has been proven over the years, these locations that I’m writing guides on, are very popular and far away from being secret locations. Simple Google search can prove it. People are freely sharing these locations online and no one is being approached with such a negativity as I currently am. Most importantly, birds at those locations, are not affected by increased popularity. Contrary, many locations have a large following and often “self-policing” stops others from misbehaving/trespassing. More on that further down…

 

The main idea behind my Location Guides started when people kept contacting me on how exactly I’m getting the quality of shots at these locations. They knew already about these spots but they couldn’t get the quality of photographs even with similar camera gear that I have. For some, it can come as a surprise but the most expensive gear doesn’t guarantee the best results. Additionally, many people from other states, and even countries, were contacting me asking for more details about these locations. They knew already where they are but they didn’t know what is the best time of the year to visit them or if these locations are still active etc. At the beginning, I was replying to everyone separately, but as you can imagine, after a while, it was taking to much of my time. I’m a self taught photographer, and it took me long time to get to the level I’m currently at. At the time I started, there was not much information on the internet and non of the local photographers wanted to share the information with me. For that reason, I know how hard it can be for the beginners and I love to help them as much as I can. I'm also aware that there are many more people that are simply afraid to ask for help. These guides are for them! I started with writing free guides, like this one on Nickerson Beach: http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/7/nickerson-beach-ny-guide but quickly I started to get the "hate mail" from local photographers. Even though this location is know to attract photographers since 1990's and every season there are at least 10 workshops being organized there and many camera clubs, some as big as +30 members, make a trip there every summer. But guess what, I've been blamed "to make this spot popular and no longer worth a visit" by some. Can you believe this?!? 

 

What might be surprising to many local photographers and birders, and something that isn’t popular in our state yet, are the bird photography location guides across USA and other countries. Of course, more popular are bird photography workshops but not everyone can afford those nor can schedule such a trip year in advance. Myself included. I would love to go on some of these workshops but paying $500 for half a day or over $5000 for couple of days isn’t the way I like to spend my money. Yes, one can find bird information online but most of that information is written by birders for birders. Most of the books available in the bookstores are for birders, not bird photographers. What is the difference? For many birders seeing a bird only for a second, is good enough. For others, only hearing one is worth a trip. For photographers, this information and this kind go encounters are simply useless. I just came back from a trip to Arizona. Most of the information that I was able to find online on Arizona bird locations was based on information from birders. And yes, if my trip was about getting as many birds as I can get on my “life bird” list, even only by hearing one, I would be in heaven! There were so many new birds that I could hear! Unfortunately, getting a photo of one based on that information, was almost impossible. And this is where the location guides for bird photographers come into the play! These guides are written with photographers in mind. To help a photographer to get the best photograph, not just adding another bird to the list. 

As far as I am aware of, there are guides available to photograph birds in Florida, Arizona, California, Michigan, Ohio, Costa Rica, Ecuador, British Columbia/Canada and many, many other locations. And I’ve used some of them with a great success. With some, I was burnt as the well known bird photographer was/is selling guides on locations that are no longer active. Fortunately, I was still able to make out OK but I wonder what happens to the people that take his workshops at these locations… That’s a story for another post…

If you want to photograph Burrowing Owls in Florida, there is a location guide on that!

If you want to photograph songbirds in Ohio or Michigan, there is a location guide on that!

If you want to travel to Nome or Barrow Alaska to photograph nesting birds, you guessed it! There is a location guide on that! 

 

From my own experience, I know how helpful these guides/eBooks are, especially when visiting a particular location for the first and last time. The older I get, I come to the conclusion that I won’t be able to come back to the same location for the second time. And even if I do, there is no guarantee that that location will be still active. Therefore, I’m very thankful to those that share as much information as they can, either if it is free or for a small payment. I wish, I could afford a week long workshops to Alaska or Churchill but I have a better use for +$8000. Yes, this is how much some of the workshops cost there. If one offered a locations guide for $100, I would gladly pay for that information and plan my trip around my schedule not someone else’s.

 

 

Ethics

As for those questioning my birding ethics, especially regarding my latest Red-tailed Hawk nest location guide, let me present you with some examples that come to mind:

Some of so called "conservationist photographers", who are praised for their good ethics and often being given as an example to follow by many organizations, are benefiting from disclosing these locations by either writing articles for a compensation: https://wildplanetphotomagazine.com/2017/beach-birds-new-york/  or by conducting workshops at the nesting grounds like Barrow, Alaska: https://www.melissagroo.com/workshops

 

For few years, there had been a nest of Great Horned Owls that year after year was attracting more visitors. I bet that if I was to sell a guide on that location, I will be bombarded with the hate mail for the rest of my life even though some were conducting workshops there. In the first year of the popularity of that nest, one of the well-known birding ethic advocates in our area, was in disbelieve that people were sharing this nest’s location online. Something changed, as the next year he wrote and article disclosing the exact location of this nest in the local newspaper. That newspaper has a readership of over 70,000 people  and even more online. Don’t believe me? Here is an article from 2017, as the older links seem not to be active anymore: https://www.northjersey.com/story/life/2017/05/03/bird-watcher-springtime-comings-and-goings/308896001/ if you want more proof, simply google it… ( I just realized, the author "exposed" 3 nests in this article :O )

I don’t even want to imagine what would have happened if I shared this nest's location with so many people!

 

Another example is from this past Winter and the irruption of Snowy Owls here in NJ. Right as the very first Snowy Owls started to show up in New Jersey, many locations and many Facebook groups started to ban photographs of Snowy Owls. Mainly to “protect” these owls from photographers. One state park on the other hand, did the opposite. They advertised on Facebook and on their website ( https://www.friendsofibsp.org/breaking-news/guest-column-the-snowy-owl-winter-visitors/ ) that they have multiple Snowy Owls! WHAT?!? Not only that, they invited press ( link1 , link2 ) and even local TV stations ( link ) to promote these rare visitors. They shared this information with over 500,000 people. But if any of the photographers did that… one can only imagine what would have happened…

 

Those questioning my birding ethics, please explain to me how is that that NOT any one of you raised the voice about these actions?!? Huh?

 

I didn’t complain because I knew that nothing wrong could be done there. For those that knew the Wyckoff Great Horned Owl nest, know exactly how far it was from the viewing spot. This is the reason why people were freely sharing its location. And the more people were there, the more well behaving the crowd was. Same is true with the Snowy Owls. That park knew that there is no reason of hiding the fact that they have owls, as people will share it online anyway. And the more people they attract, the more people will be watching for any misbehavior aka self-policing.

 

How is that related to my Location Guide on the Red-taield Hawk nest? Very simple. The Red-tailed Hawk nest is located at the very similar distance, if not further away, that the Great Horned Owl nest. Not only that, there is no way of getting under that tree to “harass” these birds. Something that cannot be said about the Wyckoff nest (some tried and got caught). Also, take a look at the short video below. Most importantly listen and see for yourself how much noise there is all day long, on every weekday:

- Make sure to have the sound on! -

 

If these birds aren't bothered by guns constantly being fired there, do you really think that constantly increasing group of people watching their nest will have negative effect? Last year, I've been proven wrong at this location.  Hopefully you will change your mind as well...

 

Locations like these offer great opportunity to observe nesting birds in the wild without any disturbance. There is still a lot that can be learnt about birds and the more eyes on them the better. With someone always watching, there will be someone to help in case a chick falls out of the nest or report any misbehavior.

 

If you still insists that this Red-tailed Hawk nest should be left alone, maybe you should start advocating for the shooting range to be closed during the nesting season. Drones should be prohibited in the park as well in that time, don’t you think?

 

And here is the promised link - If you travel and have hard time finding shot worthy landscape spots, consider downloading this free app that has a large database of popular locations around the world: https://improvephotography.com/rgps/

 

Those that know me, know exactly that I will never share a location where birds are not comfortable with humans. Not only that. If I see that birds are not comfortable with my presence, I don’t even go there! I’m able to find other locations where birds don’t mind my presence and this is where I’m able to get the best photographs.  

 

I will end here for now, as I don’t want to take any more of your time. Thank you for reading all of this and I hope this gave you an idea what the real intent of my location guides is.

 

If you are still against my guides, than you are also against all the photography workshops at these locations. 

If that’s the case, you are also against the camera clubs and online meet ups that come to some of these locations, correct? 

In this case, you are also against all the birder group walks that to these places, correct? 

I can go on and on but it becomes clear that the problem may be actually with you and not all these groups… 

With all this anger towards so many people, maybe it is time for you to look for another hobby!!!

 

Have a great day everyone and please enjoy your next outing outdoors!

 

Have something to say? Leave a comment down below. Just keep in mind, that if you don’t use your real name or FB/Instagram handle, I won’t approve it. It is to easy for one person to leave multiple, hateful comments acting as there are many people leaving them. We all went through this kind of trolling/scams in the last election :) And please no expletives, I have few regular minor readers of my blog.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) bird guides http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/5/locations-guides-and-ethics Fri, 11 May 2018 03:38:38 GMT
Red-tailed Hawk nest Location Guide - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/4/red-tailed-hawk-nest-nj Adult female Red-tailed Hawk in the nest carrying for two young chicks:

Red-tailed Hawk  carrying for its chicks in the nest - Passaic County, NJ
Red-tailed Hawk nestRed-tailed Hawk in the nest New Jersey - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

 

If you would like to visit this nest, you can get the exact information on how to photograph there in my Location Guide: http://www.greggard.com/purchase-a-location-guide

 

Stay assured, this nest is located far from the viewing point which doesn't interfere with these hawks' daily routine. Seeing how many people visit this park, and how loud it can be there, it is very surprising how tolerant this family is and this is why I'm comfortable with sharing this location with you. If the human presence would interfere with the nesting season of these birds in any way, I would never share it nor visit it.

 

If you can't visit this nest, 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 :)

You can also find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Youtube: gregsthings

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

- 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 -

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shippingbut also free video and music streamingfree electronic versions of many books and magazinesand one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL- I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

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 bird of prey guide nj photography tips http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/4/red-tailed-hawk-nest-nj Fri, 27 Apr 2018 23:39:20 GMT
Wood Ducks of Orange County, New York - Location Guide http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/3/wood-duck-location-guide-ny Adult female Wood Duck swimming in the golden water:

Adult hen Wood Duck swimming in a pond - Wood Ducks Orange County, New York bird photography location guide / ebook Female Wood DuckAdult female Wood Duck swimming in a golden water - Orange County, New York - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

 

This photograph was taken at 400mm. If you’ve been photographing Wood Ducks before, you probably know how skittish they are and that it doesn’t happen to often to get such a cooperative model. This location offers a great opportunity of photographing them at the close distance. And now, it is a perfect time of the year to get a photo of them swimming in the “golden” water.

If you would like to know where exactly and how to photograph them, you can purchase my Wood Duck of Orange County, New York guide here: http://www.greggard.com/wood-ducks-orange-county-ny

Males aren't shy at this pond either :)

Adult drake Wood Duck swimming in a pond - Wood Ducks Orange County, New York bird photography location guide / ebook Wood Duck drakeAdult male Wood Duck swimming in golden water Adult drake Wood Duck swimming in a pond - Wood Ducks Orange County, New York bird photography location guide / ebook Wood Duck drakeAdult male Wood Duck - Orange County, New York

You can also find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Youtube: gregsthings

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

- 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 -

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

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) 100-400mm 1dxii bird ducks ny photography http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/3/wood-duck-location-guide-ny Fri, 30 Mar 2018 02:18:37 GMT
Black Skimmer with a fish - Nickerson Beach, NY http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/3/black-skimmer-fish-ny Close-up of an adult Black Skimmer, holding a just catch fish in its beak, ready to feed its chicks: Close-up of an adult Black Skimmer holding a just catch fish in its beak at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York bird photographyBlack SkimmerBlack Skimmer - Nickerson Beach, NY

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

 

I photographed this Black Skimmer at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York in the first hour of sunlight. In an effort to help others on their next visit to this famous for nesting shorebirds beach, I wrote a free Ultimate Guide: http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/7/nickerson-beach-ny-guide where I post frequent (in the season) updates where I find these birds. I hope you will find it useful! Let me know 😊

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

You can also find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Youtube: gregsthings

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

- 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. I'm very grateful for any purchase you make using one of my links. No personal data is shared with me -

 

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

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

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 nickerson ny photography shorebirds http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/3/black-skimmer-fish-ny Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:25:00 GMT
Harlequin Duck hen - Barnegat Light, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/3/harlequin-duck-nj Adult female Harlequin Duck resting on a jetty at the Barnegat Light State Park in Ocean County, New Jersey:

Female Harlequin Duck resting on a jetty at the Barnegat Light State Park, Ocean County, New Jersey, United StatesHarlequin Duck henHarelquin Duck - Barnegat Light State Park jetty, Ocean County, New Jersey, United States

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

and just for a comparison, this is how the male looks like:

Harlequin Duck drake standing on a mossy rock at the Barnegat Light jetty in New JerseyHarlequin Duck drakeAdult male Harelquin Duck Barnegat Light, NJ

 

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, New Jersey 

You can also find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Youtube: gregsthings

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

- 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 -

Here are my favorite books on ducks:

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

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) 500mm 7d bird nj photography waterfowl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/3/harlequin-duck-nj Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:15:00 GMT
Bald Eagle - Conowingo Dam, Maryland http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/3/bald-eagle-conowingo-dam-maryland Sub-adult Bald Eagle flying off with a just caught fish at the Conowingo Dam, Port Deposit, Maryland, USA

Sub-adult Bald Eagle with a just caught fish in its talons - best spot for bald eagles in eastern USA - Conowingo Dam, MarylandBald EagleBald Eagle - Conowingo Dam, Maryland, USA

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You can also find me also on:

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- 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 -

 

Here are some of my favorite books on birds of prey:

 

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

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 bird of prey md photography http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/3/bald-eagle-conowingo-dam-maryland Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:25:00 GMT
Semipalmated Plover - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/2/semipalmated-plover-nj Adult Semipalmated Plover taking a short break during its search for food along the incoming tide at the Jersey shore:

Close-up view on a Semipalmated Plover standing straight on at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in New JerseySemipalmated PloverSemipalmated Plover - New Jersey

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Semipalmated Plovers are most common of the small plovers during the Spring and Fall migration on both coast. The name "semipalmated" refers to partial webbing between the bird's toes. These plovers typically run a few steps and then pause, then run again, pecking at the ground whenever they spot something edible.

I photographed this molting adult during the Fall migration in the Ocean County, New Jersey.

 

You can also find me also on:

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

 

- 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 -

 

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

 

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1dx 600mm bird nj photography shorebird http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/2/semipalmated-plover-nj Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:25:00 GMT
Adult Black-necked Stilt - Bay Area, CA http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/2/black-necked-stilt-bay-area-ca Adult Black-necked Stilt walking along the shallow water of the San Francisco Bay Area, California:

Close-up of an adult female Black-necked Stilt walking in a shallow water of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USABlack-necked StiltAdult Black-necked Stilt San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

 

You can also find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Youtube: gregsthings

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

- 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 -

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

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 ca photography wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/2/black-necked-stilt-bay-area-ca Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:44:17 GMT
Bobcat - Point Reyes National Seashore, California http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/2/bobcat-point-reyes-ca Wild Bobcat peacefully seating on the grassy field at the Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Bobcat looking straight on while resting on the grass field in Point Reyes National Seashore, California, USABobcatBobcat Point Reyes National Seashore, California, USA

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I owe this amazing opportunity, of seeing and photographing this elusive creature in the wild, to my wife! Thank you😘

Every time I think about this sighting, I’m amazed that she was able to spot this laying low on the ground bobcat, over 200 yards away, from a moving car!  Amazing! Especially that after stopping a car and given direction where to look for it, it took me a good minute to find itπŸ™ˆπŸ˜

 

You can also find me also on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Youtube: gregsthings

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- Twitter: newtobirding

 

- 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 -

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the "Donate" button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! 

 

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1dxii 600mm ca photography wildlife http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/2/bobcat-point-reyes-ca Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:45:20 GMT
Piping Plover chick - Nickerson Beach, NY http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/1/piping-plover-chick-long-island-ny 1 day old Piping Plover chick already exploring the beach in a search for food:

One day old Piping Plover chick exploring the beach in search of food at the Nickerson Beach, Lido Beach, Long Island, New York nesting shorebird photographyPiping Plover chick1 day old Piping Plover chick walking along the beach at the Nickerson Beach, Lido Beach, Nassau County, Long Island, New York

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"Piping Plovers forage for freshwater and marine invertebrates typically within about 16 feet of the water's edge. They run, stop, and tilt over to peck and probe into the soft substrates for marine worms, small crustaceans, flies, water beetles, snails, and roundworms among others. They also hold 1 foot in front of their bodies and vibrate it in the sand as a wave passes, possibly to bring invertebrates to the surface where they can easily grab them." - CornellLab

I photographed this cute "cotton ball" 😊 at the Nickerson Beach, New York this past summer. In an effort to help others on their next visit to this famous for nesting shorebirds beach, I wrote a free Ultimate Guide: http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/7/nickerson-beach-ny-guide where I post frequent (in the season) updates where I find these birds. I hope you will find it useful! Let me know 😊

 

You can also find me also on:

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- 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 -

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

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 chick nickerson ny photography shorebirds http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/1/piping-plover-chick-long-island-ny Sun, 28 Jan 2018 17:19:35 GMT
Peregrine Falcons copulating - State Line Lookout, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/1/mating-peregrine-falcons-nj Local pair of Peregrine Falcons mating at the edge of a cliff:

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“As with humans, mating isn’t just a way to procreate. Peregrines’ mating activity also establishes and reinforces the relationship, what experts call the “pair bond”. Mating activity for Peregrines may take place many times each day. Female initiates the mating by landing on a convenient perch and lifting her tail. Male, circling nearby will fly to her and land gently on her back to mate before flying off a few seconds later. Some birds have external sex organs similar to mammals, but most, including Peregrines, have something called a cloaca. Both males and females have a cloaca near the end of their tails. The cloaca is a common opening through which the birds expel waste and it is also used as the conduit for reproduction. During the act of copulation the birds touch their cloacas together, at which point the sperm is transferred from male to female. Female stores the sperm in her cloaca until she’s ready to fertilize her egg. Unlike humans, Peregrine females can choose when to fertilize their eggs. That’s a great advantage in the wild. It means that female can store male’s sperm and only begin the egg production process when she’s found a safe nest site.” - www.rfalconcam.com 

Video recorded at the State Line Lookout, Palisades Interstate Park, New Jersey.

 

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- 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 -

Here are some of my favorite books on birds of prey:

 

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

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 bird of prey nj video http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/1/mating-peregrine-falcons-nj Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:31:45 GMT
Elephant Seal - Point Reyes National Seashore, California http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/1/elephant-seal-point-reyes-ca Bull Northern Elephant Seal establishing its territory:

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Male elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) are easy to recognize by to their most conspicuous feature, proboscis. Simply put, it is a bulbous nose which comes with a sack-like appendage. Expanding the proboscis enables an elephant seal to amplify snorts, grunts, and loud, drum-like bellows that can be heard several miles away to ward off rival males, stopping fights before they start.

I've recorded this video just few weeks ago at the Point Reyes National Seashore, California. These seals are easy to view from the Elephant Seal Overlook located at the Chimney Rock trailhead. Winter at Point Reyes, is a breeding season for these fascinating mammals and the best time to see and study their behavior. If you are interested, you can find more information, here: http://www.sfnps.org/download_product/3206/0 and here: https://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/wildlife_viewing_elephantseals.htm

 

I will be posting more videos from this trip soon :) So make sure you come back often and/or follow me on:

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

- 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 -

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 to your bookmarks/favorites folder 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 my favorite books on mammals (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 ca video wildlife http://www.greggard.com/blog/2018/1/elephant-seal-point-reyes-ca Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:23:32 GMT
Fledgling Peregrine Falcon - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/12/fledgling-peregrine-falcon-nj Juvenile Peregrine Falcon waving goodbye to 2017 and welcoming 2018 😊 

Happy New Year!!! πŸŽ‰

Fledgling Peregrine Falcon scratching its chin while perched a top of a cliff in the Palisades Interstate Park, Bergen County, NJFledgling Peregrine FalconYoung Peregrine Falcon scratching - State Line Lookout, Bergen County, Palisades Interstate Park, New Jersey

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I photographed this "juvenile with an attitude" πŸ˜‰ at the State Line Lookout, Alpine, Palisades Interstate Park, New Jersey 

 

You can also find me on:

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- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

- 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 -

Here are some of my favorite books on birds of prey:

 

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1dxii 600mm bird bird of prey nj photography http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/12/fledgling-peregrine-falcon-nj Sun, 31 Dec 2017 16:31:25 GMT
Bald Eagle fishing - Conowingo Dam, Maryland http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/12/bald-eagle-fishing-conowingo Adult Bald Eagle flying off with a just caught fish:

Bald Eagle flying off with a just caught fish.  Conowingo Dam, Maryland bird of prey photographyBald EagleBald Eagle with a just caught fish - Conowingo Dam, Port Deposit, Maryland

I photographed this Bald Eagle last November, at the Conowingo Dam, Maryland. 

 

You can also find me on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

- 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 -

Here are some of my favorite books on birds of prey:

 

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1dxii 600mm bird bird of prey md photography http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/12/bald-eagle-fishing-conowingo Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:12:58 GMT
Eastern Screech Owl - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/12/eastern-screech-owl-nj Red morph Eastern Screech Owl yawning:

Yawning red morph Eastern Screech Owl while resting in the tree cavity in Bergen County, New Jersey, USAEastern Screech OwlRed morph Eastern Screech Owl yawning - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

I took this photograph on the warm, fall afternoon in a public park, in Bergen County, New Jersey.

"Eastern Screech-Owls can be either mostly gray or mostly reddish-brown (rufous). Whatever the overall color, they are patterned with complex bands and spots that give the bird excellent camouflage against tree bark. Eastern Screech-Owls are active at night and are far more often heard than seen - most bird watchers know this species only from its trilling or whinnying song. However, this cavity-roosting owl can be attracted to nest boxes or, if you’re sharp-eyed, spotted in daylight at the entrance to its home in a tree cavity. This owl is fairly common in most types of woods (evergreen or deciduous; urban or rural), particularly near water." - CornellLab

 

You can also find me on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

- 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 -

Here are some books that provide good information about owls:

 

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1dxii 600mm bird bird of prey nj owl photography http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/12/eastern-screech-owl-nj Mon, 04 Dec 2017 01:10:14 GMT
Common Eider male - Barnegat Light, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/11/common-eider-waterfowl-nj Drake Common Eider shaking off water:

Adult male Common Eider swimming in the cold waters of Atlantic Ocean,Β Long Island, New York during the Winter months on the East CoastCommon EiderAdult male Common Eider

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

Common Eider is the largest duck in the Northern Hemisphere. One of the best places to see them, and to photograph them is Barnegat Inlet, especially the jetty at the Barnegat Light State Park, New Jersey. These ducks come down to our area for the Winter and often can be seen floating offshore in flocks of up to several hundred or even thousand birds. "Eider down, famous for its insulating qualities, is used in large amounts in the nest lining of these ducks, helping to keep the eggs warm in frigid northern climates. In some places, such as Iceland, the down is harvested commercially at coastal "eider farms," where the wild birds are encouraged to nest in sheltered nooks built for them." - Audubon

 

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

You can also find me on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

- 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 -

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

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

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1dxii 600mm bird nj photography waterfowl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/11/common-eider-waterfowl-nj Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:50:23 GMT
Wood Duck male - New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/11/wood-duck-ny Adult male Wood Duck, standing on grassy edge of a lake, showing off its beautiful iridescent feather colors:

Adult male Wood Duck standing on a grass at the edge of a lake in Northern New JerseyWood Duck drakeAdult male Wood Duck at the edge of a lake in Bergen County, New Jersey - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

 

If you would like to visit this park, to get very close portraits of Wood Ducks, please check out my guide to this location: Wood Ducks of Orange County, NY

 

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

You can also find me on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

- 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 -

If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

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

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 5dsr 600mm bird ny photography waterfowl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/11/wood-duck-ny Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:54:38 GMT
Brown Pelican - Plotagraph+ Free offer http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/10/plotagraph-free-app Animated photograph of a Brown Pelican flying low above the breaking wave in Monterey Bay, California:

Brown PelicanBrown Pelican flying low above the breaking wave / surf - Click play :) -

Pretty neat, isn't it? This was my first try creating this kind of animated photograph :) It was done with help of an iOS app called: Plotagraph+ Photo Animator.

If you want to try it out, you have a chance to get this $4.99 app for free - Offer ends January 15, 2018 and may not work in all countries.

 

Here is how to get this app for free:  

1. If you don't have it installed yet, download/install the official Apple Store app from the App Store

2. Just to make sure, install the Apple Store app (screenshot below). If you look for this app using App Store, it will show/you will be charged the regular price of $4.99

This is how the icon of the Apple Store app looks like:

Plotagraph+ free app offerPlotagraph+ free app offerSupplement photo to the blog post for a free copy of iOS app -Plotagraph+ Photo Animator
http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/10/plotagraph-free-app

3. Then, simply open the Apple Store app and scroll down, on the main app screen, to the "Discover" section where you will find the Plotagraph+ free offer. This is how the screen should look like:

Plotagraph+ free app offerPlotagraph+ free app offerSupplement photo to the blog post for a free copy of iOS app -Plotagraph+ Photo Animator
http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/10/plotagraph-free-app

4. Download it and have fun! πŸ˜€

 

With the first launch of this app, you will see a quick tutorial. Do not rush through it. My tip, that I want to share right away, is that the exact masking of your subject is very crucial with creating a good animation. I know, it is not that easy to do it with your finger but you should get used to it quickly. Don't forget that you can zoom in on your photo with two fingers 😜 to help with masking. Have fun!

 

If you are on Instagram or Facebook, mention/tag me in your post. I would love to see what you were able to create with this app πŸ‘Œ

 

You can find me on:

- Instagram: greggardphoto

- Facebook: greg.gard.9

- Twitter: newtobirding

 

I hope that you enjoyed this post and the savings! If you would like to help me with creating more content like this, you can support my photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that prices stay the same for you - it doesn't cost you extra by using my link. 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 will be able to make at the end of this year. Every year, I'm making a donation to charities that help with 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

My favorite birding books (to save money, I often buy used books on Amazon πŸ˜‰): 

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so by using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! 

 

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 photography tips video http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/10/plotagraph-free-app Wed, 01 Nov 2017 01:02:16 GMT
Short-eared Owl - Black Dirt Region, New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/10/short-eared-owl-ny Wintering Short-eared Owls hunting over the farm fields in Orange County, New York:

Short-eared Owl hunting over the field on Indiana Road, Pine Island, New YorkShort-eared OwlShort-eared Owl flying over the grass field - Black Dirt Region, New York

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

Short-eared Owl flying straight on while hunting low over the farm fields in Orange County, New YorkShort-eared OwlShort-eared Owl flying straight on Goshen, New York - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

I photographed these owls in Winter 2016/2017, which has been the most active year for these owls at this location so far. As Short-eared Owls start to migrate south from Canada, I hope that we will see them soon here in NJ/NY area. Maybe as soon as next week, as the cold weather is approaching. Fingers crossed 😊

 

You can also find me 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 photography by purchasing any item on Amazon via my affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2alLCx2​ - Just save it to your bookmarks/favorites folder and shop away :) Remember that 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

If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, I would strongly recommend trying it out! With Prime membership you are getting not only free 2-day shipping but also free video and music streaming, free electronic versions of many books and magazines and one very important feature for photographers: free unlimited photo storage.  You can try it out for 30 days, absolutely free!, by using this link: amzn.to/2hE7sTL - I highly recommend it! It is absolutely amazing what you are getting with this membership. Think about it, you can backup all your photographs to the cloud! I bet you won't find an Unlimited photo storage, with so many other benefits, at this price πŸ˜Š

 

Some of you, not using Amazon, expressed interest of simply making a donation. Thank you! You can do so using a donation link below:

 

Simply click on the Donate button above and follow the instructions. You don't need a PayPal account to donate and you can use any credit card: Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc. No personal information is shared with me either! As a thank you to all donating via PayPal (If you decide to share a shipping address with me), I will send a gift in a form of a print at the end of the year :)

 

If you are interested in seeing more of my owl photography, please visit my gallery: greggard.com/owls 

Here are some books that provide good information about owls:

 

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 bird of prey ny owl photography http://www.greggard.com/blog/2017/10/short-eared-owl-ny Sun, 29 Oct 2017 22:10:11 GMT