Gregory Gard: Blog http://www.greggard.com/blog en-us (C) Gregory Gard info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:09:00 GMT Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:09:00 GMT American Oystercatcher - Nickerson Beach, New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/2/american-oystercatcher-nickerson-new-york American Oystercatcher probing a surf clam at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York:

Adult American Oystercatcher probing an open surf shell in search for food at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York shorebird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm IS f/4American OystercatcherAmerican Oystercatcher - Haematopus palliatus - Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York, USA

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

Here are some books that are great source of information about shorebirds:

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/2/american-oystercatcher-nickerson-new-york Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:59:51 GMT
Drake Barrow's Goldeneye - San Francisco, California http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/2/male-barrows-goldeneye-ca Only with couple of hours to shoot, before continuing with my travels along the California's coast, I was lucky enough to photograph this male Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) swimming by at close range:

Drake Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) swimming by in a lake in San Francisco Bay Area waterfowl photography Canon 5DsR + 600mm f/4 IS II + 1.4xDrake Barrow's GoldeneyeAdult male Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) - San Francisco Bay Area, California

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Once again, waking up in early morning to arrive at the site before the sunrise helped with getting that nice, warm/gold color reflecting in the water. I'm also happy that this drake, in breeding plumage, decided to swim by to check me out, reveling its iridescent purplish colors on his head. I took this photograph in San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Interesting facts from CornellLab:

- The Barrow's Goldeneye is rather long-lived for a duck, with one individual reaching 18 years of age. Most females do not breed until they are three years old. The oldest Barrow Goldeneye recorded was a male who was at least 15 years, 4 months old.

- Like the Common Goldeneye, the Barrow's Goldeneye is not too particular about holding on to its own offspring. A female may lay eggs in the nest of another goldeneye or other species of cavity-nesting duck. Once the ducklings come out of the nest, the broods of different females often come together and are taken care of by a single female. The young ducklings are highly independent, feeding on their own, and require little parental care. 

Barrow's Goldeneye feeds on aquatic invertebrates and fish eggs, occasionally small fish and vegetation.

 

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 (Gregory Gard) 5DsR 600mm Bird CA Photography waterfowl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/2/male-barrows-goldeneye-ca Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:59:31 GMT
Drake Bufflehead flying by - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/1/bufflehead-flying-nj Adult male Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) flying low above the water at the Oradell Reservoir, Bergen County, New Jersey:

Drake Bufflehead flying by low above the water - duck photography New Jersey  600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x teleconverterDrake Bufflehead in-flightAdult male Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola - Bergen County, New Jersey for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

Bufflehead are very small, compact ducks with large, rounded heads and short, wide bills. They dive underwater to catch aquatic invertebrates. When courting females, male Buffleheads swim in front of them, rapidly bobbing their heads up and down. Bufflehead are most widespread in migration and winter, when they move south to coasts and large bodies of water, particularly shallow saltwater bays. They breed near lakes in northern forests where conifers mix with poplars or aspens. Bufflehead nest in tree cavities, especially old Northern Flicker holes. - source: CornellLab

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

 

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 1Dx Bird NJ Photography waterfowl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/1/bufflehead-flying-nj Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:53:55 GMT
Willet in winter plumage - Fort De Soto, Florida http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/1/wintering-shorebirds-florida Willet spreading its wings and jumping, to shake the water off, after taking a bath:

Willet in winter plumage jumping out of the water, after taking a bath, spreading its wings with water droplets flying off - Florida shorebird photography Canon 5DsR 600mm 1.4x extenderWillet jumpingWillet - Tringa semipalmata - Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg, Florida

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I photographed this wintering Willet at the Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg, Florida.

For more shorebird photographs please visit my gallery: greggard.com/shorebirds

 

 

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 5DsR 600mm Bird Florida Photography shorebirds http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/1/wintering-shorebirds-florida Sat, 23 Jan 2016 01:46:29 GMT
George Washington Bridge lit up in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/1/gwb-lights-mlk-jr George Washington Bridge lit up for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as seen from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, Palisades Interstate Park:

George Washington Bridge lit up for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as seen from NJGeorge Washington Bridge lit up for Martin Luther King, Jr. DayGeorge Washington Bridge lit up for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as seen from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, Palisades Interstate Park

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 5DsR GWB NJ bridge night photography http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/1/gwb-lights-mlk-jr Tue, 19 Jan 2016 02:36:43 GMT
Adult Peregrine Falcon - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/1/adult-peregrine-falcon-palisades Looking down on an adult Peregrine Falcon with a remainder, of a just eaten, meal on its beak:

Adult Peregrine Falcon looking up and sticking out its tongue - NJ bird of prey photography Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS IIAdult Peregrine FalconPeregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus Northern New Jersey - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

 

I took this photograph in the Palisades Interstate Park, Bergen County, New Jersey.

If you are interested in seeing more of my peregrine falcon photographs, please visit my gallery: 

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/1/adult-peregrine-falcon-palisades Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:08:43 GMT
Short-billed Dowitcher - Fort De Soto, FL http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/1/short-billed-dowitcher-de-soto Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) in nonbreeding plumage, standing in a shallow water at the Fort De Soto County Park, St. Petersburg, Florida:

Short-billed Dowitcher walking in a shallow water at the Fort De Soto Park in St. Petersburg, Florida shorebird photography Canon 5DsR + 600mm f/4 IS II + 1.4x extenderShort-billed DowitcherShort-billed Dowitcher - Limnodromus griseus Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg, Florida

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I had a superb 3 day visit to the Fort De Soto over the holidays. To my surprise, every morning was very foggy but evenings provided excellent opportunities to photograph shorebirds at low angle.

Get ready. I will be posting a lot of photographs from this short visit in upcoming weeks :)

I can't wait to visit this fabulous place again! :D
 

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 5DsR 600mm Bird Florida Photography shorebirds http://www.greggard.com/blog/2016/1/short-billed-dowitcher-de-soto Thu, 14 Jan 2016 01:46:58 GMT
Marbled Godwit - San Diego, CA http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/12/marbled-godwit-san-diego-ca Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) walking along the beach in San Diego, California:

Marbled Godwit in non-breeding plumage on the beach in San Diego, California shorebird photography Canon 1Dx 600mmMarbled GodwitMarbled Godwit - Limosa fedoa Coronado Beach, San Diego, California

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird CA Photography shorebirds http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/12/marbled-godwit-san-diego-ca Wed, 23 Dec 2015 02:18:55 GMT
Black Phoebe - San Diego, CA http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/12/black-phoebe-san-diego-ca Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) perched on top of a seaweed along the Coronado Beach in San Diego, California:

Black Phoebe, flycatcher, perched on top of a seaweed on the beach in San Diego, California shorebird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm IS f/4 + 1.4x extenderBlack PhoebeBlack Phoebe - Sayornis nigricans - San Diego, California

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Black Phoebes sit upright on low perches near water and make short flights to catch insects. They pump their tails up and down incessantly when perched. They nest in mud cups anchored in protected nooks, often under a bridge or the eaves of a building. They often keep up a string of sharp chip calls. in the U.S., you’ll almost always find these flycatchers near water. They live along streams, rivers, lakes, and the Pacific Ocean. As long as there is water present and some kind of ledge or overhang on which to anchor a mud nest, Black Phoebes could be around.

Interesting facts:

- Although it mostly eats insects, the Black Phoebe sometimes snatches minnows from the surface of ponds. It may even feed fish to nestlings.

- The male Black Phoebe gives the female a tour of potential nest sites, hovering in front of each likely spot for 5 to 10 seconds. But it’s the female who makes the final decision and does all the nest construction.

- Black Phoebes don’t usually venture outside their breeding and wintering areas, but on rare occasions they are seen as far east as Florida. One misplaced bird showed up in Minnesota in the fall.

- One pair of Black Phoebes got some unwanted house guests when a pair of House Finches moved into their nest. The finches added 5 eggs to the 6 phoebe eggs already there, and the two females alternated incubation duties for an entire week before both species abandoned the nest.

- The oldest Black Phoebe on record was at least 8 years old when it was captured and released by a bird bander in California in 1981.

source: CornellLab

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird CA Photography http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/12/black-phoebe-san-diego-ca Fri, 18 Dec 2015 02:28:09 GMT
Bathing Least Sandpiper - Jamaica Bay, NY http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/12/least-sandpiper-jamaica-bay-ny Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) taking a quick bath in the shallow water of the East Pond at the Jamaica Bay NWR, Gateway National Recreation Area, New York:

Least Sandpiper bathing - East Pond Jamaica Bay NWR, Gateway National Recreation Area, New YorkLeast Sandpiper bathingLeast Sandpiper - Calidris minutilla Jamaica Bay NWR, Gateway National Recreation Area, New York

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NY Photography shorebirds http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/12/least-sandpiper-jamaica-bay-ny Sat, 12 Dec 2015 01:59:13 GMT
American Golden-Plover - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/11/american-golden-plover-new-jersey Juvenile American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) photographed on the beach at the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey:

American Golden Plover standing on the beach at the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey bird photography Canon 5D mark III paired with 600mm f/4 IS markAmerican Golden-PloverAmerican Golden-Plover - Pluvialis dominica - New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 5D 600mm Bird NJ Photography shorebirds http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/11/american-golden-plover-new-jersey Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:01:01 GMT
Snowy Owl - Cape May, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/11/snowy-owl-cape-may-nj Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) standing on the beach in Cape May, New Jersey:

Snowy Owl standing on the beach - Cape May County, NJ bird photography - Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS mark II 1.4x extenderSnowy Owl standing on the beachSnowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus - Cape May County, New Jersey

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I took this photograph during Winter 2013. It was a memorable year not only for the size of the irruption of these spectacular birds of prey, but also because of the idea and birth of SNOWstorm project. To learn more, please read/listen to this NPR story  www.npr.org/2014/03/11/288762497/the-great-snowy-owl-invasion  and also please visit the main website of the SNOW storm project to see more information and current development: www.projectsnowstorm.org/blog-posts/

 

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey owl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/11/snowy-owl-cape-may-nj Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:56:48 GMT
Broad-tailed Hummingbird - Colorado http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/11/broad-tailed-hummingbird-co Adult male Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus) photographed this past June at Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado:

Adult male Broad-tailed Hummingbird perched a top of a tree at the Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado bird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 II + 2x extenderBroad-tailed HummingbirdAdult male Broad-tailed Hummingbird - Selasphorus platycercus Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird CO Photography hummingbird http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/11/broad-tailed-hummingbird-co Sun, 08 Nov 2015 22:47:55 GMT
Fledgling Peregrine Falcon - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/11/fledgling-peregrine-falcon-nj Young Peregrine Falcon flapping its wings, Palisades Interstate Park, Bergen County, New Jersey:

Young Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) stretching its wings while standing on the edge of a cliff in Bergen County, NJ bird of prey photography Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS IIFledgling Peregrine Falcon flapping its wingsJuvenile Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) stretching its wings while standing on the edge of a cliff in Northern New Jersey

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I've spent almost an hour, under the cover of my portable camouflage netting ( http://amzn.to/1VK5T3G ), watching this fledgling do multiple wing exercise. It turned around, vocalized and flapped its wings multiple times. I'm not sure if it was to strengthen the muscles or just simply to clean the feathers. I must say though, it was fun to witness and record this behavior. I will do my best to post some more photographs and video from that day. In the mean time, if you are interested in seeing more of my peregrine photographs, from NJ and NY region, please visit my falcon gallery: www.greggard.com/falcons

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/11/fledgling-peregrine-falcon-nj Tue, 03 Nov 2015 02:11:33 GMT
Adult Prairie Warbler - Bergen County, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/10/prairie-warbler-nj Adult Prairie Warbler in breeding plumage:

Side view on an adult Prairie Warbler perched on a fruit tree with a green background - New Jersey, Bergen County songbird photography Canon 1Dx + 600mm f/4 + 2xAdult Prairie WarblerPrairie Warbler - Setophaga discolor Bergen County, New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography songbird http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/10/prairie-warbler-nj Wed, 28 Oct 2015 23:38:06 GMT
Young American Oystercatcher being fed - New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/10/immature-american-oystercatcher-being-fed-nickerson-beach-ny Adult American Oystercatcher feeding its young at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York:

Adult Adult American Oystercatcher feeding crab to a chick - Nickerson Beach, NY bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx paired with Canon 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x extenderAdult American Oystercatcher feeding a chickAmerican Oystercatcher adult feeding a chick (Haematopus bachmani) - Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York, USA

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If you are interested in seeing more of my shorebird photographs, please visit my gallery: www.greggard.com/shorebirds

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird Photography chick shorebirds http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/10/immature-american-oystercatcher-being-fed-nickerson-beach-ny Sun, 25 Oct 2015 15:11:10 GMT
Juvenile Cooper's Hawk - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/10/juvenile-coopers-hawk-new-jersey Front view on a streaked breast feathers of a juvenile Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) perched a top of a dead tree in New Jersey:

Juvenile Coopers Hawk perched on tree showing its front feathers - NJ bird of prey photography Canon EOS 1Dx paired with Canon 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x extenderJuvenile Cooper's HawkCooper's Hawk - Accipiter cooperii New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/10/juvenile-coopers-hawk-new-jersey Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:37:19 GMT
Peregrine Falcon - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/10/peregrine-falcon-tongue Who knew that birds have sense of humor? ;)

Adult Peregrine Falcon sticking out its tongue:

Peregrine Falcon sticking out its tongue - Northern New Jersey bird of prey photography Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lensPeregrine Falcon sticking out its tonguePeregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus Northern New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/10/peregrine-falcon-tongue Fri, 16 Oct 2015 01:05:07 GMT
Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker - Bergen County, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/10/northern-flicker-bergen-county-nj Yellow-shafted (Eastern morph) Northern Flicker foraging on the ground at the State Line Lookout, New Jersey: 

Norhtern Flicker foraging on the ground - State Line Lookout, Bergen County, NJ bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx paired with Canon 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 2x extender Norhtern Flicker foraging on the groundYellow-shafted Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus - (Eastern morph State Line Lookout, Palisades, Bergen County, New Jersey

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Interesting facts:

"- Although it can climb up the trunks of trees and hammer on wood like other woodpeckers, the Northern Flicker prefers to find food on the ground. Ants are its main food, and the flicker digs in the dirt to find them. It uses its long barbed tongue to lap up the ants.

- The red-shafted and yellow-shafted forms of the Northern Flicker formerly were considered different species. The two forms hybridize extensively in a wide zone from Alaska to the panhandle of Texas. A hybrid often has some traits from each of the two forms and some traits that are intermediate between them. The Red-shafted Flicker also hybridizes with the Gilded Flicker, but less frequently.

 - The Northern Flicker is one of the few North American woodpeckers that is strongly migratory. Flickers in the northern parts of their range move south for the winter, although a few individuals often stay rather far north.

 - Northern Flickers generally nest in holes in trees like other woodpeckers. Occasionally, they’ve been found nesting in old, earthen burrows vacated by Belted Kingfishers or Bank Swallows.

- Like most woodpeckers, Northern Flickers drum on objects as a form of communication and territory defense. In such cases, the object is to make as loud a noise as possible, and that’s why woodpeckers sometimes drum on metal objects. One Northern Flicker in Wyoming could be heard drumming on an abandoned tractor from a half-mile away.

 - The oldest known “yellow-shafted” Northern Flicker lived to be at least 9 years 2 months old, and the oldest “red-shafted” Northern Flicker lived to be at least 8 years 9 months old. "

source: CornellLab

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography songbird woodpecker http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/10/northern-flicker-bergen-county-nj Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:57:41 GMT
Juvenile Piping Plover - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/10/juvenile-piping-plover-nj Juvenile Piping Plover walking along the beach in Cape May, New Jersey:

Juvenile Piping Plover walking on the beach in Cape May NJ bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx paired with Canon 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 2x extender Juvenile Piping PloverPiping Plover - Charadrius melodus - Cape May, New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Gregory Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography shorebirds http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/10/juvenile-piping-plover-nj Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:40:32 GMT