Greg Gard: Blog http://www.greggard.com/blog en-us (C) Greg Gard info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:23:00 GMT Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:23:00 GMT Juvenile Peregrine Falcon - New York Palisades http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/calling-juvenile-peregrine-falcon-ny Vocalizing juvenile Peregrine Falcon perched on the edge of a cliff along the Hudson River in New York State:

Calling Peregrine Falcon fledgling perched on the edge of a cliff in the Palisades of NJ / NY wildlife photography Canon EOS 5D mark III and 600mm f/4 ISJuvenile Peregrine FalconJuvenile Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus Palisades New York

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If you look closely, you should be able to see remains of its latest meal right on the beak ;)

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NY Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/calling-juvenile-peregrine-falcon-ny Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:21:16 GMT
Prairie Warbler - Bergen County, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/prairie-warbler-bergen-county-nj Prairie Warbler, Setophaga discolor, holding a green worm in its beak:
 
Prairie Warbler with a green worm in its beak - NJ bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx + 600mm  f/4 IS mark II + 1.4x extenderPrairie Warbler with a wormPrairie Warbler - Setophaga discolor
 
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Photographed in Bergen County, New Jersey.
 
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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird Photography songbirds warbler http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/prairie-warbler-bergen-county-nj Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:21:53 GMT
Boat-tailed Grackle - Cape May, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/boat-tailed-grackle-cape-may-nj Female Boat-tailed Grackle, Quiscalus major, walking along the beach at the Cape May Point State Park, New Jersey: 

Side look at the Boat-tailed Grackle walking on the sand at the New Jersey shore - bird photography - Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS mark IIBoat-tailed GrackleFemale Boat-tailed Grackle - Quiscalus major Cape May, New Jersey

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Interesting facts (source: Cornell Lab)

- Fledglings that fall into the water can swim well for short distances, using their wings as paddles.

- The Boat-tailed Grackle has an odd mating system, called “harem defense polygyny,” that has much in common with deer and other big game. Females cluster their nests in a small area safe from predators, and males compete to see which one gets to defend and mate with the entire colony. But it’s not as simple as it may seem: though a colony’s dominant male mates far more often with the females, DNA fingerprinting shows that only about a quarter of the young are actually his. The remainder are fathered by males who the females mate with while away from the colony.

- The oldest Boat-tailed Grackle on record was nearly 14 years old when it was caught and released by a South Carolina bird bander in 2003.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/boat-tailed-grackle-cape-may-nj Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:35:21 GMT
Drake Canvasback - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/drake-canvasback-nj Drake Canvasback swimming towards my camera in Southern New Jersey:

Canvasback drake looking straight into a camera, New Jersey waterfowl photographyCanvasbackCanvasback - Aythya valisineria<

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"The canvasback has a distinctive wedge-shaped head and long graceful neck. The adult male (drake) has a black bill, a chestnut red head and neck, a black breast, a grayish back, black rump, and a blackish brown tail. The drake's sides, back, and belly are white with fine vermiculation resembling the weave of a canvas, which gave rise to the bird's common name. 

The canvasback migrates through the Mississippi Flyway to wintering grounds in the mid-Atlantic United States and the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, or the Pacific Flyway to wintering grounds along the coast of California. Historically, the Chesapeake Bay wintered the majority of canvasbacks, but with the recent loss of submerged aquatic vegetation in the bay, their range has shifted south towards the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley." - Wikipedia

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography waterfowl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/drake-canvasback-nj Fri, 16 Jan 2015 02:09:21 GMT
Peregrine Falcon - Bergen County, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/peregrine-falcon-bergen-county-nj Looking down on a vocalizing adult Peregrine Falcon:

Vocalizing Peregrine Falcon looking up with its beak wide open - Bergen County, NJ - Canon 1DX 600mm f/4 IS mark IIPeregrine FalconPeregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus Northern New Jersey

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Photograph taken in Bergen County, New Jersey

This is one of the very first frames I took of this falcon that day. Since I stayed under the camouflage netting, it couldn't see anything else but the glass of my lens. Its first reaction to the sound of my camera was a short series of alarms calls. Since it didn't see any thread, it stayed relaxed, once in a while looking up...

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/peregrine-falcon-bergen-county-nj Wed, 14 Jan 2015 02:24:20 GMT
Adult Bald Eagle - Maryland http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/adult-bald-eagle-maryland Adult Bald Eagle in an early stage of dive for a fish in Susquehanna River at the Conowingo Dam, Maryland:

Adult Bald Eagle flying down to catch a fish - Conowingo Dam, Maryland bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS 1.4x extenderBald EagleAdult Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus - Conowingo Dam, Maryland

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird MD Photography bird of prey eagle http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/adult-bald-eagle-maryland Fri, 09 Jan 2015 02:23:56 GMT
Blue-winged Warbler - New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/blue-winged-warbler-new-york With this cloudy and rainy holiday break here in New Jersey, I'm back to processing my photographs from summer months...

Here is my latest photograph of a singing Blue-winged Warbler photographed in Sterling Forest, Orange County, New York:

Singing Blue-winged Warbler with its beak wide open - Sterling Forest, Tuxedo Park, New York bird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS II 1.4x extenderBlue-winged WarblerSinging Blue-winged Warbler - Vermivora cyanoptera Sterling Forest, Orange County, New York

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Blue-winged warbler hybridizes extensively with Golden-winged Warbler, giving rise to the distinctly plumaged "Brewster's" and "Lawrence's" warblers. The Blue-winged Warbler continues to expand its range and may be responsible for the decrease in Golden-winged Warbler populations in some areas. - CornellLab

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NY Photography http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/blue-winged-warbler-new-york Sun, 04 Jan 2015 23:36:18 GMT
Adult Peregrine Falcon - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/12/adult-peregrine-falcon-landing-nj Adult Peregrine Falcon coming in for a straight-on landing:

Adult Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrines) coming in straight on for a landing with its legs dropped down - New Jersey bird photography - Canon EOS 1Dx 600mmPeregrine Falcon landingAdult Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrines) flying straight on with its legs dropped down

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I photographed this falcon in Bergen County, New Jersey.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/12/adult-peregrine-falcon-landing-nj Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:01:32 GMT
American Redstart - Garret Mountain, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/12/american-redstart-garret-mountain-nj "A lively warbler that hops among tree branches in search of insects, the male American Redstart is coal-black with vivid orange patches on the sides, wings, and tail. True to its Halloween-themed color scheme, the redstart seems to startle its prey out of the foliage by flashing its strikingly patterned tail and wing feathers." - Cornell Lab

American Redstart standing straight into a camera showing its field marks, Spring Migration in Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park, Passaic County, New Jersey - Canon 1dx 600mm + 2x extenderAmerican RedstartAmerican Redstart - Setophaga ruticilla Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park, Passaic County, New Jersey - Spring Migration

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The "straight on" bird photographs are rather hard to get but offer an unusual and funny look. They are also good with showing frontal field marks of a particular species, like this adult male American Redstart. I photographed this beautiful bird during the spring migration at the Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park, Passaic County, New Jersey.

 

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird Photography warbler http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/12/american-redstart-garret-mountain-nj Wed, 24 Dec 2014 02:24:54 GMT
Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Southern NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/12/yellow-crowned-night-heron-southern-nj Yellow-crowned Night Heron perched atop of a tree in Southern New Jersey:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/11/adult-peregrine-falcon-with-prey-northern-new-jersey Wed, 05 Nov 2014 01:00:30 GMT