Greg Gard: Blog http://www.greggard.com/blog en-us (C) Greg Gard info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:37:00 GMT Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:37:00 GMT Yawning Snowy Owl - Cape May, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/yawning-snowy-owl-cape-may-nj Yawning Snowy Owl photographed on the beach in Cape May County, New Jersey:

Snowy Owl hiding behind a drift wood and yawning - Photographed in Cape May County, New Jersey - Bird Photography NJ - Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 ISD mark II 1.4x extenderSnowy Owl yawningSnowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus - Cape May County, New Jersey

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Snowy Owl yawning by Greg Gard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://www.greggard.com/owls/e24f8d643.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey owl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/yawning-snowy-owl-cape-may-nj Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:35:00 GMT
First signs of Spring - Meadowlands, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/first-signs-of-spring-meadowlands-nj Even with cold and rainy days, sight of a Killdeer at the DeKorte Park, Meadowlands, New Jersey means one thing: Spring is on its way!

Killdeer crossing a puddle at DeKorte Park, Meadowlands, NJ - Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4KilldeerKilldeer - Charadrius vociferous DeKorte Park, Meadowlands, Bergen County, New Jersey - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography shorebird http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/first-signs-of-spring-meadowlands-nj Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Balancing act at Venice Rookery, Florida http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/balancing-act-at-venice-rookery-fl Snowy Egret crossing its legs to hold the balance on the small branch:

Snowy Egret in breeding plumage walking along the thing branch at Venice Rookery Florida bird photography - Canon 7D 500mm f/4Snowy EgretSnowy Egret - Egretta thula - in breeding plumage Venice Rookery, Venice, Florida - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird Florida NJ Photography Venice Rookery wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/balancing-act-at-venice-rookery-fl Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Purple Sandpiper at Barnegat Light, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/purple-sandpiper-barnegat-light-nj Close-up of a Purple Sandpiper taken at the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, New Jersey. While I was photographing waterfowl in-flight, this awesome shorebird decided to land 6 feet away from me and look straight to the camera. One of those lucky encounters!

Close-up of a Purple Sandpiper looking straight to the camera - Photographed at Barnegat Light, New Jersey with a Canon EOS 1Dx camera and 600mm IS f/4 mark II lensPurple SandpiperPurple Sandpiper - Calidris maritima Barnegat Light, New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 600mm Bird NJ Photography shorebird http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/purple-sandpiper-barnegat-light-nj Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:16:07 GMT
Barn Owl in-flight - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/barn-owl-in-flight-new-jersey Even though Barn Owls are one of the most widespread of all birds, they aren't seen by many, especially during the daylight hours. Not to long ago, I was lucky enough not only to see one but also to photograph it here in Northern New Jersey. Surprisingly, this particular Barn Owl would fly very close to us, giving all gathered birdwatchers and photographers great looks on its heart-shaped face:

 

Barn Owl flying by at the Liberty Marsh, Wallkill River NWR, NJ / NY boundary - Bird Photography - Canon 1Dx 600mm 1.4x extenderBarn Owl in-flightBarn Owl - Tyto alba - Northern New Jersey

 

Barn Owl in-flight by Greg Gard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.Based on a work at www.GregGard.com.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey owl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/barn-owl-in-flight-new-jersey Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Great Egret with nesting material - Venice Rookery, Florida http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/great-egret-with-nesting-material-venice-rookery-fl Great Egret in breeding plumage, flying by with a nesting material in its beak, photographed at the Venice Rookery, Florida:

Great Egret in breeding plumage, with a nesting material, coming in for the landing - Florida Bird photography, Venice Rookery - Canon 7D 500mm IS f/4Great Egret flying with nesting materialGreat Egret - Ardea alba - in breeding plumage - Venice Rookery, Venice, Florida

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird Florida Photography Venice Rookery wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/great-egret-with-nesting-material-venice-rookery-fl Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Short-eared Owl - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/short-eared-owl-wallkill-river-nwr-nj-ny Short-eared Owl flying by:

Short-eared Owl flying by at the Wallkill River NWR, NJ/NY Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS II 1.4x telecenterShort-eared OwlShort-eared Owl - Asio flammeus Wallkill River NWR, Liberty Marsh, New Jersey / New York boundary

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Photographed at Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, Liberty Marsh, New Jersey / New York boundary.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey owl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/short-eared-owl-wallkill-river-nwr-nj-ny Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Hooded Merganser - Passaic River, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/3/hooded-merganser-passaic-river-nj With this rainy weather, past couple of days, I had a chance to catch up on some editing...

I went back to some photographs from 2013, and found this female Hooded Merganser photograph I took on the Passaic River, Paterson, New Jersey:

Adult female Hooded Merganser swimming on the Passaic River, Passaic County, New Jersey - Canon 7D 600mm IS f/4 mark II lensFemale Hooded MerganserFemale Hooded Merganser - Lophodytes cucullatus Passaic River, Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 600mm Bird NJ Photography ducks waterfowl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/3/hooded-merganser-passaic-river-nj Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Black-crowned Night-Heron - Venice Rookery, Florida http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/3/black-crowned-night-heron-venice-rookery-fl Black-crowned Night-Heron photographed at the Venice Rookery, Florida:

Black-crowned Night-Heron at Venice Rookery, Florida Canon EOS 7D 500mm IS f/4 lensBlack-crowned Night-HeronBlack-crowned Night-Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax Venice Rookery, Venice, Florida

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Interesting facts:

- Black-crowned Night Heron nest in groups that often include other species, including herons, egrets, and ibises.

- A breeding Black-crowned Night-Heron will brood any chick that is placed in its nest. The herons apparently don’t distinguish between their own offspring and nestlings from other parents.

- Young Black-crowned Night-Herons leave the nest at the age of 1 month but cannot fly until they are 6 weeks old. They move through the vegetation on foot, joining up in foraging flocks at night.

- The oldest Black-crowned Night-Heron on record was 21 years, 1 month old. - Scientists find it easy, if a bit smelly and messy, to study the diet of young Black-crowned Night-Herons—the nestlings often disgorge their stomach contents when approached. - source Cornell Lab

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird Florida Photography Venice Rookery wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/3/black-crowned-night-heron-venice-rookery-fl Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Immature Little Blue Heron - Venice Rookery, FL http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/3/immature-little-blue-heron-venice-rookery-fl Immature Little Blue Heron photographed at the Venice Rookery, Florida:

Profile of a Immature Little Blue Heron standing on the broken branch at the Venice Rookery, FloridaImmature Little Blue HeronLittle Blue Heron - Egretta caerulea

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird Florida Photography wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/3/immature-little-blue-heron-venice-rookery-fl Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Great Egret landing - Venice Rookery, Florida http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/3/great-egret-landing-venice-rookery-florida Great Egret landing into the chaos, photographed at the Venice Rookery, Florida:

Great Egret landingGreat Egret landingVenice Rookery, Florida

quick snapshot of a "chaos" I'm referring to:

Birds roosting at Venice RookeryBirds roosting at the Venice RookeryVenice Rookery, Florida

This is how the Venice Rookery looks like right after the sunset(and most likely before the sunrise). Believe it or not, birds were still arriving! 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird Florida Photography Venice Rookery wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/3/great-egret-landing-venice-rookery-florida Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Great Blue Heron - Venice Rookery, Florida http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/3/great-blue-heron-venice-rookery-florida Close-up of an adult Great Blue Heron taken at the Venice Rookery, FL:

Great Blue Heron at warm light - Venice Rookery, Florida bird photography - Canon EOS 7D 500mm f/4 IS 1.4x extenderGreat Blue HeronGreat Blue Heron - Ardea hernias Venice Rookery, Venice, Florida

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird Florida Photography wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/3/great-blue-heron-venice-rookery-florida Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:35:00 GMT
American Kestrel - Liberty Marsh, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/3/american-kestrel-liberty-marsh-nwr-nj-ny American Kestrel photographed during the golden hour at Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge New Jersey / New York:

American Kestrel photographed in warm light at Liberty Marsh Wallkill RIver NWR NJ / NY bird photography - Canon EOS 7D 500mm f/4American Kestrel at sunsetAmerican Kestrel - Falco sparverius - adult male - Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird NJ NWR Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/3/american-kestrel-liberty-marsh-nwr-nj-ny Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:44:04 GMT
Snowy Egret at Venice Rookery, Florida http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/2/snowy-egret-at-venice-rookery-florida Snowy Egret photographed at Venice Rookery, Florida:

Snowy Egret perched on the branch at Venice Rookery, Florida bird photography - Canon EOS 7D 500mm lensSnowy Egret - Egretta thulaSnowy Egret - Egretta hula - Venice Rookery, Venice, Florida

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird Florida Photography Venice Rookery wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/2/snowy-egret-at-venice-rookery-florida Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:35:00 GMT
Short-eared Owl perched on the snow - Wallkill River NWR, NJ//NY http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/2/short-eared-owl-perched-on-the-snow-wallkill-river-nwr-nj-ny Here is my latest edit of a Short-eared Owl resting on the snow. I took this photograph at the Liberty Marsh, part of the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge on the New Jersey / New York boundary:

Short-eared Owl perched on a snowy hill at Wallkill River NWR, NJ/NY Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS II 1.4x telecenterShort-eared OwlWallkill River NWR, Liberty Marsh, New York / New Jersey boundary

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ NY Photography bird of prey owl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/2/short-eared-owl-perched-on-the-snow-wallkill-river-nwr-nj-ny Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:49:44 GMT
Anhinga preening - Venice Rookery, Florida http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/2/anhinga-preening-venice-rookery-florida I photographed this preening Anhinga at the Venice Rookery, Florida

Anhinga preening Venice Rookery, Florida Bird PhotographyAnhinga preeningVenice Rookery, Venice, Florida

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using Canon EOS 7D camera paired with 500mm f/4 lens and 1.4x extender. 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird Florida Photography Venice Rookery http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/2/anhinga-preening-venice-rookery-florida Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:35:00 GMT
Rough-legged Hawk, Meadowlands, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/2/rough-legged-hawk-meadowlands-new-jersey Winter birdwatching and bird photography in Northeastern New Jersey, can be very productive at the Richard W. DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst. This park provides great opportunities to see Arctic migrants, especially after the snowfall. This year, numerous Snowy Owls and Rough-legged hawks could be seen in the park. Couple years back, DeKorte Park was a winter home for a Northern Shrike as well. Additionally, Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers and American Kestrels can be seen there daily, hunting over the landfills. Most of the action can be seen along the Disposal Rd., which is very popular with local bird photographers. This is also where I took this photograph, of a light morph Rough-legged Hawk flying right above the road and looking straight down to the camera:

Rough-legged Hawk Light Morph spreading its wings wide - DeKorte Park, Meadowlands, NJ - Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm IS f/4 mark II 1.4x tc mark IIIRough-legged Hawk - Buteo lagopusPlease contact: info@greggard.com for licensing information<br/>www.GregGard.com<br/>ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Photograph taken with a Canon EOS 1Dx camera and 600mm f/4 lens II + 1.4x extender - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image

The name "Rough-legged" Hawk refers to the feathered legs. The Rough-legged Hawk, the Ferruginous Hawk, and the Golden Eagle are the only American hawks to have legs feathered all the way to the toes.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey meadowlands http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/2/rough-legged-hawk-meadowlands-new-jersey Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:53:02 GMT
Roseate Spoonbill - Venice Rookery, Florida http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/2/roseate-spoonbill-venice-rookery-fl-bird-photography Yet another photograph from magical Venice Rookery. This place is one of the hot spots for observing and photographing wading birds on the west coast of Florida state. Venice Rookery provides excellent opportunity for close-up photographs, like this Roseate Spoonbill:

Roseate Spoonbill perched on the branch at Venice Rookery, Florida bird photography Canon EOS 7D 500mm f/4 ISRoseate Spoonbill - Platalea ajajaRoseate Spoonbill - Platalea ajaja Venice Rookery, Venice, Florida Photograph captured with a Canon 7D camera and 500mm f/4  lens - for larger view and EXIF data, please click on the image

 

 

Here are two books, that will help you with planning your Florida birding trip:

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird Florida Photography wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/2/roseate-spoonbill-venice-rookery-fl-bird-photography Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:35:00 GMT
American Kestrel with prey - Meadowlands, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/2/american-kestrel-with-prey-meadowlands-nj I photographed this female American Kestrel, with a just caught field mouse, at Richard W. DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst, New Jersey.

American Kestrel with a mouse in its beak - Meadowlands, NJ - Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS mark II + 1.4x teleconverterAmerican Kestrel with a mouseFemale American Kestrel - Falco sparverius Richard W. DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst, New Jersey

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This work by Greg Gard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://www.greggard.com/falcons/ee8546c4.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/2/american-kestrel-with-prey-meadowlands-nj Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:26:58 GMT
Cormorant with a fish - Venice Rookery, Florida http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/2/cormorant-with-a-fish-venice-rookery-fl Double-crested Cormorant with a just caught fish in its beak, photographed at Venice Rookery, Florida:

Double-crested Cormorant with a just caught fish in its beak at Venice Rookery, Florida - Bird Photography - Canon EOS 7D 500mm f/4 IS 1.4x extenderDouble-crested CormorantDouble-crested Cormorant - Phalacrocorax auritus Venice Rookery, Venice, Florida

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird Florida Photography http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/2/cormorant-with-a-fish-venice-rookery-fl Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:35:00 GMT