Greg Gard: Blog http://www.greggard.com/blog en-us (C) Greg Gard info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:36:00 GMT Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:36:00 GMT Blue-winged Warbler - New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/blue-winged-warbler-ny Perched adult male Blue-winged Warbler showing its side colors/plumage:

Side view on a plumage of an adult male Blue-winged Warbler in New York State bird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm II 1.4x teleconverterBlue-winged WarblerBlue-winged Warbler - Vermivora cyanoptera

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NY Photography songbird http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/blue-winged-warbler-ny Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:36:01 GMT
Juvenile American Oystercatcher - Nickerson Beach, New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/juvenile-american-oystercatcher-long-island-new-york Juvenile American Oystercatcher walking in the shallow ocean water at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York:

Juvenile American Oystercatcher walking in a shallow ocean water - Long Island, NY bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS + 1.4x extenderAmerican Oystercatcher juvenileJuvenile American Oystercatcher - Haematopus palliatus Long Island, New York

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NY Photography shorebirds http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/juvenile-american-oystercatcher-long-island-new-york Tue, 24 Feb 2015 01:42:49 GMT
Close-up of a juvenile Peregrine Falcon, Bergen County, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/close-up-of-a-juvenile-peregrine-falcon-bergen-county-nj Close encounter with a juvenile Peregrine Falcon at the Palisades Cliffs in Northern New Jersey:

Close-up of a Juvenile Peregrine Falcon at the Palisades Cliffs in Northern NJ nature photography - Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS mark IIJuvenile Peregrine FalconJuvenile Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus Palisades, NJ

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To get this shot, I was hidden in a portable camo netting/blind: www.amazon.com/kwikcamo  when this fledgling landed on its usual perch. For a while it was turned back to me but with the first camera clicks, this young falcon got interested, turned towards me and looked straight into my lens. It sat like this for a while, possibly wondering what is going on until one of the parents flew by with a food...

 

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx Bird NJ Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/close-up-of-a-juvenile-peregrine-falcon-bergen-county-nj Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:28:42 GMT
Sub-adult Bald Eagle - Conowingo Dam http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/flying-bald-eagle-conowingo-dam Sub-adult Bald Eagle flying in for a close-up at the Conowingo Dam, Maryland:

Sub-adult Bald Eagle in-flight, Conowingo Dam, Maryland bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx paired with Canon 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x extenderBald EagleBald 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/2015/2/flying-bald-eagle-conowingo-dam Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:01:25 GMT
Juvenile Common Tern - Long Island, New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/juvenile-common-tern-long-island-new-york Immature Common Tern waiting for a food to be brought in by its parents at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York:

Common Tern juvenile standing on the beach in Long Island, New York bird photography Canon EOS 1Dx paired with Canon 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 2x extenderCommon Tern juvenileCommon Tern juvenile - Sterna hirundo Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NY Photography shorebirds http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/juvenile-common-tern-long-island-new-york Thu, 12 Feb 2015 01:13:46 GMT
Blue-headed Vireo - Sandy Hook GNRA http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/blue-headed-vireo-sandy-hook-gnra Blue-headed Vireo photographed at the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands, New Jersey during spring migration:

Side view on the Blue-headed Vireo at the Sandy Hook, NJ bird photography Canon 5D mark III 600mm f/4 IS 2x teleconverterBlue-headed VireoBlue-headed Vireo - Vireo solitarius Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands, New Jersey

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Get ready for upcoming spring migration with this excellent book: "The Warbler Guide"

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 5D 600mm Bird NJ Photography songbird spring migration http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/blue-headed-vireo-sandy-hook-gnra Sun, 08 Feb 2015 16:37:10 GMT
Northern Harrier - Shawangunk Grasslands NWR, New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/northern-harrier-shawangunk-grasslands-york Close-up of an adult female Northern Harrier flying by at the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge in Ulster County, New York:

Close-up of a juvenile male Northern Harrier flying by and looking straight into a camera -  New York bird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS II 1.4x extenderFemale Northern HarrierFemale Northern Harrier - Circus cyaneus Ulster County, New York

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NY Photography bird of prey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/northern-harrier-shawangunk-grasslands-york Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:32:30 GMT
Female Lesser Scaup - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/female-lesser-scaup-new-jersey Close-up of a hen Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) swimming by:

Female Lesser Scaup swimming by on the Choptank River, Dorchester County, Maryland - Canon 1Dx paired with 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x teleconverterFemale Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinisLesser Scaup - Aythya affinis New Jersey

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There are two scaup species that live in North America: the Greater Scaup which prefers salt water and Lesser Scaup that prefers freshwater. The Lesser Scaup is one of the most abundant and widespread of the diving ducks in North America.

Interesting Facts via CornellLab:

- An adult Lesser Scaup may pretend to be dead (immobile with head extended, eyes open, and wings held close to body) when grasped by a red fox.

- Lesser Scaup chicks are capable of diving under water on their hatching day, but they are too buoyant to stay under for more than just a moment. By the time they are 5 to 7 weeks old they are able to dive for 2-25 seconds and swim underwater for 15-18 meters (50-60 ft).

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography waterfowl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/2/female-lesser-scaup-new-jersey Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:59:05 GMT
American Wigeon - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/american-wigeon-new-jersey Drake American Wigeon swimming by at the close distance and showing its iridescent green facial stripe:

Male American Wigeon showing its iridescent green facial stripe - New Jersey waterfowl photography Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS mark II American WigeonAmerican Wigeon - Anas americana New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography waterfowl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2015/1/american-wigeon-new-jersey Sat, 31 Jan 2015 03:07:43 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 songbird 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 songbird 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 songbird 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