Heron Rookery - New Jersey - Location Guide

May 16, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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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