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 HeronBlack-crowned Night Heron
Immature Black-crowned Night-HeronsDispute between two juvenile Black-crowned Night-Herons
Every year rookery attracts more birds with Glossy Ibis family being my favorite:
Glossy 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).
Glossy 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
Little Blue Heron
Boat-Tailed and Common Grackles
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.