Heron Rookery - New Jersey - Location Guide


There is no need to travel 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.

Black-crowned Night Heron, NJ

Black-crowned Night Heron, NJ

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron arguing

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron arguing

Every year rookery attracts more birds with Glossy Ibis family being my favorite:

Immature Glossy Ibis begging for food - Southern New Jersey

Immature Glossy Ibis begging for food - Southern New Jersey

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 flying over the green background, New Jersey

Adult Glossy Ibis flying over the green background, New Jersey

List of birds that you may see and photograph at this 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


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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