Archive for April, 2017

03/19/17 New Hampshire Bobcat

Posted: April 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

I took a trip up to New Hampshire with friends Harry Collins and Rina Miele. They are good friends and awesome photographers. We were looking for a Great Gray Owl that had been hunting in the fields for the past few weeks. Harry and Rina had taken some incredible photographs of two separate Great Gray Owls the previous week, one in New York and the other here in New Hampshire. Well, my streak of being a day late for shooting owls continued. Two long days looking and we came up empty. But, we did happen to come across a bobcat, which was pretty cool. No Great Gray Owl photos here, but if you click on Harry and Rina’s names up top, you can actually see some pretty sweet images of the Great Gray Owl.

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Harry … one last look.

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The creek the bobcat was on.

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I did see this screech back in February.

 

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04/13/17 Ospreys are Back

Posted: April 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

The ospreys have returned to Ocean County, NJ. These, at Island Beach State Park, were in the process off reinforcing their nests. I watched them return several times with building materials. In between they had some fish and the honeymoon continued.

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The famous female “Bay”.

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“Bandit”, the male.

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04/05/17 Backyard Birds

Posted: April 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

Just some of the daily visitors out back taken over the last few months. Finally, the next post and I will be current … yay!

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04/02/17 Snowy Owl

Posted: April 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

Finally I had the chance to see and photograph a Snowy Owl. I had just about given up on finding one this season. After traveling hundreds of miles in search of the Snowy, one appeared a few miles from my home at Island Beach State Park in New Jersey. After observing it for two days, it was gone. Probably starting it’s long journey back to the arctic. The light was pretty harsh when I took these photos, but always a thrill to see one of these magnificent raptors. Have a safe trip back my friend.

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02/15/17 Cape May

Posted: April 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

I headed to Cape May on this day in February in search of a Snowy Owl. One had been reported the day before and I was hoping to finally see one this year. Well, like many of my previous attempts this year, I came up empty. But it was one beautiful, warm day for February and I had the chance to see a gorgeous sunset. My quest to photograph a Snowy this year continues.

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I discovered a new place and I love it. Mercer Meadows located in Lawrence Township, NJ. I went there trying to photograph the Short Eared Owls, but they came out when it was almost dark and at a distance too difficult for me to photograph. While I was waiting for the owls to appear at the Pole Farm area, the Northern Harriers were much more cooperative. This was a first for me and I was pretty excited. Several made passes quite close while hunting for food. It’s great to watch them hover over their potential prey. ¬†These images were taken over four separate visits.

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11/28/16 Peregrine Falcons

Posted: April 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

There is a pair of Peregrine Falcons that live on the cliffs of the Palisades high above the Hudson River in New Jersey. The Peregrine is the fastest animal in the world, achieving speeds over 200 mph on their hunting dives called “stoops”. I watched them dive bomb a bald eagle that was just cruising up the Hudson. Later in the day, the same attack on a young red-tailed hawk. They constantly defend their territory. It’s amazing to see them fly at such high speeds. These images are a compilation of three visits.

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Beginning the “stoop”.

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The young red-tailed hawk, exhausted after the battle.