Another location we like to photograph in is the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division in Oceanville, NJ. We never know what we are going to find when we go there, it is more like a Treasure Hunt. There is an eight mile Wildlife Drive along with various walking trails. Each season brings different photographic subjects. We go mainly for the birds, but if it is a light day for birds, we can go on to deer & other mammals, turtles, landscapes, sunrise/sunsets, macro subjects – bugs, dragonflies, wild flowers or combinations of these. Part of the fun is you never know what you will find. This is an example of what we came upon. We were going down the Wildlife Drive and saw this Peregrine Falcon sitting on a post right on the edge of the Drive. We are used to seeing them flying around the refuge or off in the fields. They are also seen often sitting on the Osprey platforms when the Ospreys are not using them . We slowly drove closer thinking it would just fly off. It just kept looking at us as we got closer. Not wanting to bother him, we drove on the far side of the road. He never left and seemed like us being there was of no interest to him. We spent a couple of minutes taking some shots of him, but we were so close we got these portraits. We then moved on so not to bother him, but he was a great subject.
That’s a beautiful bird.
Thanks, I share your love of nature. I noticed on your “About” page that you come from a corporate communications background. I am still involved in commercial/corporate photography, and agree with you that getting out in nature is very rewarding!