Posted on March 14, 2021
I am cleaning my backup hard drives to remove files to clean up space and to remove files I do not need or duplicates. I found this series of an Osprey fishing at the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ. These were taken at 7 am so there was not a lot of light so I was happy they came out as well as they did because the Canon 1D mkIII was a little “noisy” in low light. The refuge years ago was a Celery Farm and after that they raised carp here before it became a town Natural Area. So you can see a small splash of orange color in the featured image by the Ospreys talons. The Osprey was not able to hold on to the Carp and dropped it before the next image.
Posted on December 31, 2020
I was going through old hard drives clearing files I did not need or want anymore and I came across some images I took along the path of a Flicker Nest. This was from the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale NJ. The nest was right on the main path that goes around Lake Appert and was at eye level. Seemed strange to build a nest on a heavily walked path. I kept a long distance from the nest to not bother the nest. But others just walked right up to it. So I got a series of images and moved on so not to disturb them, even though others did not seem to give them space. But having people close by did not seem to bother them. All images were with a Canon 100-400mm lens @ 350-400mm with a Canon 20D (Full-frame equivalent ~560mm to 640mm)
Posted on November 19, 2020
I was going through bird images looking for one to post instead of more landscapes. I came across this image of a Tricolored Heron. This was from a small local Wildlife Area where I used to live and was a not a common visitor to this small lake. Image taken in early evening with a 400mm f/4 DO lens @ f/4.5, 1/160 sec.
Posted on October 31, 2020
I was going through backup Hard Drives, cleaning up files I do not need and found these images of an Immature Little Green Heron in the trees near it’s nest. These were from The Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ in 2007. I was using a Canon 1D mkIII with a 400mm DO lens with a Canon 2X Teleconverter, giving me 800mm to help fill the frame with the immature Little Green Heron. It was fun to get some frame filling images of this immature Little Green Heron. Usually they are very timid and not out in the open.
Posted on October 17, 2020
I was cleaning up old backup hard drives and found this series of images of a Cedar Waxwing dining on insects caught in a web under a branch. This was many, many years ago early in the morning. I was using a Canon 1D mkIII with a 400mm Canon DO lens and a flash with a Better Beamer Flash Extender to fill in the dark areas. I was on an observation platform and the Cedar Waxwing was almost level with me as I was photographing the waxwing. It is amazing how much better our digital cameras are now compared to the early days!
Posted on August 1, 2020
I was photographing this Great Blue Heron years ago at a local park early in the morning. I was using a 100-400mm Canon Zoom @ 400mm. It is amazing what they can swallow. Here It seemed to go down quickly. Other times I have seen them take up to 20 to 30 minutes to get their prey down. Also they seem to eat a wide variety of prey. I have them eat snakes, gophers, rats and other prey you would think impossible to swallow! And you would think some prey would be painful to swallow!
Posted on July 24, 2020
It seems like Great Blue Herons just glide along in flight for being such a large bird. They do have quite a wide wingspan from ~ 5.5 to 6.6 ft. They can cruise @ 20-30 miles per hour. So they are fun photo subjects especially if they are flying around a small lake and you have long lenses!
Posted on June 17, 2020
The Celery Farm is a small 107 acre freshwater wetland in Allendale, NJ. There is a small lake, Lake Appert, so there is a wide range of birds to photograph in a somewhat confined environment. There has been 240 bird species sighted here with 53 species breeding there. The best times for photos were early morning and early evening. I used to like photographing Ospreys fishing here in the afternoon. The most I had seen there was 6 at the same time circling above. With the small lake it was great for photographers to get Ospreys diving in the lake for fish. Years ago it was a carp farm, so it was strange to see them flying off many times with a bright orange fish! If you walk the trails you can also find a wide range of birds and mammals. So you have a lot of photo opportunities in a relatively small area. Especially for flying birds.
Posted on June 15, 2020
I was going through & cleaning up some backup hard drives. I found these images of Cormorants that were taken at a local small Wildlife Area where we used to live. The featured image is a 2 shot panorama of a Cormorant taking flight in the early morning sunrise. Images taken with a Sigma 300-800mm lens @ 800mm.
Posted on May 19, 2020
I usually do not photograph Canada Geese, but I thought this one coming right at me was an interesting view. It was strange seeing it looking at me as I was photographing it. This was taken years ago with the Sigma 300-800mm lens @ 800mm. Watching it coming at me I was wondering when it would turn. It finally did but was fairly close when it did turn.