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Barn Owl in-flight – New Jersey

April 8, 2014

Even though Barn Owls are one of the most widespread of all birds, they aren’t seen by many, especially during the daylight hours. Not to long ago, I was lucky enough not only to see one but also to photograph it, here in Northern New Jersey. Surprisingly, this particular Barn Owl would fly very close to us, giving all gathered birdwatchers and photographers, great looks on its heart-shaped face:

Barn Owl flying by at the Liberty Marsh, Wallkill River NWR, NJ / NY boundary - Bird Photography - Canon 1Dx 600mm 1.4x extender

 

Barn Owl in-flight by Greg Gard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.Based on a work at www.GregGard.com.

Great Egret flying with a nesting material – Venice Rookery, Florida

April 4, 2014

Great Egret in breeding plumage, flying by with a nesting material in its beak, photographed at the Venice Rookery, Florida:

Great Egret in breeding plumage, with a nesting material, coming in for the landing - Florida Bird photography, Venice Rookery - Canon 7D 500mm IS f/4

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Short-eared Owl – New Jersey

April 1, 2014

Short-eared Owl flying by:

Short-eared Owl in-flight showing underwing at the Wallkill River NWR, NJ/NY Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS II 1.4x telecenter

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Photographed at Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, Liberty Marsh, New Jersey / New York boundary.

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Hooded Merganser – Passaic River, NJ

March 31, 2014
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With this rainy weather, past couple of days, I had a chance to catch up on some editing…

I went back to some photographs from 2013, and found this female Hooded Merganser photograph I took on the Passaic River, Paterson, New Jersey:

Adult female Hooded Merganser swimming on the Passaic River, Passaic County, New Jersey - Canon 7D 600mm IS f/4 mark II lens

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Black-crowned Night-Heron – Venice Rookery, Florida

March 28, 2014

Black-crowned Night-Heron photographed at the Venice Rookery, Florida:

Black-crowned Night-Heron at Venice Rookery, Florida Canon EOS 7D 500mm IS f/4 lens

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Interesting facts:

– Black-crowned Night Heron nest in groups that often include other species, including herons, egrets, and ibises.

– A breeding Black-crowned Night-Heron will brood any chick that is placed in its nest. The herons apparently don’t distinguish between their own offspring and nestlings from other parents.

– Young Black-crowned Night-Herons leave the nest at the age of 1 month but cannot fly until they are 6 weeks old. They move through the vegetation on foot, joining up in foraging flocks at night.

– The oldest Black-crowned Night-Heron on record was 21 years, 1 month old. – Scientists find it easy, if a bit smelly and messy, to study the diet of young Black-crowned Night-Herons—the nestlings often disgorge their stomach contents when approached. – source Cornell Lab

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Immature Little Blue Heron – Venice Rookery, FL

March 21, 2014

Immature Little Blue Heron photographed at the Venice Rookery, Florida:

Immature Little Blue Heron perched on a dead branch at the Venice Rookery, Florida bird photography - Canon EOS 7D 500mm IS f/4

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Landing into the Chaos – Venice Rookery, Florida

March 14, 2014

Great Egret landing into the chaos, photographed at the Venice Rookery, Florida:
Bird photography at the Venice Rookery, Florida - Canon EOS 7D 500mm f/4 IS lens

quick snapshot of the “chaos” I’m referring to:

Bird photography at the Venice Rookery, Florida - Canon EOS 7D 500mm f/4 IS lens

This is how the Venice Rookery looks like after the sunset (and most likely right before the sunrise). Believe it or not, birds were still arriving!
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