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Birding report in pictures – Fall migration at Sandy Hook

October 5, 2010

Just a quick report from last Sunday’s birding trip to Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

Literally in the first two minutes on the trail we, me and my wife, were greeted with a sight of a five cute little birds – Golden-crowned Kinglets (new bird for us).

Golden-crowned Kinglet ©Greg Gard - greggard.zenfolio.com - Canon EOS 7D, 300mm F2.8 IS, ISO 1600, 1/200s, f/5.0 AV mode - Handheld - Cropped Frame.

This gave us more appetite to look for what can be hidden further into the trail.
We’ve found a quiet spot where fall migrants were pushed by a strong wind and stayed there for couple of minutes giving us an opportunity for closer looks.

Yellow-rumped Warbler ©Greg Gard - greggard.zenfolio.com - Canon EOS 7D, 300mm F2.8 IS, ISO 800, 1/1250s, f/8.0 TV mode - Tripod mounted - Cropped Frame.

Yellow-rumped Warbler ©Greg Gard - greggard.zenfolio.com - Canon EOS 7D, 300mm F2.8 IS, ISO 800, 1/1000s, f/5.6 TV mode - Tripod mounted - Handheld - Cropped Frame.

A quick glance at the shore affirmed us with what could be expected – no new shorebirds. Just a handful of gulls…

Upon returning to the parking lot my wife spotted a Eastern Phoebe. As we learnt later on, there were six of them hunting for insects.

Eastern Phoebe ©Greg Gard - greggard.zenfolio.com - Canon EOS 7D, 300mm F2.8 IS, ISO 400, 1/1000s, f/6.3 AV mode - Handheld - Cropped Frame.

While waiting for Eastern Phoebes to come closer, other birds kept me busy shooting. Of course there were few nice surprises:

Lincoln's Sparrow©Greg Gard - greggard.zenfolio.com - Canon EOS 7D, 300mm F2.8 IS + 1.4x teleconverter, ISO 400, 1/1600s, f/5.6 AV mode - Handheld - Cropped Frame.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet©Greg Gard - greggard.zenfolio.com - Canon EOS 7D, 300mm F2.8 IS + 1.4x teleconverter, ISO 200, 1/800s, f/5.0 TV mode - Handheld - Cropped Frame.

and our first of the season:

Dark-eyed Junco©Greg Gard - greggard.zenfolio.com - Canon EOS 7D, 300mm F2.8 IS + 1.4x teleconverter, ISO 400, 1/500s, f/5.6 AV mode - Handheld - Cropped Frame.

Palm Warbler ©Greg Gard - greggard.zenfolio.com - Canon EOS 7D, 300mm F2.8 IS + 1.4x teleconverter, ISO 400, 1/1600s, f/5.6 AV mode - Handheld - Cropped Frame

Despite a cloudy and windy morning, our visit to Sandy Hook turned out to be great! We’ve got some life birds added to our growing list and I’ve managed to capture some nice pictures that I will share in upcoming days…

Please also visit my gallery for more pictures: http://greggard.zenfolio.com

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One Comment leave one →
  1. esteldreaming permalink
    October 5, 2010 7:48 am

    Those are very amazing pictures, great angles and the details are prestine too. Of course those birds are just so beautiful, thank you for sharing.

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