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“I have always been fascinated with birds. The wings, the glide, the flight, the diving into space or water has always given me this sense of freedom. Birds are truly owners and watch beast for this world; as they walk the earth, swim in the waters and fly in the skies"- Roberto Melendez

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“I have always been fascinated with birds. The wings, the glide, the flight, the diving into space or water has always given me this sense of freedom. Birds are truly owners and watch beast for this world; as they walk the earth, swim in the waters and fly in the skies"- Roberto Melendez

10/10/2020
Life has changed since my last entry! Because of the virus that has affect us all in different ways, this year I missed the spring bird migration due to the lockdown as many other birders.  And although a minor inconvenience compared to what other people have gone through during this time, it did impact the bird migration tourism in many states.  Aa far as the fall migration, I have enjoyed what I could staying locally. Normally I would venture out to the south of the state, I think is too soon yet to venture out so far.  Although I may do a day trip to see if I can get pics of the Snowy Owl, A lifer for me but it needs to be a bit colder.
During the summer months I have enjoyed the Meadowlands with it's many birds and State line for the Falcons.  I'm looking forward to venturing out in December/January and get some pics of Bald Eagles as they are easier to see without the foliage of the trees; when they go hunting in large bodies of water.

My quest lately has been to get the perfect picture of the Great Blue Heron in flight.  While I have many pics of the GBH in flight, I have not gotten the ONE yet.  My last trip was to the Meadowlands during the sunset golden hour and the GBH was there, my spouse spotted it  hunting on the other side of the meadows about 200 feet away.  I did get a few pics as it  mimic what I call the Snowy Egret dance, only a bigger dance.   As I decided to move on the GBH takes off my way and into the grasses, I missed the shot.  When I came back to the area I decided to sit down, just then I hear the squawking and the GBH flies right by me and I missed the shot again!  As I'm leaving the area the GBH flies right over me but by this time it didn't matter , it was too dark to get a decent pic.  The GBH was definitely playing with me, maybe on my next trip the GBH will play nicer Lol!
1/19/2020
Peregrine Falcon
It is said that what is meant to be, it's meant to be.  Well I believe those words, especially on this day.  I set out to the Meadowlands on what had to be one of the coldest days to see what birds I could photograph.  Once I got there it was actually not that cold as the sun came out and felt good on the face. I walked the trail and did not see one bird, not even a duck and there is always ducks.   OK, maybe going up to Teaneck may not be a bad idea , with my snow boots on ready to tackle the snowy muddy park I set out.  As I'm approaching the area I started to day dream about the eagles I photographed at this location last week, Ahhh I missed the exit.  Do I go back or do I just proceed to cliffs? With the cliffs exit approaching, I decided to see what's up on the cliffs.
I got to the cliffs, very snowy cliffs.  I braved to the location I last saw Peregrine Falcons.  Ahhh other photographers were there, I welcomed to see them although I did not know them.  Any sightings? sure they said , look ahead.  And there she was a beautiful Peregrine Falcon. After a few takes, the other photographer started to converse, including me in the conversation. I must say I truly enjoyed talking to these guys and gals.  Sometimes in the field you are alone or if there are others, some don't care to even say hello.  This bunch were very friendly.  "Ahhh get ready she is going to fly", said Nick.  We all positioned and got our pics!  How he knew I have yet to learn.  After that they left and another photographer, Robert, came and started to converse about eagles. Then he noticed another photographer in the distance, he said "lets go" photograph a Falcon , "she's over there". 
 I followed and sure enough there she was, not more than 30 feet away.  We clicked away, soon Robert left , then the Falcon decided enough of this photo session.  I went back to my original location and the photographer (Jake) that had been taking photos at the second site soon followed.  The Falcon never came back, but a great conversation with Jake.   Jake is an interesting guy, dress from head to toe in camouflage fatigues including the camera.  He reminded me of James Bond in disguise.  Jake with a lot of knowledge, we spoke about equipment and Jake gave me some valuable tips, he also knew Sam, a great and friendly photographer a had met months earlier in the Meadowlands.  I even got some friendly scolding from Jake for not photographing every day and learning even bit of technical feature of my new camera.  Explaining I had a different job 9x5 was not good enough, and it shouldn't be, Jake was right.  So on this great day I walked away with awesome Falcon pics, great friendly conversation and a good friendly scolding, who can ask for more? 
I guess it was meant to be.
1/11/2020
Bald Eagles
I arrived at the park, hoping to capture some birds, no sooner I started to walk, a flock of Canadian geese which numbered in the hundreds, darkening the sky, flew right over me, nervous I was going to miss the scene, I just started to photograph and failed miserably as my camera settings were all wrong.   Feeling like a loser, little did I know that on this day, it was going to be a milestone in my photography of birds.  As I walked along the side of the running track in this park in North Jersey, I spotted a big bird flying down into the the large creek.   Thinking it was an Osprey, although it was January, I quickly double checked my camera settings and headed toward the water's edge.  In the distance, a few hundred feet away I spotted a few dark shapes.  Well that's strange, Ospreys just don't sit out in the water and certainly not in groups.  
As I raised and looked through my 600mm lens, I almost fell back.  Not one, by four Bald Eagles, 1 adult and 3 juveniles , sitting on a log.  Conscious that you have to stay away from Bald Eagles nest, I quickly looked around to make sure there were no nest in the trees, and of course there weren't any, as the water's edge was too close to the running and walking tracks, with a lot of people movement, then I remembered reading about nest in the adjacent town.  These Bald Eagles must have been here to fish and hang out for the day.   I quickly started to photograph them, as I was sure they would leave quickly, it turned out to be more than an hour photo session.  I stayed behind some trees with just enough clearing to take photos, so I wouldn't spook the birds, as they have great eyesight.  Behind me of course on the track, there were people running and enjoying this 60 f degree weather in January!

I had been thinking of taking a trip to Maryland of a well know dam with lot's of Eagles , but here they were putting on a wonderful display of a day in the  life of the Eagle, in true nature.  Photographing the Eagles was truly a dream for me and I will never forget how blessed I was on this day.  While the Eagles had flight , I walked out of the park walking on a cloud. I hope you enjoy the photos as much I was thrilled to take them.
12/25/2019
Pelicans
Being in Florida for Christmas was quite usual, nothing worked out the way we wanted, wit the exception of seeing my wonderful Mom and family.  No sooner did I land I fell ill and was lay'd out in bed for two days.   On Christmas day, feeling better we headed out to Dania Pier to see if there were any pelicans.  Well there sure was, and I managed to get some really good photos of pelicans.  What a nice Christmas gift!
6/16/2019
Turtleback Zoo
Flamingos in New Jersey!  I'm used to going out and finding beautiful birds in the wild, but recently I took a trip to Turtle Back Zoo.  I had visited the zoo many many years ago as a kid.  So I was expecting to see a few animals.   Well was I in for a surprise. The Turtle back zoo has come a long way and has a diverse amount of animals.  The exhibitions are well thought out.  I was fascinated by many of the exhibitions.  In particular of course the Flamingo exhibit, which is awesome and beautiful.  The exhibition is well thought out and the Flamingos are free to roam.  The zoo is  also big on conservation efforts. 
 I truly enjoyed my day and will be back.  I've been granted permission to show some of the photos , but go and see the zoo for yourself at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange , NJ.  
You will truly enjoy it. 



5/25/2019
Cape May
We decided to spend the weekend some place different, some place we had never been too. We decided on Cape May , since we never had been and people kept telling me to go to see the birds.  It was truly an awesome trip, not only the birds but the town, the old homes, the restaurants, we felt like we had been transported to some place else.  And then the birds.... wow I had such an awesome time photographing birds, will definitely be down for the bird migration in the fall.

The Meadowlands 
My love of the Great Egret started with my first visit to the meadowlands in 2018.
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