Nature reclaimed at Johnsonburg Swamp

Nature reclaimed
Johnsonburg Swamp Preserve in Warren County NJ

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Green Heron at the Newark Watershed in Newfoundland NJ

Green Heron at the Newark Watershed in Newfoundland NJ

Green Heron at the Newark Watershed in Newfoundland NJ

If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a Green Heron’s mouth looks like this is the video for you.

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Filmed with the Canon SL2 + Tamron SP 150-600mm G2 Lens

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Wildlife Filming Tips

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Least Skipper on Milkweed

Least Skipper on Milkweed
Troy Meadows, Parsippany NJ
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Northern Rough-winged Swallow in Flight

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bee Meadow Park, Hanover Township NJ.

Taken in 2009 this was the first and seemingly the last time I invested effort in trying to image a swallow in flight. I am sure I took over 200 trial shots with a professional photography setup to snag a single usable frame!

A few tips on shooting birds in flight:
“Prefocus” your telephoto lens by obtaining focus on an object such as a ripple in the water, a tree, or a cloud where you expect the bird may pass.

Set your camera dial to “M” for manual and base your exposure on aforementioned ripple of water, tree, or cloud. Do not expect or hope that you camera has the wits to know what brightness a bird should be against a bright or dark sky.

Always use the largest picture size and shoot in your camera raw format (why wouldn’t you?) Set the camera focus type to “Servo” and shoot at the highest burst speed your camera allows.

Do not expect your first, twelth, or hundredth frame to be in focus or well-composed. Shoot shoot shoot. There is plenty of luck involved with tracking an erratic subject.

Eastern Pondhawk on Brown-eyed Susan

Eastern Pondhawk on Brown-eyed Susan
Johnsonburg Swamp Preserve, Warren County NJ
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Spotted Apatelodes Moth at Jonathan’s Woods

Spotted Apatelodes Moth
Jonathan’s Woods, Morris County NJ

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Nature walk at New Jersey Audubon’s Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary

Nature walk at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary

Nature walk at New Jersey Audubon’s Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary

With the easy scenic trails and a diversity of wildlife habitats NJ Audubon in Bernardsville is a great place to stretch your legs. Please note that dogs are not permitted and visitor’s gate closes at 6PM.

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Morning Rays on Sunrise Mountain Road

Morning Rays on Sunrise Mountain Road
Stokes State Forest, Sussex County, New Jersey

This photo was taken on a recent outing. I quickly jumped out of my car to seize the opportunity of morning sunlight piercing through clearing fog in the forest. The good photo opportunities are always fleeting.

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