Turkey Vulture and Fall Foliage
Four Birds Trail / Craigmeur Cliffs Rockaway Twp NJ October 2021
The white-blazed Four Birds Trail provides a good workout as well as expansive views off of Green Pond Road.
I park here for this section of the Four Birds Trail –
Chicken of the Woods
Four Birds Trail Newfoundland NJ
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Splitrock Reservoir Morris County NJ October 2021
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Pileated Woodpecker Pair
Denville NJ September 2021
On a recent morning walk around the block in Lake Arrowhead I came across Mr & Mrs Woodpecker spiraling their ways around the base of a tree. In my experience, Pileateds may tolerate a close approach by a stealthy photographer.
This was a challenging shot in order to freeze the action of two moving birds in the shade. This lucky exposure occurred at 1/60th of a second which is a chance occurrence for handholding a telephoto lens.
Cell phone video of these Pileated Woodpeckers can be seen here –
Peck’s Skipper on Joe Pye Weed
Lake Ames Rockaway Twp, NJ August 2021
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Tiger Swallowtail on Joe-pye Weed
Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center August 2021
Learn more about Joe-pye Weed –
Visit the Kay Environmental Center –
Common Wood Nymph butterfly
Elizabeth D Kay Environmental Center Chester Twp NJ August 2021
My experience with Common Wood Nymphs is that they are rarely approachable and flighty. This individual an exception as I was able to get quite close for photographs.
More info on the Common Wood Nymph –
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Eastern Amberwing in Obelisk Position
Chester, New Jersey July 2021
How do dragonflies prevent overheating you asked? Here is that answer –
Canon EF-M 11-22mm + EOS-M5 mirrorless camera
Northern Brown Snake
Morris County NJ June 2021
A healthy DeKay’s snake rests comfortable amid mulch. More info on Brown Snakes –
Great Egret on the Beaver Brook
Jonathan’s Woods Morris County NJ June 2021
On a recent June morning 2 egrets as a Great Blue Heron were active near the beaver dam. The pile of feathers at the egret’s feet are a result of preening.