Hoary Elfin in Whiting NJ

Hoary Elfin
Whiting WMA
Ocean County NJ
May 2022

With an approximate wingspan of 1” these tiny Spring butterflies are quite a challenge to fill the frame with.

Read more about the Hoary Elfin – https://www.naba.org/chapters/nabanj/butterflies/hoary_elfin.html

Osprey in Denville NJ

Osprey
Denville NJ
May 4, 2022

I was not expecting to see an Osprey perched above #Denville Park Meadows today. Hopefully this bird catches a few trout en route to its breeding grounds.

#njnature #njphotography #jerseybirders #newjersey #nj #morriscounty #denvillenj #downtowndenville

Spotted Turtles In Spring

Spotted Turtles In Spring
Great Swamp NWR
New Jersey
April 2022

I was able to observe the male (left) Spotted Turtle courting the female (right) on the boardwalk nearest the Sportsmen Blind.

Wood Frog calling at Troy Meadows NJ

Wood Frog

Troy Meadows

Parsippany NJ

March 2022

3 photo sequence of a Wood Frog calling.

Winter View of Troy Brook, February 2022

Winter View of Troy Brook, February 2022

Troy Meadows

Parsippany NJ

This morning I set out to Troy Meadows to grab a few aerial shots to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the National Natural Landmarks program. Wildlife Preserves continues to proactively manage Troy Meadows for the benefit of native wildlife.

Learn more about the National Natural Landmark program – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Natural_Landmark

Learn more about Wildlife Preserves Inc – https://www.wildlifepreserves.org

View from Craigmeur Cliffs

View from Craigmeur Cliffs

Newfoundland, New Jersey

February 2022

A winter hike up the rugged Four Birds Trail lead to a brief view of sunbeams above Green Pond.

Sony A7R3 + Tokina 20mm

01.01.2022 Hog Pen

01.01.2022 Hog Pen

Jonathan’s Woods

Denville NJ

Sony A7R3 + Tokina 20mm

86th Annual Boonton Area Christmas Bird Count

86th Annual Boonton Area Christmas Bird Count

Boonton Township / Boonton Town 

At approximately 6AM, a portion of the group headed outside in hopes of detecting things that go “hoot in the night”. By 7AM the rest of our group rendez-voused at Kincaid Woods on Powerville Rd.

Full roster of birders:

Dave Blinder 

Nora ORourke

Michael Leone

Rick Sedivec

Rick Miles

Jeff Scheidecker

Luke Franke from National Audubon

Doug Ensel

Shayna Marchese

Hotspots visited:

Rockaway Valley Four Corners

Kincaid Woods 

Deer Lake

Masar Field

TLCNJ

RVA Fields

Rockaway River / Morris Canal

Gracelord Park 

Full eBird checklist – https://ebird.org/checklist/S99462642

December Morning at Round Valley Reservoir

December Morning at Round Valley Reservoir
Hunterdon County New Jersey
12/22/2021

The best weather for landscape photography is nearly always scattered clouds and yesterday was no exception. I left my house amid the dark predawn hours in hopes of “striking gold” with a vivid morning sky and ended up getting rewarded.

Here is a video on the creation and controversy surrounding the creation of Round Valley Reservoir – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhkUyQh_P60

Visitation and hiking information for Round Valley Recreation Area – https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/roundvalleyrecreationarea.html