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.

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

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail in Chester Twp NJ

Tiger Swallowtail on Joe-pye Weed
Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center
August 2021

Learn more about Joe-pye Weed – https://www.thespruce.com/joe-pye-weed-eupatorium-purpureum-1402848

Visit the Kay Environmental Center – https://www.morrisparks.net/index.php/parks/elizabeth-d-kay-environmental-center/

Reflections on the South Branch

Reflections on the South Branch

Ken Lockwood Gorge WMA, Hunterdon County NJ

Angling the camera downward in portrait orientation allowed me to capture the reflecting colors of both the sky as well as the background foliage.

Plan your visit to Ken Lockwood Gorge – https://www.nynjtc.org/park/ken-lockwood-gorge-wildlife-management-area

Pileated Woodpecker at Buckhorn Creek WMA

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Pileated Woodpecker
 
Buckhorn Creek Wildlife Management Area, Warren County NJ
 
I got a few quick shots off from my car before this bird and his mate flew deeper into the woods.
 
Visit Buckhorn Creek – https://goo.gl/maps/7WWbwd8G5yqcTShr8
 

Great Blue Heron Above Marsh

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Great Blue Heron Above Marsh
 
Rockaway Township, New Jersey
 
Heron nesting season is upon us and the local GBH’s are very aloof.

March 2020 at Lake Arrowhead

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March 2020 at Lake Arrowhead
 
Denville Township, New Jersey
 
The bleak recent weather seems to echo the uncertain times of the pandemic. Hopefully sunny days ahead for us.
 
Canon EOS M50 + Tamron 18-400mm

Hiking the Den Brook Trail in Denville

Exploring the Den Brook Trail located off of Openaki / Casterline Road in Denville. I believe the walking trail is only in the early phases of blazing (as of February 2020) however I enjoyed a walk along the scenic brook on a mild sunny winter’s afternoon.

Read more about the upcoming trail here – http://www.denvillenj.org/news_detail_T34_R113.php

Thanks to the Denville municipal trail pixies whom make the trail blazing happen. We know who you are! 🧚

 

Lake Arrowhead and Morning Sky

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Lake Arrowhead and Morning Sky
 
11/29/2019
Denville NJ
 
This morning I grabbed my mirrorless Canon camera, fumbled with manual settings and shot 2 frames before my lone battery died. I didn’t have enough reaction time to turn the image stabilization on but was fortunate to get a sharp shot at 1/13 of a second.
 
Canon EOS M50 + EFM 11-22mm

Incoming Storm over Old Farm

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Incoming Storm over Old Farm
 
Hackettstown, New Jersey
 
It was clear no other person had walked around this property recently as there was scarcely a deer path to navigate the overgrowth.
 
Canon 5Dsr + Tamron SP 15-30mm VC