Five-lined Skink in Morris County NJ

Five-lined Skink
Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Rockaway Twp, NJ
More info on the Five-lined Skink – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plestiodon_fasciatus

View from Wildcat Ridge Hawk Watch

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View from Wildcat Ridge Hawk Watch
 
Rockaway Township, New Jersey
 
 
Free upcoming guided hike (strenuous) to Wildcat Ridge – https://www.facebook.com/events/2455768184491915/

Blue-winged Warbler at Wildcat Ridge WMA

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Blue-winged Warbler
 
Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Rockaway Twp, NJ
 
Fact – 100% of people who think birdwatching is boring have never laid eyes on a Blue-winged Warbler. (source = Dave Blinder)
 
 
More information on Wildcat Ridge WMA – https://www.njfishandwildlife.com/wldcthwk.htm

Beaver Brook along Richter Mine Trail

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Beaver Brook along Richter Mine Trail
 
Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Rockaway Township, NJ
 
Not many good free maps of the region but you can find the Richter Mine Trail on this mountain biking map – https://www.trailforks.com/region/rockaway-township/?activitytype=1&z=13.7&lat=40.95542&lon=-74.46832

Calico Pennant dragonfly

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Calico Pennant
 
Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Rockaway Township, NJ
 
Here’s a view of the male Calico Pennant. Compare it to the female coloration from my previous upload – https://www.facebook.com/daveblinderphotography/photos/a.243841199122036/1294234057416073/

Calico Pennant

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Calico Pennant
 
Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Rockaway Twp NJ
 
I saw a small handful of these colorful dragonflies today at the local beaver pond.
 

April Storm over Wildcat Ridge

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April Storm over Wildcat Ridge
 
Rockaway Township, New Jersey
 
I was at the right place and right time for dramatic weather at the local hawkwatch. I’ve photographed from this vista dozens of times but have never observed such defined clouds. A seemingly ethereal light struck the foreground as sunlight permeated the sky.
 
Canon 5Dsr + Tamron 24-70mm