Sandy Hook and above, below & beyond
"I've been a lot of places
Office Christmas Party Aftermath, May 1 2011
Cape May, turn of the Year 2012-2013
Manhattan, Dec 28 2012
Beatrix Potter. The Picture Letters; The Morgan Library & Museum
NY Central Park Zoo: best eider collection ever ...
Scaly-sided Merganser: One of the rarest duck's there is.
The NY Central Park maintains a captive a breeding program , we saw 8 of them there.
Baer's Pochard: another rare duck
Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue: High Altar and Reredos
Christmas Day 2012 walk at Lord Stirling
First Post-Sandy trip to the (North) coast, Dec.23-2012
Beaten by seasonal work, Santa takes a moment to (successfully) look for Dovekies:
(photo by Hadas Parag)
And she shall return from the sea: the Spawn of Sandy
Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk
Ex Waffle place at Manasquam Inlet
Bagworm Moth (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) on arborvitae.
We saw hundreds of those cocoon sacks on hedge at Pleasant Point Beach
Congress Hall in Asbury Park
Congress Hall, detail (photo by Hadas Parag)
Tillie (replica of WB tribute), photo by Hadas Parag
Common Loon at Asbury Park
Hooded Merganser at Asbury Park
Hurricane Sandy damage at Long Branch (Pullman Ave)
Bayonne, Dec22, 2012
A study of Great Cormorants at the Bayonne Ocean Terminal
Great Swamp, Nov 11, 2012
Lake Mohawk, Sussex County - Oct.21, 2012
Garter Snake - Andover, Sussex Branch Trail - Oct. 21, 2012
Aaron the Heron, Mindowaskin Park - Westfield - Oct. 10, 2012
Cape May - Oct. 3 and 4, 2012
Cape May Point State Park (view from South Cape May Meadows)
Lark Sparrow at Cape May Point SP
Ghost Crab (Ocypode quadrata) - South Cape May Meadows)
Palm Warbler - South Cape May Meadows)
American Redstart - South Cape May Meadows
Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) - South Cape May Meadows
South Cape May Meadows
Great Egret - South Cape May Meadows
Eastern Phoebe - Cape May Point
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) - Cape May Point
Fish Crow - Cape May Sunset Beach
Cape May Point
Libinia emarginata, the portly spider crab, common spider crab or nine-spined spider crab
Lesser Black-backed Gull (sub?-adult winter lumage - 3rd cycle?)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (not a Yellow-legged ???, adult breeding)
Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Cape May Point
note the spider crab on the dorsal fin!
Brigantine - Oct. 2, 2012
Westfield market, Sept. 8, 2012
Island Beach State Park, April 8 (Easter Sunday) 2012
Gull trouble: Great Black-backed Gull, (Smithsonian) Herring Gull, Laughing Gull
Blister Beetle: Tricrania sanguinipennis
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Shadbush serviceberry (Amelanchier candensis)
Webb's Mill Bog board walk in the Pine Barrens: Golden Club (Orontium aquaticum)
Branch Brook Park, Newark, April 1 2012
One of the frozen yoghurt stores in Westfield
Secaucus, Hackensack River, March 16, 2012
Spruce Run Reservoir, March 11, 2012
Iceland Gull (adult Kumlien form) - winter is not over yet,
also of note were 190 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (4 of which are on this photo)
Sandy Hook, January 29, 2012
Peregrine Falcon and the growing One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower).
The tower is at its 90th floor (with 14 more to go) and the bird has a green band on its left leg.
I am not an expert, but I think this a New Jersey Power Ranger. I did not know that these agile, yet diminutive creatures can take out the top-gull of our coast (Great Black-backed Gull, I have some expertise on those).
Barnegat Light, January 24, 2012
Harlequin Duck - most incredibly colored duck there is. A group of these ducks winters (up to 30-40) at the jetty of Barnegat Inlet for at least 20 years. Funny that this relatively small, man-made rocky intertidal area became such a favorite for them. All the better for us, as this area is most likely the best place to enjoy them close-up.
The (sometimes) treacherous jetty, winter home to a lot of confiding rock birds.
Purple Sandpiper - another coastal rock lover
more of those over-colored drakes ... with modest, disinterested duck
Red Knot: rare in winter along the NJ coast
Would you call this beast a Common Loon or rather a Great Northern Diver?
I took this picture of an up-ended lawn chair at last light in the salt marshes of
Manahawkin WMA near the (burned) Bridge-to-Nowhere.
Note the Short-eared Owl as well!