Column about Banded Peregrine Falcon

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The Record and Herald News has a column today about a banded Peregrine Falcon that Chris Takacs spotted in North Arlington, and and how much information was  gleaned from a photo of just the two numerals and two letters (06 BC) on its band.

The same Peregrine — from NYC — had been seen photographed by Jill IMG_0406Homcy in  Carlstadt a few weeks earlier. This girl gets around and hangs around.

The Meadowlands seems to attract young Peregrines from all over the Middle Atlantic states every yaer, especially during the summer.

The link is here.

Sunset Mike’s Meadowlands Videos: Part 3


Video 3: “Fall In The Meadowlands, Sunrises, Sunsets and Great Skies Time Lapse HDR Photography (Part 2).”  (Please please with sound on.)

Mike Maddaloni writes:

This video and the one you posted yersterdayt  showcase the best nature had to offer us. I think you got quite a few stills from Ron, Roy, Chris, and others, so to compliment their awesome shots, here are the time lapse videos of those glorious skies at sunrise, sunset, and some in between when the skies were just awesome.

In all, in the fall, I had over 30 minutes of TIME LAPSE material (extrapolated that’s about 200 hours worth of time spent on location with multiple cameras going at once, of course), with a whopping 120 individual sequences, that’s an average of about 3 per day, so what you see is only the best of the best.

Background: Mike Maddaloni recently went into high gear, producing not one, or two, but three videos featuring Meadowlands sunrises and sunsets — all time-lapse compilations starting from the summer until a few weeks ago.

(Thanks, Mike!)

We’ll post a bonus video tomorrow.

 

Don Torino’s Latest Column

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Don Torino, president of the Bergen County Audubon Society, has a new column about the joys of the outdoors this holiday season.

Here’s the opening:

I have always believed birders and all people that have made nature a part of their lives have an undeniable special connection to the natural world.

Call it emotional or spiritual, divine or magical, either way I believe we all feel something very special when we spend time in the wild places we have come to love so much.    

and…

No matter what is going on in this hectic and sometimes overwhelming time of year, there is no mistaking that a walk in the woods or the just the sight of a favorite bird makes us feel just a little better about the day.

Keeping a Holiday connection to nature can make that time even more enjoyable and special.

Link is here.

Sunset Mike’s Meadowlands Videos: Part 2


Video 2: “Fall In The Meadowlands, Sunrises, Sunsets and Great Skies Timelapse HDR Photography (Part 1)”  (Please please with sound on.)

Mike Maddaloni writes:

This video and the one that will be posted here tomorrow showcase the best nature had to offer us. I think you got quite a few stills from Ron, Roy, Chris, and others, so to compliment their awesome shots, here are the time lapse videos of those glorious skies at sunrise, sunset, and some in between when the skies were just awesome.

In all, in the fall, I had over 30 minutes of TIME LAPSE material (extrapolated that’s about 200 hours worth of time spent on location with multiple cameras going at once, of course), with a whopping 120 individual sequences, that’s an average of about three per day, so what you see is only the best of the best.

Background: Mike Maddaloni recently went into high gear, producing not one, or two, but three videos featuring Meadowlands sunrises and sunsets — all time-lapse compilations starting from the summer until a few weeks ago.

(Thanks, Mike!)

We’ll post the third video tomorrow.

 

Our Tuesday Walk

DSCN0160Had a cool guided walk around DeKorte Park this  morning, with lots of birds, including a Light-morph Rough-leg.

This was our final walk of the year, and a big thank you to everyone who participated in our walks in 2014.

The young birder above improved his ID skills immensely once he stopped looking through his binoculars backwards.

Full list tomorrow.

Sunset Mike’s Meadowlands Videos: Part 1


Video 1 (above): “A Summer of Sunsets” (and generally great skies), all from DeKorte Park and Disposal Road. Please play with “sound” on.

Mike Maddaloni writes:

I recently went into high gear, producing not one, or two, but three videos featuring Meadowlands sunrises and sunsets — all time-lapse compilations starting from the summer until a few weeks ago.

Summer sunsets, and fall sunrises and sunsets; two different themes, three videos total.

I’d be honored, as always, to share these with  the Meadowblog community, as you know LOTS of work goes into producing these videos, not just capturing the images, but hours of post production work — tiny things not worth mentioning here that gave me lots of grief.

Nonetheless, I present to you this work, as polished and as awesome as I can make them.

(Thanks, Mike!)

We’ll post the second video tomorrow.