Daily Archives: April 13, 2011

Free Talk & Slide Show: ‘Birds of the Meadowlands’

"Birds of the Meadowlands" is the free slide show and talk next Wednesday night at 8 p.m.  at the Environment Center in DeKorte Park.

The talk, part of the April meeting of the Bergen County Audubon Society, will be presented by Jim Wright, who keeps this blog for the Meadowlands Commission.

The talk will include many of the photos displayed on this blog and will feature recent arrivals, frequent fliers and other crowd-pleasers.

(The Osprey w/likely-White-Perch photo above was taken earlier this week at DeKorte: Jim will show the entire sequence at his talk.)

Details follow.

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Tuesday Teaser Answer

IMG_6451 Yesterday's Teaser was a mystery raptor — revealed here as a Cooper's Hawk.

We had not seen this guy in a while, until last month, when he started birding the Kingsland Overlook in search of early migrants.

Cooper's Hawks like that area for hunting.


Osprey Lunch: Slide Show Plus!

On Monday, we caught a glimpse of an Osprey hovering over the Shorebird Pool at DeKorte Park, and when we saw it was about to go into a dive to catch a fish, we ran to the water's edge and took photos of the bird leaving the water with a fish in one of its talons.

When we got back to the office, we learned that Dennis Cheeseman had also seen the osprey and  photographed it from afar as it went into its dive and hit the water.

A few hours later, Paula Dias e-mailed us to say that she had photographed an Osprey at DeKorte flying off with its lunch.

We decided to put a slide show together with the three photographers' photos in sequence, and then post it to YouTube. You can see the result above. (Click the lower right-hand corner for a full-screen view.) Music is by Kevin MacLeod. Thanks to all!

Addendum: We are told the former fish is probably a White Perch.