Ron Shields’ Latest Raptors from Disposal Road

A lot of us folks at the Meadowlands Commission ask us: Why is everyone on Disposal Road with binoculars and big cameras.

By way of an answer, Ron Shields writes:

"Attached please find some recent images of action from Disposal Road."

Bald Eagle is featured above.

Ron's images of an American Kestrel, a Red-tail and a Northern Harrier follow. (Thanks, Ron!)




7 thoughts on “Ron Shields’ Latest Raptors from Disposal Road

  1. Gran

    Sounds like Disposal Road should be renamed Raptor Road. Petition the town or something, “disposal” is for a different era, doesn’t do the vets down the road any justice, and it’s in the spirit of conservation.

  2. Ian Garrison

    I see kestrels, harriers, and Osprey out in Harrier Meadow every time I go down–always at least one raptor, usually a harrier (maybe there’s something to the name…)
    Great photos!

  3. M Kostus

    Nice Photos, Ron. In regards to the name Disposal Rd. I kind of like it. And Raptors are Disposers of one sort or another. I have been thrilled to see a Harrier the last few time I have been there.

  4. Roy

    Getting close to Kestrels can be a bit of a challenge. Sometimes you can figure out their hunting pattern (which perches they like) and set up in a spot with good light … and hope for the best.
    I’ve had the most luck getting to within 100′ of them near the curve on the road by the retention pond … The trees are close to the road there … 400-500mm lens is enough for that spot. This is where we usually hang out … feel free to pull up a tripod and we’ll tell you anything you want to know.
    Oh … and always be prepared for the flyovers … they happen quickly:

  5. Ron

    In addition to Roy’s sound advice, you can take two approaches to photographing kestrels or any other raptors on Disposal/Valley Brook Road. If flight action is steady, you can find one spot and allow the birds to come to you. Patience is strongly recommended. If the action is slow, you can drive slowly along the road and use your car as a blind to sneak up on perched birds.
    Last summer, a juvenile kestrel provided weeks of good looks right on top of the telephone pole near the retention pond. You were literally able to walk underneath the pole with your camera. A few weeks ago, a kestrel hover hunted right over our heads on Disposal Road . The kestrel in this series was shot from my car using a 500mm lens. Obviously, he was very cooperative and I was able to get extremely close. And remember…the more time spent, the better the chance for that perfect shot.


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