I'm originally from Hoboken. I moved to Lyndhurst in 1998 and then Rutherford in 2000.
It wasn't until 2009 that I stumbled upon DeKorte Park by accident one night when I decided to take a drive down the road past Medieval Times. I wound my way down Valley Brook Ave. to the entrance of a then-closed DeKorte.
The next morning, I drove back and and walked all of the trails, and within 2 hours, I was hooked. I always noticed the birds around my neighborhood, but in growing up in Hoboken yielded only the usual suspects of city life: pigeons, sparrows, robins, and the occasional cardinal or hawk.
In my first 2 hours in DeKorte, I must have seen 30 different species of birds– you couldn't keep me away after that.
More of Dave's commentary, and two more photos — of a Cedar Waxwing and a White-throated Sparrow — follow. (Thanks, Dave!)
What most amazed me most was the abundance and variety of birds right in our back yard, and only 10+ miles away from the city. It still strikes me that you can look up and see an amazing bird of prey like a Bald Eagle, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Harrier, etc. then look down again and see the NYC skyline in the distance.
I love taking photos in the Meadowlands, but in DeKorte particularly because even if you don't get to check off a species from your life list, you always have a chance at a great sunrise, sunset or still water shot that highlights the beauty of the park.
I'm not a professional, I don't have a website, I'm just a regular guy who steps out of everyday life into a plentiful and diverse world of nature, right in my own back yard every chance he gets….