Julie L. Brown Photography
To obtain a non-commercial limited-use licensed digital copy (suitable for prints up to 11 x 14) of any of my images, click here to browse my website. Commercial licensing of my images is also available. Please email indybirdphotographer [AT] comcast [DOT] net to place your order. Upon receipt of payment via PayPal invoice, your purchased file(s) will be sent electronically to your specified email address.
Cape May, New Jersey
A larger crop allows for a closer view of the bird's head, bill, and feather textures. The second image in the mini-series shows the slats of the railing clearly visible in the reflection of the eye.
Seeing this species was a lifer for me. Unfortunately, the circumstances that allowed me such a close view were not optimal. The lighter areas on the edge of the frame are out of focus slats of a dune crossover railing. The bird was resting on the ground-not moving or reacting to people walking past or stopping to look and take photos. Our workshop leader identified it and speculated that it was either exhausted, ill, or injured. We found out later that someone had found the bird near the street and had put it behind the crossover boardwalk to give it some shelter. We learned the next day that it was gone. We hoped that it had recovered and was able to fly away unharmed.
The Virginia Rail is normally found in freshwater marshes. Described as: "A secretive bird of freshwater marshes, the Virginia Rail most often remains hidden in dense vegetation." Field marks include: "Rufous throat and breast; Gray cheeks; Long, slightly curved red bill."
Last year (October 6-12) I traveled to southern New Jersey for "Cape May Magic" an American Birding Association workshop conducted by Mark Garland and Pat & Clay Sutton . It was a wonderful week of birding and learning about birds, although it was rainy and very windy. The storm, a nor'easter (a cyclonic storm that moves along the east coast of North America. It’s called “nor’easter” because the winds over coastal areas blow from a northeasterly direction) , lasted most of the week. As a result, the conditions were generally very challenging for bird photography. Despite the weather, I enjoyed it so much that I spent another five days there in mid-October 2014. Due to its location at the end of a peninsula bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May , New Jersey is a migrant trap and one of the top birding destinations in North America.
CHECK OUT MY WORDPRESS BLOG indybirdphotographer.com For species profiles, location reports, random nature notes, as well as links to my favorite photographers, nature bloggers, and conservation websites. LATEST POST: Backyard Birdwatching: Immature
To see my spotlight images, click here .
Reasonably priced Fine Art photo notecards are available for purchase. Send an email to indybirdphotographer [AT] comcast [DOT] net to place an order. Card set(s) will be mailed to any US address upon receipt of payment via PayPal invoice. Additional shipping charges for orders sent to addresses outside of USA.