Sunday, January 18, 2009
The upper image provides you an idea of where I have been the last two days. As you can see the inlet is full of ice. The lower image is just about the only wildlife that I have seen to photograph. It was 6 degrees when I got out of the truck to photograph just before light. The Barnegat Bay area was about 4 degrees warmer than inland due to the ocean effect. The wind was blowing around 5-10 mph, so it was not too bad. From a photography standpoint is was a complete bust. Since the inlet was froze up due to the cold temps, all the waterfowl had moved to open water. The jetties were full of ice so it was hazardous walking with the camera gear. The only birds I saw were some Dunlin and Ruddy Turnstones. The Dunlin that is pictured above was one of the few that braved the cold air to search around for some food. Most were huddled in groups. The blue background is a morning sky reflection on the ice on the jetty rocks.
Headed south tomorrow working my way back home. Enjoyed spending time with my brother and watching my nephew wrestle on Saturday. He pinned his first opponent in less than a minute.