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Hawks Over the Hudson live event this Sunday
« on: September 29, 2017, 11:35:11 AM »
This Sunday, October 1, there will be  "Hawks Over The Hudson" event from noon to 4pm at the Stateline Lookout in Alpine, just off the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Besides the hawk migration watch that goes on every year in September and October, the event will include a live raptor program that features many kinds of hawks and other raptors. These live birds of prey will be presented by the Delaware Valley Raptor Center at 1:00 and 2:30pm. You don't usually get a chance to see these magnificent birds up close, but you will here.

This is a really interesting event that appeals to both adults and children. You may recall that I shot that event 6 years ago (http://www.hackensacknow.org/index.php/topic,2113 - photos 3,4 and 5) and I would highly recommend it. It's time I went back.

The lot fills up quickly, so it's a good idea to get there early. If you want to see the wild birds' either flying locally or as part of the annual migration, bring binoculars. This event is a two-for-one free show.

Info: http://www.natureprogram.org/hawksOverHudson.html





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Hawks Over the Hudson live raptors presentation photos
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 04:35:18 PM »
As you saw above, this event took place on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Stateline Lookout in Alpine.

I got there early, but still had to park on the road leading into the lookout area because the lots were already full.

It was a beautiful day for the event, but my only problem was that it was held in an open-sides tent, which limited the natural sunlight on the birds that I had shot with the last time I was there in 2011. This meant I had to use the flash.

I grabbed a seat in the fifth row on the center aisle because I knew that the presenter - Bill Streeter from the Delaware Valley Raptor Center - would be walking up and down the aisle while he held the birds and talked about them.


1. Before the show, I saw the Tappan Zee Bridge up the Hudson. I probably shot this the last time I was there, but this time it had a friend standing beside it - the new Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge  - which just opened and replaces the aging Zee. This was a shot to get now because it won't be available in the near future when the Zee is dismantled.

2. This is the smallest raptor - the kestrel - which I took as Bill walked down the center aisle and stopped by me.

3. Bill gets an earful from a peregrine falcon.

4. When Bill walked down the center aisle with the falcon, I could see all the people - many of them children - turning around to look at the bird. This was a shot worth getting.

5. This is what an adult red-tailed hawk looks like - unlike my old yellow-eyed friend, Hammy.

6&7. A Great Horned Owl

8. This is a Saw-whet owl - the smallest owl.

9.&10. A Golden eagle - the show's closing headliner

11. After the show, I saw a couple of turkey vultures cruising the skies.

12. A Hudson River Line train across the river reflects a bit of sunlight as it heads south to Manhattan.


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Re: Hawks Over the Hudson live event this Sunday
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2017, 05:06:14 PM »
I found this photo online. It was taken at the 10-1-17 raptor show at Stateline Lookout.

Not only does it show a peregrine falcon and a happy audience, it also shows someone I know. If you look by the falcon's chest, there's a guy with a black cap taking a picture.

It's the same guy who took all the pictures in the previous post.


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