Photograph the GW Bridge, Fall Foilage, and View Hawks on the Hudson

  • October 5, 2014 · 11:45 AM
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This is a FREE multi-opportunity photography event. If you missed last year's event, you'll definitely want to make this one. You can see photos people submitted from last year's event here:

http://www.meetup.com/New-Jersey-Photographers/photos/17783092/

The event is rain or shine. They setup a covered tent with plenty of seating. Last year's event was cloudy with tons of fog and a light rain and we still got great pics of the raptors.

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We'll start with the Hawks on the Hudson where we'll be able to view birds of prey up close. From there, we get to go looking for wild raptors in the air as there's a chance to view hawks, eagles, and falcons during their migrations. 

We can take a break for lunch after the Hawks event and either visit the Lookout Inn or go to one of the many restaurants in nearby Fort Lee. 

For those who want to stay after lunch, we also have the opportunity walk the trails to photograph other parts of the Palisades Interstate Park including the George Washington Bridge and possibly the fall foliage. There's also a historic settlement with cannons and buildings overlooking the Hudson by the bridge lookout. 

The park also offers the opportunity to capture other various wildlife. 

Hawks on the Hudson

The Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey hosts this annual NPC event featuring live birds of prey presented by the Delaware Valley Raptor Center. Between the programs, visitors will have a chance to see the animals up close, chat with the presenters, and to enjoy activities and exhibits by some of the member organizations of the NPC. The afternoon is free and open to all, with no advanced registration required to attend. Lookout Inn, a refreshment stand with a lunch and snack menu, as well as gifts and books, will be open during the event. Click here for directions.

Weather permitting, visitors will also be able to stop by an ongoing “hawk watch” only a few yards beyond the parking area — and 530 feet above the Hudson River. There they can try their luck at spotting wild raptors — hawks, eagles, and falcons — as they migrate south. Throughout the fall, volunteer observers congregate at the lookout point to identify the passing raptors, part of a continent-wide annual study conducted by the Hawk Migration Association of North America. All through September and October and into early November, the State Line hawk watch welcomes visitors who want to learn more about these magnificent animals. While an occasional eagle will glide by the lookout at eye-level, visitors will also learn how experienced observers use a combination of clues like silhouette and flight patterns to identify even those animals that pass hundreds of feet overhead—mere “specks” to the uninitiated—and visitors to the hawk watch are encouraged to bring binoculars with them if they can.

Photos from last year

This little guy was the crowd favorite:

Group Member Matthew Renk got this awesome shot of the GWB with the Fog:

I'll try not to lock my keys in the trunk this time. :)

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  • Issis T.

    Hi Greg, this was a fun day and the weather could not have been more perfect. thank you so much for organizing this and it was a pleasure to finally meet you.

    October 10

  • Joe

    Had a great time. Had some issues with a gentleman and his iPad but didn't stop me from getting great shots. My friend ha a great time too.

    2 · October 6

    • Mathew R.

      At least it wasn't a wedding :) it was rather amusing watching the iPad shooter. Some of the kids had better cameras and probably better images.

      October 6

    • Joe

      There was a kid with an IPad but he was respectful of the people behind him. This guy was exceptionally rude and continued even after being asked. But like I said, I got great shots. Will post some when I get done work

      1 · October 8

  • Andrea B.

    Hey Greg..thanks for organizing...are they any other vantage points along the Palisades that you would recommend to photograph from?

    October 6

    • Greg

      Hey Andrea, there are a lot of hidden gems at the Palisades. There's a hidden path to what looks like ruins of a fort at the base of the Historic Visitor Center. I've visited it twice and it gives you a fantastic view of other bridges. The ruins are interesting to photograph too. The Alpine scenic overlook has some nice views as well. I'm looking into getting access to the Greenbrook Sanctuary (though I don't think it'll be free) but they have flora and wildlife that could be interesting to photograph.

      October 6

  • Sarah

    I had a terrific time! I am new to 'meetup' so I really didn't know what to expect as far as a group activity this size. On that note, there really was no organization, or introductions, or greeters.... Self introductions was the way to go. I was lucky to have met two wonderful ladies during the course of the day as well as take in some awesome scenery for photos. We were very lucky with the cooperation of the weather and the birds of prey demonstration was really awesome. As I arrived early enough to get seats in the front row may have had something to do with it. ;)
    I'm looking forward to learning about more places and ideas to shoot. I've been in a photo slump lately and need to get re-inspired. Thanks for helping to get me started!

    October 6

    • Greg

      Hi Sarah, I'm glad to hear you had a great time! Due to the scope of the event, it was definitely not suited towards camaraderie and a organized meeting since it was packed so quickly by non-members. Last year we did a lunch afterwards but I was not available to host it this time due to time constraints. I'll try to include an option for lunch/dinner for those who'd like to meet and make friends at future meetups. Thanks for the feedback!

      1 · October 6

  • Mathew R.

    Glad everyone that came out had a great time. I hope everyone captured some great images. Hopefully you will post a few of your favorites. I didn't get to see many of you but I could hardly talk today anyway. Hope to see some of you at the next meet up.

    Mathew

    1 · October 6

    • Mathew R.

      That bookstore was moved a few blocks away and they are working on that building. Who knows what it will be next.

      October 6

    • Mathew R.

      That I dont know, havnt been in it in years. Kinda scared me how much weight they had in that place. Loaded with books floor to ceiling lol

      October 6

  • chew

    Good sunny day. Excellent event. 5 Stars. Thanks, Greg.

    October 5

    • Greg

      Glad you had a great time! Can't wait to see pictures!

      October 6

  • zigi p.

    got there about 3 pm, not sure where the group was. but got some shots of birds over the hudson and sun setting on fall foliage. hope to post soon

    October 5

  • Mary

    Hi, great day. Sorry I didn't get to meet up with everyone. I was there, but couldn't tell who was with Meetup. Still, it was beautiful and a fun day.

    2 · October 5

  • Emile

    Thanks Greg , it was really nice meet up, I enjoyed taking pictures of those beautiful birds, and it was nice meeting every one :)

    1 · October 5

  • Mary

    Looking forward to tomorrow. I tried to find this park once, but got totally lost. Any number I can call if I get lost again?

    October 4

    • Greg

      Hi Mary, I just sent an email about tomorrow which includes directions and my cell phone. Just watch for the entrance as it's easy to miss and the u-turn is about a mile away.

      1 · October 4

    • Mary

      Thanks, Greg! On my way!

      October 5

  • Greg

    I was here for sunrise and it's brisk and gorgeous. The wildlife is out including deer and wild turkeys. The leaves are changing color and falling so there's a lot to photograph.

    2 · October 5

  • Art E.

    Unfortunately I also will not be joining today. Was looking forward to going, but a bit under the weather. Hope you all have a great time. And also hope to meet up at the next event.

    October 5

  • Eileen

    Looks like I have too miss this - change in plans for tomorrow. Bummed!

    October 5

  • Kim

    Hi Sarah:
    Just confirming that we are riding up together tomorrow, meeting at 9:30 at that giftshop?

    October 4

  • Issis T.

    I'm looking forward to this even thou I'm on-call from work. Hopefully I'll be able to enjoy the day and not have to leave early.

    October 4

  • Sarah

    I'm really looking forward to Sunday!!!

    2 · October 2

  • Kim

    OK great. See you there at 9:30 on Sunday.

    October 1

  • Kim

    Thanks Sarah! Great, where exactly in the rest area, and at what time?

    October 1

  • Kim

    OK Sara great. How do we share personal info. to make arrangements?

    October 1

  • Kim

    Is anyone driving from my area? Would anyone like to share a ride? I live in Upper Freehold.

    September 30

  • Joe

    My RSVP button is acting up. I originally had +1 but was trying to make it +2. Hopefully that isn't a problem. Thanks Joe

    1 · September 26

  • CC

    Looking forward to going! Sounds like a great day. Hope we have some good weather!

    September 8

    • Greg

      Don't let the weather deter you. Last year it was foggy, dreary, and slightly rainy and we still got awesome pics. In case of rain, they set up a tent to keep the event going. As you can see from the pic of the GWB, even with bad weather, you can still get some interesting shots at Palisades Interstate Park as well.

      1 · September 23

  • Nataly

    How exciting! First-timer here! Can't wait to meet fellow photogs and enjoy what is sure to be a wonderful experience!

    September 23

    • Greg

      Hi Nataly, welcome to the group. The opportunity to get closeups of the raptors is pretty awesome. The presenter also gives some great information on each of the birds so it's pretty educational as well.

      September 23

  • Stephanie

    Hi!

    August 17, 2014

  • monica

    Just checked my calendar and looks like I'm working that weekend. UGH!

    July 28, 2014

  • Kristan F.

    I can't wait last year way amazing!

    2 · April 24, 2014

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