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:
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.
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. :)