See and Photograph Hawks Soaring Over Montclair

Every Autumn a silently moving mass of birds of prey fills the skies over Montclair, virtually unnoticed by most people on the streets below. But on a good day in September and October – if conditions are right – you might see hundreds and maybe even thousands of hawks overhead making their annual migration south for the winter. The Montclair Bird Club is presenting a special workshop on identifying and photographing birds of prey in flight to coincide with the peak flights of these southbound marvels of migration.

On Saturday, September 25 between 2 and 4 p.m. join former Montclair Bird Club President and New Jersey Audubon Board Chair Wayne Greenstone, who has been watching hawk migration for many decades, and award-winning nature photographer Phil Witt at New Jersey Audubon’s Montclair Hawk Lookout, to see and photograph some of the 15 thousand hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures that fly over Montclair every Fall.

Phil has been photographing nature since he got his first SLR camera in the late 1970s. An avid birder, Phil is a current member of New Jersey Audubon’s Board of Directors. He has been a co-leader for more than a decade of New Jersey Audubon’s photography workshop series. He is a past president of the Camera Naturalist Photo Club, the only nature-only photography club in the State. He judges photography competitions and presents instructional programs at photography clubs throughout New Jersey, and in 2017 was the recipient of th New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs’ citation for service to photography. Phil’s outline guide to photographing birds in flight is available on the Montclair Bird Club website at montclairbirdclub.org

The workshop is limited to 15 participants. Access to the hawkwatch is gained by climbing approximately 100 stairs. To register for the workshop, you must have completed the Covid-19 vaccination(s) at least 14 days prior to September 25 and send an email with the subject line “Hawk ID and Photography Workshop” to MontclairBirdClub100@gmail.com.

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