Jeff Crawn Wildlife Photography - Sights of Sussex County, New Jersey

2018 is here!

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Sorry there have been no updates the last 2 months. I stopped seeing deer and now the weather is so bad. Hopefully I will be out shooting again soon! Thanks

With the rut in full swing I'm starting to see some good bucks.

November 4, 2017

November 2, 2017

October 31, 2017

October 30, 2017

October 20, 2017

I was able to locate a couple of nice bucks in early season.

Whitetail Deer-September 12, 2017

Whitetail Deer-September 11, 2017

Whitetail Deer-September 4, 2017

Whitetail Deer-August 28, 2017

Whitetail Deer-August 27, 2017 First bucks out of velvet

Whitetail Deer-August 24, 2017

Whitetail Deer-August 22, 2017

Whitetail Deer-August 20, 2017

Whitetail Deer-August 19, 2017

Whitetail Deer-August 16, 2017

Whitetail Deer-August 14, 2017

Whitetail Deer-August 12, 2017

Whitetail Deer-August 10, 2017

Whitetail Deer-August 9, 2017

Whitetail Deer-August 8, 2017

Whitetail Deer-August 8, 2017

Whitetail Deer-August 3, 2017

Whitetail Deer-August 1, 2017

Whitetail Deer-July 27, 2017

Whitetail Deer-July 26, 2017

Whitetail Deer-July 19, 2017

Whitetail Deer-July 18, 2017

Got some butterflies on my bushes outback.
Monarch-July 21, 2017

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail-July 29, 2017

American Lady-July 30, 2017

A friend of mine found this Wood Turtle in the road in Lafayette and brought it over for some pics.
Wood Turtle-July 16, 2017

This year I was fortunate to have a family of foxes living near my yard. I was lucky and got some great shots. 
Red Fox-June 19, 2017

Red Foxes-July 7, 2017

I got 2nd place at the NJ State Fair with this shot.

Hello everyone, Ive been out a bunch recently getting some good shots with a couple of first of species for me. Cerulean Warbler and Black-billed Cuckoo.

I Finally made it down to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on June 15 and had a pretty good day.

Little Blue Heron-June 15, 2017

American Oystercatcher-June 15, 2017

Osprey-June15, 2017

Snowy Egret-June 15, 2017

Northern Diamondback Terrapin-June 15,  2017

I was lucky enough to run across this Northern Parula on Struble Rd. in Stokes State Forest.

Northern Parula-June 8, 2017

Yellow Warbler-June 8, 2017

Got all these shots across from the Flatbrook river.

American Redstart-June 7, 2017

Great Crested Flycatcher-June 7, 2017

Prairie Warbler-June 5, 2017

Indigo Bunting(Female)-June 5, 2017

Black-billed Cuckoo-June 5, 2017

Yellow Warbler-June 5, 2017

Blue-winged Warbler-June 2, 2017

Common Yellowthroat-June 2, 2017

Cerulean Warbler-June 2, 2017

Prairie Warbler-June 1, 2017

Blue Winged Warbler-June 1, 2017

Indigo Bunting-June 1, 2017

Red-eyed Vireo-June 1, 2017

Scarlet Tanager-June 1, 2017

The warblers have arrived in full force. I got these on Sunrise Mountain Rd.
Scarlet Tanager-May 17, 2017

Hooded Warbler-May 17, 2017

Canada Warbler-May 17, 2017

Eastern Towhee-May 12, 2017

Red-eyed Vireo-May 12, 2017

Black-throated Green-May 12, 2017

Hooded Warbler-May 8, 2017

American Redstart-May 8, 2017

Indigo Bunting-May 10, 2017

Blue-winged Warbler-May 10, 2017

Chestnut-sided Warbler-May 10, 2017

Finally got out to look for warblers. Only saw a few but it's early.
Prairie Warbler-May 3, 2017

My friend tipped me off to find this Great Horned Owl nest.
April 19, 2017

I found this Bald Eagle catching and eating 2 painted turtles at Hainesville WMA.
Bald Eagle-February 23, 2017

I got this Red-shouldered Hawk in NY.
Red-shouldered Hawk-February 16, 2017

I know it's been a while since my last update. Been shooting Short-eared Owls for last couplmonths. Here are a few shots.
Short-eared Owls-January 19, 2017

January 6, 2017

January 5, 2017

December 28, 2016

December 20, 2016

Found this same American Kestrel again hover hunting in NY. January 6, 2017

Male Northern Harrier AKA-Grey Ghost in NY. December 28, 2016

Found this American Kestrel hover hunting in NY. 
American Kestrel-December 16, 2016

I also got a chance to shoot some Northern Harriers too. 
Northern Harrier-December 8, 2016

Well I finally came upon a big buck. It was on the first day of deer season. I also have pics of him last year too. December 5, 2016

I saw this small 6pt in Andover. November 8, 2016

I was lucky to find this 8pt for the second year in a row. November 2, 2016

I found the Merlin again in Andover close to my house in really good light. November 6, 2016

I came across this Red-tailed Hawk in Andover the other day with a crow it killed.  November 1, 2016

The rut is on! Found these 2 bucks really chasing does hard. October 31, 2016

I also got a couple little birds in my driveway.
Black-capped Chickadee-October 17, 2016

Ruby-crowned Kinglet-October 17, 2016

I saw the Merlin again in the same spot a couple days later, this time in much better light.
Merlin-October 17, 2016

I was  very fortunate to see this awesome falcon right near my house in Andover.
Merlin-October 12, 2016

I came across a mother bear with 4 cubs this day. Unfortunately she was photo shy but I managed one shot of a single cub.
October  7, 2016

This was a huge surprise in my yard. 
Shadow Darner-September 23, 2016

I have a bunch of trail cam pictures of this buck. I was fortunate enough to see him in daylight the other day.
September 23, 2016

Sorry it's been a while since the last update. It's been really tough finding any nice bucks. 
September 21, 2016

Got a couple more decent bucks recently. 

August 23, 2016

August 20, 2016

August 19, 2016

Finally found my first big buck of the year and he's a slammer! The biggest 8pt I've ever photographed. Plus there was another nice buck with him I got. August 10, 2016

Some butterflies have started showing up in my butterfly garden.
Monarch-August 4, 2016

Easter Tiger-Swallowtail-August 4, 2016

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth-August 4, 2016

Imperial Moth-August 2, 2016

Blue Dasher-August 1, 2016

Laurel Sphinx Moth-July 31, 2016

Well I made another trip down to Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in south jersey and got a few good shots. August 3, 2016
Great Blue Heron


Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Black Skimmer

Forsters Tern

Double-crested Cormorants

Seaside Dragonlets

I headed to Lake Oquitunk in Stokes State Forest to look for dragonflies and it turned out pretty good.

Widow Skimmer-July 21, 2016

Eastern Amberwing-July 21, 2016

Violet Dancers mating-July 21, 2016

Banded Pennant-July 20, 2016

Halloween Pennant-July 20, 2016

Violet Dancer-July 20, 2016

Halloween Pennants mating-July 20, 2016

Female Halloween Pennant-July 18, 2016

Halloween Pennant-July 13, 2016

Turqouise Bluett with Eastern Amberwing-July 13, 2016

Emerald Spreadwing-July 13, 2016

Slaty Skimmer-July 13, 2016

Eastern Amberwing-July 11, 2016

Banded Pennant-July 11, 2016

Halloween Pennants mating-July 11, 2016

Halloween Pennant-July 7, 2016

Halloween Pennant Female-July 7, 2016

Halloween Pennant-July 7, 2016

Had a chance to head up to Thunder Mountain again for more dragonflies. June 30, 2016 
Blue Dasher

Widow Skimmer

Slaty Skimmer

Halloween Pennant

Eastern Kingbird

12 Spotted Skimmer

Spangled Skimmer

Eastern Pondhawk

Well I finally made it to the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in south jersey and wasn't disappointed! June 15, 2016

Black-crowned Night Heron

Blue Grosbeak

Red Winged Blackbird

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Diamondback Terrapins

I found this Brown Thrasher still roaming my backyard.
Brown Thrasher-June 12, 2016

Brown Thrasher-June 11, 2016

When I was coming home I spotted this small fox on the side of the road.
Red Fox-June 10, 2016

Even more Yellow Warblers from Thunder Mountain Rd.
Yellow Warbler-June 10, 2016

Yellow Warbler-June 9, 2016

Thunder Mountain is a good spot for warblers.
Yellow Warbler-June 6, 2016

Blue-winged Warbler-June 6, 2016

Female Hooded Merganser-June 6, 2016

I got extremely lucky when I came upon this Eastern Box Turtle in the road. Only the 4th I've ever seen. June 6, 2016

Got this House Wren in my yard. June 5, 2016

Back at Thunder Mountain for even more dragonflies. June 2, 2016
Widow Skimmer

Chalk-fronted Corporal

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Calico Pennant

Went to my favorite warbler spot in Stokes State Forest and got this Magnolia Warbler. 
June 2, 2016

June 1, 2016

At Thunder Mountain there were many Dragonflies out over these two days.
Dot-tailed Whiteface-May 30

Female Common Whitetail

Northern Water Snake

Great Blue Heron

Song Sparrow

Bull Frog

Common Whitetail-May 26, 2016

Chalk-fronted Corporal-May 26, 2016

Dot-tailed Whiteface-May 26, 2016

Went up Sunrise Mountain and got a few Prairie Warblers. May 26, 2016

Indigo Bunting-May 26, 2016

Took a few trips up to Thunder Mountain and got some good stuff.

Chalk-fronted Corporal-May 25, 2016

Baby geese-May 25, 2016

Indigo Bunting-May 24, 2016

Northern Flicker-May 24, 2016

Female Hooded Warbler-May 24, 2016

Common Yellowthroat-May 24, 2016

Female Redwing Blackbird-May 21, 2016

Cedar Waxwings-May 21, 2016

Eastern Kingbird-May 21, 2016

I was in Stokes State Forest the other day when I got this Blackburnian Warbler. May 19, 2016

I got really lucky when I spotted this Baltimore Oriole nest. May 17, 2016

I went back to Thunder Mountain and got a couple nice Yellow Warbler shots.
May 18, 2016

Eastern Kingbird-May 18. 2016

May 17, 2016

I was in my room when I looked out the window and saw this Brown Thrasher on my turtle pond. I grabbed my camera and got outside to get some shots.
May 16, 2016

I was in Montague the other day where I got a couple of warblers.
Golden-winged Warbler-May 15, 2016 My second ever.

Chestnut-sided Warbler-May 15, 2016

This time I was in Stokes State forest where I came across this Hairy Woodpecker May 11, 2016

Went up Sunrise Mountain Rd and found this Eastern Towhee. May 10, 2016
Eastern Towhee

Well the bears came back the other day. Luckily I was downstairs and had my camera ready.
May 10, 2016

When I came home there were 3 bears in my yard.
Black Bear-May 5, 2016

Went to Thunder Mountain the other day to see how it was and was glad I did!
Green Heron-May 5, 2016

Belted Kingfisher-May 5, 2016

I got up to Old Mine Rd the other day to check for warblers and wasn't disappointed.
Prairie Warbler-April 28, 2016

Blue-winged Warbler-April 28, 2016

Black & White Warbler-April 28, 2016

Northern Parula-April 27, 2016

Prairie Warbler-April 27, 2016

Got this Blue Jay outback as well.

Blue Jay-April 26, 2016

While outside by my turtle pond I heard the tell tale song of an Eastern Towhee. It wasn't long til I located him.

Eastern Towhee-April 25, 2016

Northern Cardinal-April 25, 2016

I got back to the Hainsville WMA the other day and got some good shots.

Palm Warbler-April 16, 2016

Song Sparrow-April 16, 2016

Wood Duck-April 16, 2016

Eastern Bluebird -April 14, 2016

Palm Warbler-April 14, 2016

Osprey-April 14, 2016

Red-tailed Hawk-April 14, 2016

Ring-necked Ducks-April 14, 2016

Bufflehead at Culver Lake-April 12, 2016

I know it's been a while but I finally got out of the house the other day.
 Found this immature Bald Eagle at Thunder Mountain the other day. Watched it grab 2 painted turtles in a span of twenty minutes. Pretty cool. 

Bald Eagle-March 31, 2016

Hainsville WMA-March 1, 2016
Mute Swan

For a year I had been spotting this Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk on a road in Lafayette but always far away. Well I lucked out and finally caught him close to the road!
Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk-January 28, 2016

Eastern Screech Owl-January 28, 2016

Was at Liberty Marsh a couple days and got some good shots. Here are a few.
Immature Red-tailed Hawk-January 28, 2016

American Goldfinch-January 28, 2016

American Tree Sparrow-January 28, 2016

Northern Harrier-January 27, 2016

On my way home from the eagles I spotted this Red-shouldered Hawk on the side of the road. Lucky for me he let me take a few pics before flying off. January 19, 2016

Finally got up to the reservoir to look for eagles and wasn't disappointed. January 19, 2016

Here are my first Winter raptors of the season. 
Rough-legged Hawk (Light morph) December 10, 2015

Northern Harrier

Got  some more nice bucks recently.
November 20, 2015

November 15, 2015

November 13, 2015

November 11, 2015

November 6, 2015

November 3, 2015

November 1, 2015

October 29, 2015

Making a scrape

October 26, 2015

October 22, 2015

Lip curling

October 19, 2016

More Autumn Meadowhawks. September 6, 2015

Got these Autumn Meadowhawk Dragonflies at my house. September 2, 2015



Been seeing some nice bucks recently.
August 28, 2015

August 26, 2015

August 24, 2015

Saw this big bear in Lafayette following another smaller bear. August 24, 2015

Got lucky and saw this Giant Swallowtail on my butterfly bush. August 15, 2015

While driving in Paulinskill I came upon this fox with the mange which is fatal. August 8, 2015

Was lucky enough to find these nice bucks out in full velvet. August 1, 2015

Went back to find the coyote pups and was pleasantly surprised to find them playing in the fields again. July 24, 2015

Also ran into these coyote pups in Andover the other night. July 22, 2015

Got even more dragonflies the other day at Thunder Mountain. July 22, 2014
Common Green Darner in Flight

Halloween Pennant

Blue Dasher

Got some more dragonflies at lake Oquitunk. July 21, 2015
Banded Pennant

Female Eastern Pondhawk

Halloween Pennant

Slaty Skimmer

Scarlet Tanager in my backyard waterfall. July 11, 2014

The Red-shouldered Hawks have all fledged the nest! July 10, 2015

Some more dragonflies from Thunder Mountain. July 10, 2015
Halloween Pennant

Calico Pennant

Common Green Darner

Got a couple new dragonfly species for me at Lake Ocquitunk. July 6, 2015
Calico Pennant

Banded Pennant

Widow Skimmer

Slaty Skimmer

Update on the Red-shouldered Hawk nest. Chicks are getting much bigger. July 2, 2015

Got out to shoot a few Dragonflies the other day in Jefferson. June 22, 2015
Slaty Skimmer

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Had a chance to visit the Red-shouldered Hawk nest to check on the babies that are growing fast. June 19, 2015

Finally made my first trip down to the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in south jersey for 2015. I wasn't disappointed. June 8, 2015

Black Skimmers

Osprey with a fish.

Osprey in the grass.

Glossy Ibis

Great Egret

Laughing Gull

Forsters Tern

Purple Martin

Eastern Mud Turtle

Red-shouldered Hawk in nest with babies. June 5, 2015

Whitetail fawn at Crater Lake. June 5, 2015

Red-bellied Woodpecker in DWGNRA. June 5, 2015

Great-crested Flycatcher in my backyard. May 31, 2015

Indigo Bunting along Old Mine Road in DWGNRA. May 29, 2015

Another Black & White Warbler in DWGNRA. May 27, 2015

Common Grackle in DWGNRA. May 27, 2015

Black & White Warbler in Walpack area of DWGNRA. May 22, 2015

Chippping Sparrow in Stokes State Forest. May 22, 2015

Baltimore Oriole in DWGNRA. May 21, 2015

Eastern Phoebe in DWGNRA. May 21, 2015

Indigo Bunting also in DWGNRA. May 21, 2015

Red-shouldered Hawk in the nest in DWGNRA. May 21, 2015

My first ever Blackburnian Warbler in Stokes State Forest! May 20, 2015

Blue-winged Warbler on Old Mine Road in DWGNRA. May 13, 2015

Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Watergate Recreational Site in DWGNRA. May 13, 2015

Black-throated Green Warbler again in Stokes State Forest. May 13, 2015

Black-throated Green warbler in Stokes State Forest. May 7, 2015

Veery in Stokes State Forest. May 7, 2013

Black Bear sow I saw in Walpack area of DWGNRA. May 4. 2015

American Redstart in Walpack. May 4, 2015

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher in DWGNRA. April 29, 2015

Beaver eating tree buds. April 29, 2015

Green Heron in Pauilinskill WMA. April 28, 2015

Brown Thrasher in Tillmans Ravine area of Stokes State Forest. April 16, 2015

Wood Duck at Thunder Mountain. April 16, 2015

Pileated Woodpecker handiwork at big Flatbrook in Walpack. March 30, 2015

Great Blue Herons on the Paulinskill River. March 30, 2015

American Coot in Lafayette. March 30, 2015

Ring-necked Duck at Hillside Park in Andover. March 30, 2015

American Coot & American Kestrel in Lafayette. March 29, 2015

Some more recent raptor activity and also some backyard shots. It's been FREEZING the last week so I'm trying to get some good shots when I can from my yard.

Red-tailed Hawk-February 5, 2015

Northern Harrier-February 5, 2015

Grey Ghost-February 5, 2015

Red-bellied Woodpecker-February 2, 2015

Downy Woodpecker-February 2, 2015

White-throated Sparrow-February 2, 2015

Blue Jay-February 2, 2015

Dark-eyed Junco-January 28, 2015

Finally we got some snow and the Short-eared Owls came out early. There were 3 hanging on the ground until a Harrier came and spooked them up. Luckily they came kinda close before going back down.
January 28, 2015

Finally just before dark they got up in the last bit of sunlight.

Plus a Red-tailed Hawk kept flying by a little far away.

With my health being so bad I haven't been out much but did get out the other day and saw this Grey Ghost.
January 23, 2015

I ended up getting really lucky by sitting down to eat some yogurt when this Red-bellied Woodpecker landed at my set up. 

January 16, 2015

Downy Woodpecker

Got this Light-morph Rough-legged Hawk on January 13, 2015.

Got some more raptors as it's getting really cold. Had to tough out 19degree weather with 30mph windgusts but it was well worth my hand freezing off!

Grey Ghost-January 5, 2015

Female Harriers-January 5, 2015

First trip out of the new year and saw a bunch of Rough-legged Hawks. Only got pics of this dark morph though. On the bright side I did see my first Short-eared Owl being attacked by a couple roughies. Just to far for shots.

Rough-legged Hawk(Dark Morph) January 2, 2015

Well 2014 has come and gone. Hard to imagine but it was a good year as I was able to photograph 96 different bird species only in NJ & NY. Got a handful of new species for me which was exciting. But now we're on to 2015. Hope it's as good or better!

Went out to look for some raptor activity and saw just a few harriers. But this Grey Ghost gave me a close fly by. December 11, 2014

Well I was driving down the road one day when I came to a field with a few pheasants in it. I pulled over and got a few shots.
Ring-necked Pheasant-December 5, 2014

Not much going on except around my house. Here are a few of my backyard visitors.
White-breasted Nuthatch-November 21 & 27, 2014

Dark-eyed Junco-November 27, 2014

Female Northern Cardinal-November 29, 2014

Saw my first Fox Sparrow of the year in my yard. November 18, 2014

Some more Northern Harriers.

These were taken withe Canons new 7D MarkII camera. Pretty pleased with the results. November 12, 2014

 November 3, 2014

With the rut now in full swing the big bucks are really starting to show up! This has been the best rut I've seen in a long time!

Saw this 7pt with a messed up eye probably injured in a fight with another buck. November 16, 2014

Finally caught up with this buck I hadn't seen in 3 months. November 12, 2014

Sometimes you get really lucky on a nice cold morning and catch a couple big ones after a hot doe! November 10, 2014

Whenever you see a rub this size you know there's a big buck around! November 9, 2014

Sometimes they are laying right next to the rub itself! November 9, 2014

Only the third drop tine buck I've ever seen in NJ. November 3, 2014

Big 10pt on Halloween looking for does. October 31, 2014

Lip Curling

Another 8pt lip curling in same field.

A buck I named "Goal Post". October 27, 2014

Another couple nice bucks a month or so before the rut. September 25, 2014

Was looking in the old duck box for screech owls and finally saw one. This year it's a grey version. October 31, 2014
Eastern Screech Owl

Got a chance to look for harriers finally and saw a few which looks good for this season. October 27, 2014

White-breasted Nuthatch out back. October 24, 2014

Fall is moving fast and the birds are really moving. Here are a few I've seen in my yard.
Blue Jay-October 18, 2014

Tufted Titmouse-October 18, 2014

White-breasted Nuthatch-October 17, 2014

Golden-crowned Kinglet-October 15, 2014

Ruby-crowned Kinglet-October 15, 2014

I was in my driveway when I saw a lot of birds milling thru the woods. I got my camera and saw a Magnolia Warbler and a bunch of Ruby & Golden-crowned Kinglets but was only able to get a decent photo of this Ruby-crowned. October 10, 2014

Got lucky sitting at the kitchen table when this Blue Jay landed on my driftwood perch.  October 3, 2014

I got this really cool moth on the back of my house one morning. I came in and looked it up and it is a Darling Underwing Moth. October 2, 2014

A couple more Monarch shots from last week in my yard
Monarch in backyard. September 20, 2014

This was a great find on the back on my house. My friend told me it's a White Underwing Moth. September 19, 2014

Well I made my first Fall trip down to the Edwin B. Forsythe Reserve in south Jersey on Sepyember 18th. It turned out to be a good trip getting my first ever Tri-Colored Heron!

Tri-Colored Heron-September 18, 2014

Tri-colored Heron with Snowy Egret. September 18, 2014

Glossy Ibis with a fly over. September 18, 2014

Black-crowned Night Heron in the trees. September 18, 2014

Immature Black-crowned Night Heron.

A few different Great Blue Herons from my day. September 18, 2014

Double-crested Cormorant on a wood structure. September 18, 2014

Great Egret in the marsh & trees. September 18, 2014

Another one flying alongside my car. 

Snowy Egret coming in for landing. September 18, 2014

Another Snowy Egret in full flight.

I believe this is an immature Forster's Tern. September 18, 2014

One of the last Ospreys hanging around. September 18, 2014

Common Grackle-September 18, 2014

Peregrine Falcon sitting in a tree. September 18, 2014

Also saw a few warblers while there.
Immature Bay-breasted Warbler? September 18, 2014

Yellow Warbler

Immature Indigo Bunting

Carolina Wren

A couple butterflies stopped by in the last couple weeks.

Painted Lady-September 9, 2014

Monarch-September 5, 2014

Female Band-winged Meadowhawk?-September 5, 2014

My friend found this Eastern Box Turtle the other day by my house. It's not everyday you see one of these. September 3, 2014

Couldn't believe it as one evening I was in the driveway cleaning my car when I heard 2 Barred Owls calling way down the road. I played my call a couple times thru my car and 5 minutes later 4 showed up! 2 were across the street on the opposite ridge and 2 were next to my driveway. It was getting dark and they were high up but at least I managed a couple half decent shots before they left. Pretty awesome as I never thought I'd get an owl picture from my driveway!
Barred Owl-August 30, 2014

Really nice 10pt I saw in Newton. August 24, 2014

Saw a nice little 8pt the other day. August 17, 2014

Got my first monarch of the year outback. There really seems to be a big decline in them this year. August 16, 2014