Wildlife

Wildlife at the Garden: Sunning

Posted in Wildlife on June 14th, 2017 by Patricia Gonzalez – Be the first to comment

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


Photo of a mourning dove

A mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) at the Reflecting Pool – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Wildlife in the Garden: Spa Day

Posted in Wildlife on May 24th, 2017 by Patricia Gonzalez – 2 Comments

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


Photo of frog

A bullfrog at Twin Lakes – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Wildlife at the Garden: Sun-Soaked

Posted in Wildlife on May 17th, 2017 by Patricia Gonzalez – Be the first to comment

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


Photo of an Italian wall lizard

An Italian wall lizard (Podarcis sicula) in the Native Plant Garden – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Wildlife Photographer’s Notebook: A Tale of Two Owlets

Posted in Wildlife on May 4th, 2017 by Patricia Gonzalez – 3 Comments

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


Photo of a Great Horned Owl

The owlets’ father watches from his nearby roost.

Some of my favorite photographic subjects here at the Botanical Garden are its resident Great Horned Owls. Since 2009, I’ve had the pleasure of photographing and filming five of their nest sites. Sadly, 2014 was the last year that there were hatchlings here. That’s why this year’s brood was so special. But 2017 saw no ordinary owl nest. This is a tale of epic proportions!

Back in 2009, a pair of Red-tailed Hawks decided to build their nest inside the upper right pediment of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building. Rose and Hawkeye (the Red-tails that year, who are sadly no longer with us) had three hatchlings that year. It was a big deal for both staff and visitors. Each year since, I’ve always crossed my fingers in the hopes that one day the nest would be used again by our local Red-tails.

And it was used again alright. But by a completely new set of tenants!
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Wildlife at the Garden: You Rang?

Posted in Wildlife on April 26th, 2017 by Patricia Gonzalez – Be the first to comment

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


Photo of a chipmunk

A chipmunk (Tamias striatus) by Twin Lakes – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Wildlife at the Garden: A Slew of Sliders

Posted in Wildlife on April 19th, 2017 by Patricia Gonzalez – 1 Comment

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


Red-eared Sliders

Red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) on Twin Lakes – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Wildlife at the Garden: Well-Groomed

Posted in Wildlife on April 5th, 2017 by Patricia Gonzalez – Be the first to comment

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


Photo of a wood duck

A wood duck drake (Aix sponsa) grooming himself on Twin Lakes – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Weekly Wildlife at the Garden: Paddling Along

Posted in Wildlife on March 15th, 2017 by Patricia Gonzalez – 1 Comment

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


Photo of a pair of hooded mergansers on the Bronx River

A pair of Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) on the Bronx River – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Weekly Wildlife at the Garden: After the Hunt

Posted in Wildlife on March 8th, 2017 by Patricia Gonzalez – 1 Comment

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


I was at the right time and the right place for this one. After snapping a number of photos, I noticed a trace of blood on the hawk’s feet, which would explain why it sat for so long. After successfully capturing prey, hawks often rest on a perch, grooming themselves and sometimes standing on one foot, as you can see here.

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) in the Thain Family Forest – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Weekly Wildlife in the Garden: Late for Thanksgiving

Posted in Wildlife on December 14th, 2016 by Patricia Gonzalez – Be the first to comment

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


Some of my best wildlife sightings at the Garden this year have been right before I check in for work. Earlier this week, I saw a wild turkey just outside our offices at the Visitor Center. She was standing on one of the planters, looking right at me!

Wild turkeys are a common sight at the Garden and other green spots during the winter. The framing could not have been better! She soon jumped down and walked on the lawn—one more for the books.

Wild turkey

A wild turkey at the Visitor Center – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez