Wildlife

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

Weekly Wildlife at the Garden: Bluejay Days

Posted in Wildlife on November 30th, 2016 by Patricia Gonzalez – Be the first to comment

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


Bluejay

A bluejay (Cyanocitta cristata) in the Ross Conifer Arboretum – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Weekly Wildlife at the Garden: Hooter the Owl

Posted in Wildlife on November 9th, 2016 by Patricia Gonzalez – 1 Comment

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


Hooter the Owl

This past weekend, for the fourth consecutive year, The New York Botanical Garden had a live birds of prey demonstration as part of its ongoing Fall Forest Weekends programming. Returning for their second year was the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, a non-profit organization based in Long Island. In addition to 305 stunning acres of protected land, they also serve as a permanent home to wildlife that can no longer be released.

For this year’s presentation, they brought along a great-horned owl, two screech owls, a snowy owl, and a red-tailed hawk. Garden visitors were given a wonderful photo opportunity as the presenters walked through the aisles while explaining the stories of each bird of prey. During their talk they briefly touched on the fact that many resident and migrant raptors call NYBG their home. And just like last year, Hooter the great-horned owl stole the show!

Weekly Wildlife at the Garden: Snapping Up Some Sun

Posted in Wildlife on October 26th, 2016 by Patricia Gonzalez – 2 Comments

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


I was visiting the Garden on my day off and decided to check out the Native Plant Garden, which is now a major wildlife hotspot. I had just walked in when I noticed this large common snapping turtle getting a suntan. I wanted to move in closer and found a perfect spot. Unfortunately, the wind kept blowing the flowers between me and my new friend, making it very hard to keep him in focus.

I dared not move in any closer, which would have resulted in the snapper dropping into the water. I just kept on shooting for about two minutes until I got an opening. He was later joined by a red-eared slider. They were soon sharing the deck, making for a very interesting video.

Common snapping turtle

A common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) in the Native Plant Garden – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Weekly Wildlife at the Garden: Raptor in Profile

Posted in Wildlife on October 19th, 2016 by Patricia Gonzalez – 1 Comment

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


I was on my break and headed to the Watson Building when I spotted this young Red-tail just off the Rock Garden. It was very much on the hunt and scanning some nearby squirrels. It didn’t seem to mind my presence one bit, which made for a most excellent photo opportunity. You can see more in this video I shot of the encounter.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk near the Rock Garden – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Weekly Wildlife at the Garden: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Posted in Photography, Wildlife on September 21st, 2016 by Patricia Gonzalez – 1 Comment

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


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Native Plant Garden

An Eastern tiger swallowtail in the Native Plant Garden – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Weekly Wildlife at the Garden: Bumbling Along

Posted in Wildlife on July 29th, 2016 by Patricia Gonzalez – Be the first to comment

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


Bumblebee

A bumblebee enjoys a stop in a daylily along Daylily Walk – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Weekly Wildlife at the Garden: Peek-a-boo

Posted in Wildlife on July 13th, 2016 by Patricia Gonzalez – 2 Comments

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


Italian wall lizard

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

Weekly Wildlife at the Garden: Balancing Act

Posted in Wildlife on June 15th, 2016 by Patricia Gonzalez – 1 Comment

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


Drake Mallard

Mallard drake (Anas platyrhynchos) – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Weekly Wildlife at the Garden: A Dozen Ducklings

Posted in Wildlife on June 2nd, 2016 by Patricia Gonzalez – Be the first to comment

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


One of the great things about being on Garden staff is the opportunity, twice each year, to access the grounds when they are closed to the public—namely during our exhibition staff orientations. The first one happens before the summer exhibition (like Frida), and the second takes place ahead of the Holiday Train Show. I usually arrive about an hour and a half early so I can do some shooting.

We recently had our orientation for Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas. While walking along Magnolia Way, I spotted this mama Wood Duck. I noticed a few fuzzy heads peeking out as well. Soon, a few heads turned into 12 as they went for a swim! Never a dull day at NYBG.