Living in the South Jersey area a favorite stop of mine is the Edwin B. Forsythe wildlife refuge. The migration of different birds during each season makes it a great stop to capture wildlife all year long. I have made numerous visits to this park over the past few years.
Located across from Atlantic City and Brigantine on the mainland a couple miles south of Smithville Village on RT 9, the refuge is great a place to visit even if you don't want to photograph the wildlife but simply watch the birds and enjoy nature. The 8 mile road that loops thru the refuge make it easy to view the wildlife by just looking out the window of you car. There are also several nature trails to hike various parts of the refuge.
Most of the bird photos taken in this gallery were done so by simply driving on the road that loops thru the refuge and shooting them out the window of my Jeep. I used a Pentax K10D with a DA55-300 ED lens. I also occasionally used a 1.5x Kenko teleconverter. All the shots were hand held while setting the camera to the shutter priority mode. The camera I use has image stabilization built directly in to the camera body making it much easier to hand hold, especially with the long lens and teleconverter connected to it.
If you live in vicinity, or even not, and you are searching for a spot to get some nice wildlife shots with that new 300mm zoom lens you just purchased, this park is a most enjoyable spot. Whether you are a beginner or the experienced photographer the refuge offers some interesting possibilities, so if you get the chance you might want to check it out.
If you hang around long enough, not only can you capture some interesting wildlife images but on most evening you will be treated to some very impressive sunset images.
View of Atlantic City from Wildlife Drive, which loops around the refuge.
Birds are not the only residents of this park.
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