These pictures were taken near my home, where birds such as osprey, snowy egretts and great blue heron are free to fly and live in peace.
Nests are set in far in the marsh where they cannot be destroyed by human hands.
These birds are truly just beautiful. The rawness and perfection of nature never ceases to amaze me.
I recommend seizing any and every opportunity to bird watch, particularly along the Jersey Shore.
To learn more about local birds and bird watching, visit the Monmouth County Audubon Society Web site. Look specifically for bird walks through Sandy Hook.
Visit the National Audubon Society for even more information.
PHOTOS: (1) An osprey landing in its nest. (2) The snowy egrett eagerly searches for lunch. (3) The great blue heron rests before flight. (Melissa L. Gaffney)