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America’s Most Beautiful Duck: Harlequin Ducks and Sea Ducks at Barnegat LightHouse, New Jersey

Spend a day photographing the Beautiful Harlequin Duck and other Wildlife with Sean Quintillian!

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For many people, the wood duck is considered quite beautiful, but once you see and photograph the Harlequin duck, your opinion may change!

Spend a day along the Jersey Shore, photographing harlequins and other waterfowl with photographer and instructor Sean Quintilian. The fast tidal currents and rocky jetty at Barnegat LightHouse attract common eiders, Atlantic brant, long-tailed ducks, common and red-throated loons. There is a good chance to photograph snow buntings and harbor or gray seals. Instructor Sean Quintilian will keep up to date on any other interesting bird sightings in the area, so hopefully we may get a few bonus birds. There is a snowy owl wintering on the beach near our location, so the morning will be spent searching for the owl. Sean will have a 4WD beach pass for his vehicle and can’t make a guarantee we will see the owl, but he will work hard to do so!

This will be a long day, shooting outside in the winter. Appropriate clothing is a must, especially good gloves and warm footwear. We will take breaks for lunch and coffee and vehicles will always be close by if you need to warm up.

A long telephoto is a must for this trip, with 500mm being a good length. A sturdy tripod with adjustable legs will be very helpful along the jetty. Contact Sean with any questions at

Participants can make their own arrangements to spend the night near the location and Sean will let you know when to meet up. You can also meet in Maryland at the Park and ride just off I-95 (exit 89) near Havre de Grace to car-pool up, Sean can fit 5 in his Yukon.