This weekend I made my annual trip to Barnegat Light, NJ to see some of the most beautiful ducks in the world who spend the winter months along this jetty. Barnegat Light is located at the northern tip of Long Beach Island, which is just south of where superstorm Sandy made landfall last October.

The prize for taking the long walk on this rock jetty, in 35 mph winds, with waves crashing across the rocks (making the rocks slippery and me quite wet in very chilly weather), with sand and salt spray stinging my face, and knowing that I would have to make the long walk back again, for me is the Harlequin Ducks.

I had heard from a friend that Razorbills had been spotted at the Manasquan Inlet the day before, so we left Barnegat, and travelled around to the next barrier island north along the Jersey Coast. I wanted to visit Island Beach State Park on the southern tip of Barnegat Penninsula, and then travel up to the northern tip to see the Razorbills at Manasquan Inlet.

What didn’t occur to me as we attempted to make this drive, is that this barrier island was where superstorm Sandy made landfall, and I was not prepared for the devastation I was going to see here.

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