|Keyport Waterfront Park and Promenade
in New Jersey
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Many brants (geese, 黑雁) were flying in when I was on the Promenade of Keyport Waterfront Park in New
Jersey enjoying bird watching on Keyport Harbor and on Raritan Bay on the afternoon of April 6, 2013 at the
tail end of the stretched winter.
The group of many brants settled down on the water near the Promenade of Keyport Waterfront Park.
The length of the Promenade at the Keyport Waterfront Park is 1,450 feet. The eastern end of the Promenade
with a public parking lot is at the junction of American Legion Drive and Broad Street in Keyport. The Grand
Opening Celebration of Keyport Waterfront Park and Promenade took place on May 22, 2010 and it is
relatively new to me.
Keyport’s waterfront promenade is a great place to fish, stroll, watch birds or just enjoy the stunning views of
Raritan Bay including the Manhattan skyline and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to the east and rich marshlands to
One of several mergansers (秋沙鴨) seen from the Promenade on April 6, 2013.
Several gannets (塘鵝) were flying over the Raritan Bay as seen from Keyport Waterfront Park on April 6
and 7, 2013.
One of several splashes seen from Keyport Waterfront Park when gannets dive from mid-air down into the
water to catch fish on April 6 and 7, 2013.
This gannet pull in the wings, probably was preparing to dive down into the water to catch fish as seen from
Keyport Waterfront Park on April 7, 2013.
One of several buffleheads seen on April 6, 2013 from Keyport Waterfront Park.
Many gulls (鷗) at Keyport Waterfront Park.
Merganser and bufflehead dive into water frequently to eat something.
One of the public parking lots at the junction of American Legion Drive and W Front Street on the west end of
the Promenade of Keyport Waterfront Park. There are more parking lots further east near the Promenade.
The Keyport Fishery located at 150 W Front St, Keyport, NJ 07735. It is near the parking lot across the W.
Front Street. Many visitors of Keyport Waterfront Park buy cooked seafood for take out from this Keyport
Fishery. It is fried and pretty tasty seafood for take out, but not a sit-down restaurant.
Many visitors park their cars at the waterfront of the parking lot and sit inside their cars in the winter to enjoy
the delicious seafood from Keyport Fishery and the fantastic panoramic view over the Raritan Bay including
the Manhattan Skyline and the majestic Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The delicious smell of cooked seafood
and French Fry also attract many gulls to "swarm" around these cars at waterfront.
However, on the hot day of April 9, 2013 with air temperature of 83 degree Fahrenheit, I did not see any
gannet, merganser, bufflehead or other winter birds and ducks from Keyport Waterfront Park. In the spring
season, those gannets and winter ducks are on their migration north to their summer breeding ground in
eastern Canada. I was lucky to see those gannets, mergansers, buffleheads at Keyport on April 6 and 7,
2013. But by April 9, 2013, the weather was too hot and those winter birds and ducks had migrated north
Next winter, I will come here again to enjoy watching more activities of many kinds of winter seabirds and
After diving from mid-air down into water to catch fish, a gannet re-emerged to the water surface on Raritan
Bay as seen from Keyport Waterfront Park by using my compact super-zoom camera with 50X optical zoom.
The delicious smell of cooked seafood and French Fry drives many gulls crazy into doing all kinds of fancy
aerial maneuvering and postures competing to try to get the delicious food.
An egret (白鷺) in flight seen at Keyport Waterfront Park on April 6, 2013.
Two of the grebes (鸊鷉) at Keyport Waterfront Park on April 6, 2013.
Two grackles at Keyport Waterfront Park on April 6, 2013.
Another large group of many Brant at far (northwest) side of Keyport Harbor near the shoreline of Aberdeen.
This may be called a "raft" of Brant. In winter season, we often see huge and very long rafts of seabirds
floating on the ocean in Raritan Bay, Lower New York Harbor, Sandy Hook Bay, and near Edwin B.
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.
May be female grackle.
A pair of mallards (綠頭鴨) seen at Keyport Waterfront Park on April 6, 2013.
A flock of black birds in flight at Keyport Waterfront Park.
彎月形沙灘的海濱， 構成一幅美麗的海岸風情畫， 在這裡可以坐看夕陽西下， 沐浴在
Beautiful half-moon shaped bay as viewed from the beach next to the Pews Creek Inlet Channel of
Monmouth Cove Marina at the west end of Bayshore Waterfront Park at Port Monmouth at sunset time.
By the time I arrived at the Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth in New Jersey on April 6, 2013, it
was about sunset time.
Two of several cormorants (鸕鶿) at Keyport Waterfront Park.
A tern (燕鷗) at Keyport Waterfront Park.
Union Beach Waterfront with A HALF-MILE-LONG, 12-foot-wide promenade of pink and gray concrete along
Front Street overlooking Lower Manhattan and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
After touring Keyport Waterfront Park on the afternoon of April 6, 2013, I drove east to explore the shore line
and other waterfront parks in Union Beach, Keansburg and Port Monmouth.
The Pier at Union Beach Waterfront Park. It looks nice and I may come again with more time for bird
The nice cement Walkway with silver double railing on the top of Cliffwood Beach Seawall protecting the
shoreline of Aberdeen/Cliffwood Beach on the Raritan Bay. Some people are fishing from this Seawall
Walkway which is about one mile long. It also has fantastic panoramic view over the Raritan Bay.
After touring the Keyport Waterfront Park on the afternoon of April 7, 2013, I dove west to explore the shore
line and other waterfront parks along Raritan Bay in Aberdeen Cliffwood Beach area in late afternoon.
When I was walking on this Seawall Walkway on late afternoon of April 7, 2013, I saw some gannets flying on
the Rarity Bay and sometimes dive from mid-air down into the water. It looks like a good place for bird
watching too in addition to fishing. One of the access points to this Seawall Walkway is near the junction of
Beach Dr and S. Concourse St. in Aberdeen, New Jersey.
This Seawall Walkway at west end is the sandy beach of Cliffwood Beach Park.
Map: Click here for interactive Google Map showing location of Cliffwood Beach Seawall Path
Going further west along Raritan Bay are beautiful Old Bridge Waterfront Park and Raritan Bay Waterfront
Park as described on my web page at:
There are several benches along the Promenade and in the open air pavilion where visitors can bring the take
out seafood from Keyport Fishery and sit down to enjoy the seafood and the charming waterfront views.
The Fishing Pier also has a long bench for visitors to sit down to enjoy the take out seafood from Keyport
Fishery and watching fishing people and many birds in action.
There are also several picnic tables and benches near the Promenade for visitors to sit down to enjoy take out
seafood and watching the waterfront views and many people and birds in action. This picture also shows
additional parking lots near the Promenade.