Fun Friday: Better Keep Fishin’




Today’s “Fun Friday” post features a Great Blue Heron that flew from the rookery to the water’s edge, directly in front of me, to fish. Having my long (500mm) lens on, the heron came so close that I had to back away a couple of feet to even be able to photograph it. At first, […]

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Let the Games Begin




After leaving Myakka River State Park, I drove a short distance to my next destination, Venice, FL, where I would spend a couple of days at the great bird rookery there. The Venice Rookery is another favorite place to visit when I go to Florida. It consists of an island-like bunch of mangroves, with some […]

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Kayaking the Myakka, Part 3




In this final part of the “Kayaking the Myakka River” series, I’m featuring several species of wading birds that I captured while kayaking the Myakka River. These images show why I love taking the kayak out for some bird photography … you can get close, as well as down to “the birds’ level”. Enjoy these […]

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Fun Friday: Need A Ride? Call Uber!




Today’s “Fun Friday” post comes from my recent stay in Myakka River State Park. One day while photographing at the park’s bridge, I looked up and saw this adult Great Blue Heron with a catfish in it’s mouth: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark II body Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, at 400mm Handheld, with […]

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Kayaking the Myakka, Part 1




Today’s post is the first of several that feature some images I captured during my kayak adventure down the Myakka River, within Myakka River State Park (MRSP), Florida. I’ve photographed at MRSP during several trips to Florida, and have always dreamed about kayaking up the river into the areas where humans don’t normally travel … […]

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Fun Friday: The Standoff




In today’s “Fun Friday” post, I’m featuring a pretty common sight. It seems that birds, typically vultures and some wading birds, like to come in close to where alligators are sunning and engage in a “stare-down” with each other. So far, I’ve not seen an alligator take one of these birds, but I’m sure it […]

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Myakka’s Sandhill Cranes




Myakka River typically has Sandhill Cranes that forage and roost within the park. From the Myakka River bridge, a single crane flew in one morning, just before sunrise, to forage along the river. This post features a few of my favorite images of this bird as it foraged near the river: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon […]

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Black Vultures




One of the most common birds found in Myakka River State Park is the Black Vulture. Usually in groups, they are very interesting and curious birds. As I visited Deep Hole to photograph the gators, the vultures became interested in me and one-by-one, they began to fly across Deep Hole, near where I was located. […]

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Holy Cow!




… Sea cow, that is. In my recent absence from publishing nature blog posts, I have been taking a restful “vacation”, traveling around Florida and photographing some of my favorite wading birds, marine mammals and reptiles/amphibians. Now that I’m back home (and in the process of downloading thousands of new images), my first post features […]

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Another Owl Prowl, Part 2




Today’s post features a few more short-eared owl images I captured last week. Here are a few of my favorites: In an upcoming post, I’ll feature some images of these owls actively hunting, as they intently stare and dive into the tall grasses for their prey. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark 2 body Canon […]

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