Fun Friday: Don’t Step on That Gator!




Today’s Fun Friday post is two more photos taken at an alligator pool in Myakka River State Park, Florida. Among the seemingly endless number of alligators at this small water pool, birds were busy foraging among the gators as if they weren’t even there! Although today’s images seem to show a Great Egret stepping on/very […]

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Fun Friday: Where’s the Beef?




From a kayak outing at nearby Amarugia Highlands CA, in west-central Missouri. While kayaking in the early morning, I ran across this group of Cattle Egrets: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 1D Mark 3 body Canon EF 100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, with Canon 1.4x TC, shot at 460mm Handheld, with IS “On”, from a kayak ISO […]

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Fun Friday: Anybody There?




Wading birds, in particular the herons and egrets, can be comical to watch. As in the case with this Great Egret (Ardea alba), they will often cock their heads at an angle, conjuring up all sorts of possible captions! In reality, they are simply working at minimizing the glare from the water so that they […]

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A Little Snow on the Beach




While photographing birds on the beach at St. Petersburg, this Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) flew in and foraged along the edge of a little pool of water. As he approached us, I captured this image: Settling on the beach, this little beauty preened a bit and posed for us: As he walked over to a […]

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Snowy Egret




Today’s post features some Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula) I photographed while they foraged along the boardwalk at Green Cay Wetlands: This next egret has a fish in his beak: Identification of the snowy egret is primarily by the “golden slippers”, differentiating them from the great egret, which has black legs and feet. These birds tend […]

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Fun Friday: There Goes the Neighborhood!




Today’s “Fun Friday” post comes from the Venice bird rookery, located in the middle of Venice, Florida. As I photographed the nesting and roosting birds at the rookery, there constantly seemed to be some action going on at the far end of the island, so I picked up my equipment and moved down to see […]

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Where’s the Beef?




As this cute little Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) foraged along the Lee County Manatee Viewing Area, the old Wendy’s commercial of “Where’s the Beef?” kept running through my head! Then I thought to myself, “Well, he’s not far from where he should be … at least the sea cows (Manatees) are nearby!” As it’s name […]

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Reflection of Beauty




Reflections are always something I watch for when photographing nature. My recent visit to Myakka River State Park was no exception … and I had plenty of opportunities to photograph reflections, such as this Great Egret (Ardea alba), fishing in the Myakka River: The Great Egret is a beautiful bird. But catching one with it’s […]

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Fun Friday: Up to Your Armpits in Alligators?




Not really … Not unless you’ve been in this predicament: Birds at Myakka River State Park seemed to not be much afraid of the alligators, often sitting very close to them. I’m sure they were aware and “on guard”, but sure wasn’t obvious!  :o) Photo Equipment Used: Canon 7D body Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, […]

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Baja, and the “Drunken Sailor Bird”




Today’s post, the last from the beach area of the La Paz harbor, highlights one of my all-time favorite herons, the Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens). If the title of this post sounds a little strange, be aware that this bird is sometimes called “the drunken sailor bird” due to it’s rather unusual feeding habits. When […]

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