Fun Fri: Ready or Not, Here I Am




Today’s Fun Friday post comes from the Venice Rookery (Florida), where I captured this beautiful male (in fantastic breeding plumage) calling out loudly as he approaches the rookery nesting site: Coming up: more Florida travel images and some woodland wildflowers. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark II body Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens Bogen 3021 […]

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A Regal Bird




Following up to yesterday’s post on the regal Great Egrets carrying nesting materials back to their nest in the Venice Rookery, today’s post features some of the birds returning to the rookery without nest materials. I love photographing these white beauties, especially in their colorful and frilly breeding plumage: Coming up … more images from […]

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Home Construction




When I visited the Venice Rookery (Florida) this past February, there was tons of activity by the Great Egrets. Besides the one pair of egrets that were being incubated (in last Friday’s post), all of the other egrets were busy attracting mates or collecting sticks and building their nests. Here are a few of my […]

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Fun Friday: Eggs-cuse Me …




… but please watch your step! This image was captured during my 2-day photo outings to the Venice Rookery, in Venice, Florida. Most of the Great Egrets were busy building nests (will be covered in another post) and a couple of pair even mating. But this was the only nest that was busy with parents […]

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Fun Friday: Family Dispute




Today’s Fun Friday post comes from the Venice Rookery (Florida) and features a pair of juvenile Anhingas having a sibling dispute in their nest at the rookery. While most of the birds at the rookery were busy building their nests, and a few even involved in mating, the Anhingas, along with the Great Blue Herons, […]

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Black-crowned Night Herons Nesting




In this second post of Black-crowned Night Herons at the Venice bird rookery (Venice, Florida), I’m featuring some images I captured of the herons as they brought back twigs and small branches for their nests they were busy building. Unfortunately, their nests are typically deep in the thickets and not very visible. So I could […]

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Black-crowned Night Herons




When I recently traveled to Florida, one of my target birds for the trip was the Black-crowned Night Heron (BCNH). These herons are smaller herons and can be quite shy to photograph. But, like many birds in Florida, they are accustomed to humans and can be much easier to photograph. They seem to be more […]

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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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