Fun Friday: Hangin’




While in Everglades NP this winter, I came across this Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus), hanging upside-down from a tree along the Anhinga Trail, just hanging out: Sex of this bird can be determined by it’s midcrown color … males have a red midcrown, while the female has a tan midcrown. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D […]

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Whoa, Watch Your Step!




While in Florida, we had a unique opportunity to attend a “Raptorfest” at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, a local nature preserve in St. Petersburg. It was a wonderful experience to see some awesome raptors, up close and personal, as well as some flight demonstrations. I was especially awed in watching a Peregrine Falcon speed demonstration […]

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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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Skim Just a Little Off the Top, Please




As a followup to yesterday’s post on the Black Skimmer (Rhynchops niger), today’s post features their best-known behavior, skimming across the water. In this first photo, a black skimmer is returning to the beach at St. Petersburg. Note the long size of the lower mandible, while the upper mandible is much shorter: This gives them […]

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Black Skimmers




While photographing in Florida this past winter, our good friends Tom and Lindsay gave us a grand tour around the St. Petersburg area (Thanks again, Tom & Lindsay!). They both are avid, and very good birders, so we were treated to some wonderful birds that us hillbillies don’t see back home in Missouri! I especially […]

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Has the Hurdle Been Cleared?




Today is the first official day of spring. Day by day, spring seems to be transitioning into Missouri … and not a day too early! A few days ago, I featured some photos of a male Red-winged Blackbird singing along the boardwalk at Green Cay Wetlands, Florida. Just yesterday, I was working out on the […]

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The “Rainbow Bird”




Today’s post features the Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus). Walking among the water pools at Green Cay Wetlands, I found several of these birds busy foraging among the shallows: The last image shows the wonderful glossy irridescent bronze-green coloration of this bird, giving it it’s name. In the sun, it looks like a “rainbow bird”. Photography […]

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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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Sure Sign of Spring




One of the sure signs of spring is the male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus), perched and singing. Lately, my covered front porch has been taken over by a large group of red-winged blackbirds, feeding from my sunflower bird feeders. The photographs below were taken while I was photographing at Green Cay Wetlands in Florida, but […]

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Fun Friday: Don’t Ya Just Hate It Whenever …




… ya get a stick caught in the shrub! Today’s post features a pair of Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) nesting at the Venice Rookery (Venice, Florida). While one bird stayed at the nest in-process, the other would fly out, find a suitable stick, return to the nest, and either present it to his/her partner or […]

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