Fun Friday: Me, and My Shadow




Today’s Fun Friday post comes from 2014, while photographing in the beautiful Myakka River at Myakka River State Park in Florida. This image was captured late in the afternoon, as sunset was starting to occur. I love photographing the critters on the Myakka River at sunrise and sunset … the river takes on the beautiful […]

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Fun Friday: Birds At Rest




Today’s fun foto is from my winter trip to Florida. While photographing birds at the beach in St. Petersburg, many of the Black Skimmers (Rhynchops niger) dropped to the ground and sprawled out on the sand, making for a comical sight: I’d never seen this behavior in the birds before. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 1D […]

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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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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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