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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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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Beware, Mother’s Nearby!




This is always an interesting sight … baby alligators! But beware … where the babies are, momma is! Here is a closeup of a couple of her babies: And right behind them, is mom, mostly submerged: Finding baby alligators is always a potentially dangerous situation, as momma gator is always nearby. In this instance, danger […]

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