Communication Skills




While photographing at the Venice Rookery, a squabble developed between an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) and a Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus). Here are a couple of images I captured of their interaction: Nothing really came of this disruption. After a few seconds, both birds decided the “issue” was not as important as first thought! The anhinga […]

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Fun Friday: Open Mouth, Insert … Foot?




… in this case, let’s insert beak! When one of the parents of a pair of Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) chicks in a nest at the Venice Rookery returned to the nest, the youngsters did everything they could to get food from the adult. Great blue herons feed their chicks by first catching and […]

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Displaying Great Blue Herons




While visiting the Venice Rookery, the Great Blue Herons were in the middle of their breeding season. A couple of nests had chicks in them, while others were building nests and the birds displaying to attract mates. Here are a couple of displaying Great Blue Herons: Bird behavior at breeding time can be exciting to […]

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Fun Friday: Froggie Travels by Air




During my last day at the Venice Rookery (I spent 3 mornings photographing the roosting/nesting birds of the rookery), I decided it was time to capture some birds as they flew back to the rookery, carrying stick and branches in their beaks, for nestbuilding. I had been shooting great egrets and great blue herons as […]

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Common Moorhen




One of the few duck species noted at the Venice Rookery was the Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus). A coot-like bird, this “common” bird is quite colorful as an adult … with a thick bill and frontal shield that usually is red and yellow, and sometimes all yellow. This bird tends to be a bit shy, […]

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Great Blue Herons




Today’s post features a few of the Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) that are nesting in the Venice Rookery. Great Blue Herons have long been a common bird for most of us. At the Venice Rookery, Great Blues occupy many nests. Here are a few of the images I captured of these large birds at […]

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The Elegant Egret




Today’s post features some of the beautiful Great Egrets (Ardea alba) that I photographed at the Venice Rookery, in Venice, Florida recently. At this time of year, the beautifully white egrets are in great breeding plumage, which includes some nice, long plumes of feathers on the back, and brilliant lime-green “lores”, the patch of skin […]

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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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