Regular readers of my blog may remember a family of Burrowing Owls that I followed over several years. They didn’t have much luck the last year or two, and the last time I saw them, they seemed to be getting a little too much love from the local bird paparazzi. I set out this morning to check on them, and not surprisingly, I didn’t find them. But it was a nice, breezy morning to get out into the backroads and scout for meadow-lands subjects. Which I found…
Yep, it’s farmland out there. You get lots of opportunities to photograph birds sitting on sprinkler heads. I wonder if they are Rain Bird heads?
A Bobwhite called in the distance and several Eastern Meadowlarks flitted about. The Common Nighthawks are back, and I heard them calling periodically in the distance. Sometimes you get lucky and find one sitting on a fencepost.
My next bird was a Loggerhead Shrike. He seemed a little dubious about the car that pulled up and the camera that pointed in his direction. I asked him to find a more photogenic perch. In response he flew to the top of a faraway tree!
There are orange groves out in this neck of the woods, and as I passed them, I heard the song of an Eastern Towhee. I found him sitting at the top of an orange tree, singing his heart out. Eastern Towhees are common in Florida but I don’t get many chances to photograph them, especially singing.
I missed photographing the bright breeding colors of our Cattle Egrets this spring. A flock of 50-60 egrets was strolling through a grassy meadow searching for bugs. They were past their breeding prime but still pretty. I love watching them stalk for breakfast.
As I left I spotted this Red-bellied Woodpecker on a fencepost. He posed nicely and then I spotted the nest hole in the fencepost. I bet he was heading home to check on his young ones!
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