Gray-headed Swamphen

Wading Birds at Lust Road

February 16, 2021 - A walk down Lust Road yielded lots of wading birds: Coots, Common Gallinules, a hungry cormorant, and a beautiful Gray-headed Swamphen

Least Flycatcher

Lifer Least Flycatcher at Lust Road!

January 31, 2021 - I photographed my lifer Least Flycatcher at Lust Road, and I saw the Ash-throated Flycatcher too, along with waxwings and sparrows

Common Yellowthroat

Lust Road Birding: Lots of Little Birds!

January 28, 2021 - Birding at Lust Road yielded lots of little birds, including Cedar Waxwings, Swamp Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, and Painted Bunting

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbirds Offer Me Flight Shots

January 24, 2021 - Three Western Kingbirds entertained me and gave me flight shot opportunities as they darted out from the power lines to hawk insects below

Bald Eagle

The Road Less Traveled

January 7, 2021 - A drive through country backroads led me to a beautiful pair of Bald Eagles who posed briefly for my camera

Gopher Tortoise

A Kestrel and a Gopher Tortoise

December 19, 2020 - A morning visit to Oakland Nature Preserve yielded an elusive American Kestrel, first-of-season American Goldfinches, and a gopher tortoise!

Leucistic Rock Pigeon

Silly Birds on the Shore of Lake Apopka

December 6, 2020 - Beautiful birds on a cloudy November day on the south shore of Lake Apopka - Bald Eagles, Ospreys being chased, and a Bronzed Cowbird

Black-bellied Whistling-ducks

Flight Shots around Lake Apopka

September 6, 2020 - A late August morning yielded flight shot bird photography opportunities on the south shores of Lake Apopka

Purple Gallinule

Purple Pole Vaulters!

September 2, 2020 - I spent a happy morning on the south shore of Lake Apopka watching the Purple Gallinules pretend to pole vault off the alligator flags

Saharan Dust Storm Sunset

Saharan Dust Cloud over Lake Apopka

August 4, 2020 - Sunset photography during the Saharan Dust Cloud in late June. The air was hazy as the sun's rays shone a dull orange over Lake Apopka

Cinnamon Teal among Blue-winged Teals

Uncommon Cinnamon Teal at Merritt Island

February 12, 2020 - I photographed my lifer Cinnamon Teal at Merritt Island. He gave me three wing-flaps as his feathers glistened in the afternoon sun

Mountain Bluebird

Rare Mountain Bluebird in Florida!

February 9, 2020 - A rare Mountain Bluebird visited FL in January 2020, posing for my camera as a nearby Eastern Bluebird wondered what the fuss was all about

Blue-winged Teal

A Walk Down Lust Road

February 6, 2020 - Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive bird photography - a walk down Lust Road yielded more birds than I usually see from the car

Eastern Bluebird

Bluebird Housing Shortage

January 15, 2020 - Four Eastern Bluebirds and one bluebird house - that's a housing shortage at the start of nesting season!

Field Sparrow

Sparrows at Oakland Nature Preserve

January 9, 2020 - I found the Field Sparrows at Oakland Nature Preserve, where a foggy morning also turned up Grasshopper Sparrows and other little birds

Last Sunset of 2019

Last Sunset of 2019

January 4, 2020 - HDR images of the last sunset of 2019, captured over Lake Apopka in Central Florida

Hooded Oriole

Rare Hooded Oriole in Florida!

December 29, 2019 - I photographed my lifer Hooded Oriole in Florida at Weekiwachee Preserve after the bird was located during a Christmas Bird Count

Vermilion Flycatcher

Peregrines and Flycatchers at LAWD

December 20, 2019 - Bird photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yielded a Peregrine Falcon, Indigo Bunting, and Vermilion Flycatcher

Eastern Bluebird on Beautyberry

Birds and Berries at ONP

December 17, 2019 - A morning of bird photography at ONP yielded a rainbow of red, blue, yellow, and gray birds on the American Beautyberry bushes

Sunset over Lake Apopka

Sunset at Newton Park

December 13, 2019 - Our first sunset at Newton Park was beautiful. My camera caught the last rays of the sun as it disappeared behind the trees

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Friday

December 7, 2019 - The day after Thanksgiving was Yellow Friday at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. The landscape is covered in burr marigolds and yellow birds

Fields of Yellow Sunflowers

Lake Jesup Sunflowers 2019

October 13, 2019 - A photography walk through the fields of yellow sunflowers along the shores of Lake Jesup. Plus a Sandhill Crane flock fly-over!

Loggerhead Hatchling Tracks

Last Turtle Walk of 2019

September 20, 2019 - Our last turtle walk of 2019 yielded lots of hatchling tracks, including those of a Loggerhead hatchling who made his way home to the sea

Nesting Green Sea Turtle

Tagged Green Sea Turtle

September 4, 2019 - Morning walk at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge yields a tagged nesting Green Sea turtle

Green Sea Turtle Returns to the Ocean

Nesting Green Sea Turtle at Sunrise

August 23, 2019 - Early morning walk at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge yielded a nesting Green Sea Turtle. Her sunrise crawl to the ocean was spectacular

Fulvous Whistling-duck Family

Summer Birds at Lake Apopka

August 19, 2019 - Summer birds and photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - I found baby Fulvous Whistling-Ducks, a Bank Swallow, and other summer regulars

Wings-Spread_Machias-Seal-Island_201307031_copyrightJessYarnell

2000 Posts on catandturtle.net!

August 15, 2019 - Wow. This is my 2000th post on catandturtle.net! I started blogging regularly in 2008(ish) to document my cats, our Garden Craze, and the birds in my backyard. Little did I know how much I would come to love nature photography. To celebrate my 2000th post, I picked 12 of my favorite posts from over the […]

Turtle Tracks at Sunrise

Beach Sunrise with the Green Sea Turtles

August 8, 2019 - Morning walk at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge photographing turtle tracks against the sunrise. Plus a nesting Green Sea Turtle!