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!

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling

Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling Emergence!

August 5, 2019 - Photos and video of dozens of Loggerhead Turtle hatchlings during their emergence from their nest in the sand. They all made it to the water!

Green Sea Turtle Returning to Ocean after Nesting

Independence Day Turtle Walk

August 2, 2019 - Early morning Independence Day beach walk yielded Loggerhead hatchlings and a nesting Green Sea turtle mother. Plus a great sunrise!

Black Skimmer Baby

Black Skimmer Babies!

July 21, 2019 - Special evening photographing Black Skimmer babies at a nesting colony. Cute blond fuzzballs begging for food and running around the beach!

Brown Pelican Landing

Summer Morning Walk on the Beach

July 18, 2019 - Summer beach birds and photography...incoming Brown Pelicans, calling American Oystercatchers, and a gull flaunting his prize crab shell!

Bank Swallow

Some Summer Surprises at Lake Apopka

July 15, 2019 - Summer surprises at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive: Bank Swallow, Eastern Kingbird, and a Boat-tailed Grackle who thinks he's a Limpkin!

False Crawl

Turtle Tracks but No Turtles

July 9, 2019 - We photographed lots of sea turtle tracks but no actual turtles during our walks at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

Snowy Plover with Eggshell

Snowy Plover Nests and Babies!!!

June 30, 2019 - We found Snowy Plover nests and cute Snowy Plover babies in the Little Estero Critical Wildlife Area. The babies run so fast across the beach!