Least Terns Mating

Taking Turns Making Terns!

August 1, 2021 - A morning of Least Tern courtship on Outback Key. Several tern pairs took turns making terns! That makes for a fun photographic challenge! :)

Singin' in the Rain!

Singing in the Rain!

July 29, 2021 - Roseate Spoonbills and Sandhill Cranes on a cloudy June morning at Circle B Bar Reserve - a perfect morning for singing in the rain!

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

Early June Visit to Circle B Bar Reserve

July 27, 2021 - An early June morning at Circle B Bar Reserve yielded Northern Parula, mating Purple Gallinules, a juvenile hawk, and a Pileated Woopecker

Black Skimmer

Scouting for Black Skimmer Colonies

July 23, 2021 - I drove up Florida's West Coast to scout for Black Skimmer colonies. Pelicans and terns entertained me after I found the nesting birds

Laughing Gull Landed on Pelican's Back

Lazy Laughing Gulls at North Beach

July 21, 2021 - A beautiful morning at Fort De Soto yielded lazy Laughing Gulls who prefer to steal their fish than actually catch them honestly!

Under my Wing (Snowy Plover Mom and Baby)

Another Family of Snowy Plovers!

July 19, 2021 - Morning spent lying on the sand photographing a Snowy Plover mother and two-week-old chick. I loved it when Mom took the baby under her wing!

Least Bittern

Least Bittern Gymnastics

July 17, 2021 - Least Bitterns practice gymnastics as they hunt at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. Parallel bars, tumbling passes, and sticking the landing!

Glossy Ibis

Birds in Flight at Lake Apopka

July 15, 2021 - Birds in flight at Lake Apopka - Whistling Ducks and Herons are easy to photograph as they fly over the marsh. Bonus points if they stick their tongues out!

Fulvous Whistling-ducks in Flight

Early June Bike Ride at Lake Apopka

July 13, 2021 - A Lake Apopka bike ride in early June yielded Blue Grosbeak, baby Purple Gallinules and Black-necked Stilts, and a surprise Eastern Kingbird

Least Bittern Pair

Summer Life at the Edge of Lake Apopka

July 9, 2021 - Summer birds growing up on the edge of Lake Apopka - Least Bitterns, Purple Gallinules, Purple Martins, and the omnipresent Osprey with fish!

Limpkin Feeding Juvenile

More from the South Shore of Lake Apopka

July 7, 2021 - A summer morning on the south shore of Lake Apopka yielded Purple Gallinules, a Limpkin family, and my first decent Least Bittern flight shot

Purple Martins

Feeding Time for the Purple Martins

July 5, 2021 - Flight shots of Purple Martins feeding on the wing. Mom gives a tasty dragonfly to a juvenile martin, who eats it in mid-air

Red-winged Blackbird Nest

Red-winged Blackbird Nest

June 27, 2021 - I found a Red-winged Blackbird nest on the south shore of Lake Apopka. Mom fed the babies bugs, and two of the three babies left the nest!

Purple Gallinule (Adult Male)

Purple Gallinule Families

June 23, 2021 - Purple Gallinule families at Newton Park - beautiful purple adult birds, iridescent juveniles, and tiny black babies with bright orange beaks

Magnolia Warbler

Migrants at Fort De Soto

June 21, 2021 - Springtime migrant photography at Fort De Soto yielded Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler, and Northern Parula in full breeding plumage

Snowy Plover Juvenile

Snowy Plover Family Update

June 17, 2021 - I got to see my whole Snowy Plover family again before the chicks fledged. Plus a new Snowy Plover nest on Outback Key!

Black Skimmer Skimming

Skimming the Surface

June 10, 2021 - Images of Black Skimmers skimming for breakfast at Fort De Soto's North Beach. I'm glad I don't catch my breakfast with my mouth!

Common Gallinule

Aliens Invade at Lake Morton

June 7, 2021 - Alien-like baby Common Gallinules invaded Lake Morton in late April, along with courting swans and a lone Lesser Scaup still at the lake

Osprey with Fish

Osprey with Fish!

June 1, 2021 - A summer morning at Newton Park yielded plenty of Osprey with fish! Fun flight shot opportunities with these beautiful birds

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallows in Flight at North Beach

June 1, 2021 - Photographing Barn Swallows in flight is always a real challenge, and I got some great opportunities at Fort De Soto in mid-April

Piping Plover

Magical Morning at Fort De Soto

May 25, 2021 - Springtime bird photography never disappoints at Fort De Soto! Piping Plovers, Big Red, mating terns, and tiny shorebirds in breeding colors

Piping Plover

A Five-Plover Morning at Fort De Soto

May 19, 2021 - A springtime morning at Fort De Soto yielded Piping Plover, Snowy Plover, Semi-palmated Plover, Wilson's Plover, and Black-bellied Plover

Least Bittern

A Bittern-ly Foggy Morning at Lake Apopka

May 13, 2021 - A foggy morning yielded Least Bitterns in mid-April at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive! plus Anhingas and Red-winged Blackbirds in breeding plumage

Barn Owlets

Barn Owlets

May 4, 2021 - My lifer Barn Owlets at their undisclosed nesting site. Fuzzy baby feathers and heart-shaped faces made these my cutest lifers to date!

Roseate Spoonbills at Stick Marsh

Spoonbill Heaven at Stick Marsh!

May 1, 2021 - A morning in Spoonbill Heaven yielded amazing flight shots of incoming Roseate Spoonbills as they collected sticks to build their nests

Eagle in Flight

Easter Sunrise at Orlando Wetlands

April 28, 2021 - Easter Sunrise at Orlando Wetlands Park yielded God rays and beautiful birds in flight - Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, and Bald Eagle

Spring Morning at Lake Apopka

Biking Landscapes around Lake Apopka

April 22, 2021 - Beautiful biking landscape images and bird photography on a gorgeous spring morning at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Wood Duck Pair in Flight

Wood Ducks in Flight at Lake Morton

April 19, 2021 - Wood Ducks in flight gave me my best images from my springtime photography walk at Lake Morton. Drakes calling and a mating pair in flight!

Lesser Scaup

A Foggy Walk around Lake Morton

April 10, 2021 - A foggy morning turned out to be good for photography with Mute Swans, Wood Ducks, Lesser Scaup, and a nesting Great Blue Heron pair

Black-necked Stilt

My First Bike Ride at LAWD

April 2, 2021 - Biking and birding and photography at Lake Apopka with beautiful breeding birds in flight! Black-necked Stilts and Anhingas

Mottled Duck

Lake Apopka without my Beast!

March 28, 2021 - A walk by Lake Apopka with my intermediate telephoto yielded nesting birds in flight and the courtship rituals of a Mottled Ducks

American Coots

Springtime Walk down Lust Road

March 22, 2021 - A springtime photography walk at Lust Road yielded Orange-crowned Warbler, mating coots, and Anhinga and woodpecker nests

American Robin

Birds on Fenceposts at Joe Overstreet Road

March 10, 2021 - Birds on fenceposts are easy to find at Joe Overstreet Road, where Eastern Meadowlarks, American Robins, and a Fox Squirrel charmed my camera