Peregrine Falcon

More Winter Arrivals at Lake Apopka

October 21, 2021 - Winter birds continue arriving at the Lake Apopka Wildife Drive, including Blue-winged Teal and a very cooperative Peregrine Falcon

Belted Kingfisher

Quiet Fall Day at Lake Apopka

October 18, 2021 - A quiet morning for birding as I enjoyed another bike ride at Lake Apopka. Belted Kingfisher flight shots and first-of-fall Eastern Phoebe

Red-shouldered Hawk

BYOP: Bring Your Own Perch!

October 8, 2021 - A cardinal thought my bike was his new perch on my latest trip to Lake Apopka. Plus Prairie Warblers and a hungry Red-shouldered Hawk

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Morning at Lake Apopka

September 28, 2021 - Lots of yellow on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive in late September: yellow warblers, yellow flowers, and returning migrant birds!

Green Sea Turtle

Slowpoke Green Turtle

September 15, 2021 - A slowpoke Green Sea Turtle took her time to nest and return to the ocean at Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge

Return to the Sea - Loggerhead Turtle

Nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtle at Sunrise

September 8, 2021 - Photos of a nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtle as she finished laying her eggs at Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge and then returned to the ocean

Barn Swallow

Juvenile Barn Swallows at LAWD

September 5, 2021 - A late July morning at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yielded feeding herons and bitterns and a fun family of Barn Swallows

Least Bittern Babies Begging for Food

Least Bittern Babies!

August 29, 2021 - Least Bittern family with three fuzzy babies who grew up at Lake Apopka in between feedings from Mom and Dad!

Turtle Tracks

July 4th Visit with a Nesting Sea Turtle

August 27, 2021 - A nesting sea turtle makes a sunrise walk on the beach very special. The Green Sea Turtle covered her eggs, then disappeared into the sunrise

Saharan Dust Sunrise at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Saharan Dust Sunrise

August 25, 2021 - Saharan Dust Sunrise over the canals of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. Spectacular oranges, pinks, and purples lit up the skies that morning!

Least Tern with Chick

More Fun from the Least Tern Colony

August 21, 2021 - Mid-June images from a Least Tern Colony, where tiny tern chicks were fed, ghost crabs were chased, and a Snowy Plover used his mom for shade

Whimbrel

Surprise Encounter with a Whimbrel

August 17, 2021 - Close-up opportunity with a Whimbrel at Fort De Soto's North Beach. Unexpected opportunity for head shots of this beautiful bird!

Black-necked Stilt Carrying Egg Shell

Newborn Black-necked Stilts at Nest!

August 11, 2021 - A beautiful morning at Lake Apopka photographing a pair of Black-necked Stilts and their three chicks, the youngest still wet from the egg

Black-necked Stilt

Another Early June Lake Apopka Morning

August 9, 2021 - A beautiful June morning at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, with Northern Flickers, Least Bitterns, Black-necked Stilts, & baby Purple Gallinules

Least Tern Chasing Laughing Gull Away from Colony

Defending the Tern Colony

August 5, 2021 - When Laughing Gulls invade, Least Terns are very effective at tending their colony. Lots of aerial acrobatics as tiny birds chase off gulls!

Least Tern Feeding Babies

Least Tern Babies!!

August 3, 2021 - A beautiful morning on the beach photographing cute Least Tern babies. Such excitement when the parents brought in fish for breakfast!

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!