Even Common Birds are Pretty

October 20, 2011 - I photographed this juvenile Red-Winged Blackbird at the Circle B Bar Reserve this weekend. It was a cloudy morning, so I was glad to have my flash with me. I really like how his brown tones contrast with the green vegetation and purple flowers around him.

Cuckoo Pose

October 19, 2011 - I forgot to post the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo picture in my blog post Cuckoos Chasing Cuckoos from this weekend. Oops! So here’s the bird that caused several photographers to follow him up and down the Marsh Rabbit Run trail. He likes to bury himself in trees with lots of leaves, so I was very surprised when […]

Welcome Back, Palm Warblers

October 18, 2011 - The Palm Warblers have been back for several weeks now, but between rainy weather and work, this weekend was my first opportunity to take a decent photograph of one. This one was hopping around in a tree on the Marsh Rabbit Run trail at the Circle B Bar Reserve. It’s such fun to hear the […]

Cloudy Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 16, 2011 - I think the weather forecasters were a little overly optimistic this morning when they predicted “partly sunny” for 8am. I called it “mostly cloudy!” I was glad that I didn’t go to the Circle B Bar Reserve for sunrise, because there wasn’t one. The light levels were pretty low all morning. But it was great […]

Three Generations

October 7, 2011 - The days are getting shorter and I’m getting home later and later…not a good combination for new “In the Backyard” shots. Luckily I still have some fun pictures from Circle B last weekend to share. I think it’s supposed to rain most of the weekend. Sad news for photographers! This is a family of Common […]

Sunrise Clouds

October 6, 2011 - This is an HDR image of the sunrise at Circle B last Friday morning. I enjoyed photographing the light in the clouds until I saw the baby Limpkins emerge. That distracted me until after the sun was high in the sky! :)

Soaring into the Sunrise

October 4, 2011 - Last Friday morning the sunrise at Circle B was very cloudy and not particularly interesting, so the Beast and I focused on the flying birds and making silhouettes. I tried to catch the birds as they had interesting wing angles and as they flew against the orangey colors of the sunrise. Then in Photoshop, I […]

Redstarts and Warblers and Buntings, Oh My!

October 1, 2011 - The cold front moved through and brought not only cooler temperatures, but lots of migrant birds!  I spent a very nice morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve with Dyeyo.  We chased lots of little birds and ended up with a pretty good migrant count, including an Indigo Bunting!! :) We hiked the Heron Hideout […]

Another Morning at the Circle B Water Slide

September 30, 2011 - I spent my off-Friday morning with the baby Limpkins at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  I headed out to the Wading Bird Way trail at sunrise.  There were too many clouds for an impressive sunrise, but as I watched the light rising, I heard the baby Limpkins.  I watched and waited, and within fifteen minutes […]

Birds Grow up So Quickly!

September 24, 2011 - We had our first photo walk at the Circle B Bar Reserve this morning.  It was a small group, but we had a nice walk.  We saw our first-of-fall Common Yellowthroats, and I’m pretty sure I heard several other warblers, but the mosquitoes were thick and we didn’t linger to watch them.  We found the […]

Christmas in September?

September 23, 2011 - I’m looking forward to our first photo walk at the Circle B Bar Reserve tomorrow morning.  So here’s yet another shot from a recent Circle B outing.  I took this from the Wading Bird Way trail at sunrise, on a morning when the sun shone through the fog and illuminated the marsh.  I love how […]

Order Matters

September 22, 2011 - Lately I’ve been playing with Photomatix and HDR.  I went back to a sunrise panorama that I did at Lake Hancock at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  Each portion of the panorama was bracketed for HDR.  When I first processed it with Photoshop, I did the HDR on each frame individually, taking care to apply […]


September 20, 2011 - Lots of people at the Circle B Bar Reserve this weekend commented that the famous baby Limpkins look a lot like baby Sandhill Cranes.  They do!  The colors are different, but the size, beak size, and general shapes of the babies are quite similar.  I hunted up some Sandhill colt pictures from April to compare… […]


September 19, 2011 - This sunrise HDR image was created at the Circle B Bar Reserve on Saturday morning.  I had already taken so many shots of the sunrise and the sun was pretty high in the sky.  But before I switched to the Beast for bird shots, I took one final shot of the sun and surrounding clouds.  […]

Into the Rising Sun

September 16, 2011 - Work interfered with photography on this off-Friday, but I did manage to get to Circle B for a few hours this morning. I won’t have my full blog post ready till tomorrow, so here’s a teaser image of a flock of Blue-Winged Teals at sunrise over Lake Hancock. They are my first Blue-Winged Teals of […]

Fun with HDR

September 14, 2011 - Long after the sunrise at the Circle B Bar Reserve on Sunday, I noticed a single cloud high in the sky that still had sunrise coloration to it. I thought it was pretty, and I took some bracketed shots for HDR. I didn’t realize how vibrant the colors would turn out! HDR can be quite […]

Sunrise at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 11, 2011 - This morning the sunrise made up for the icky cloudy day yesterday.  I arrived at the Circle B Bar Reserve well before sunrise.  Unfortunately I arrived at the Wading Bird Way trail about 15 minutes too late to photograph the setting moon, which was beautiful as I watched it driving across I-4.  But I did […]

Photographers Flock Back to Circle B Bar Reserve

September 4, 2011 - The temperatures were a bit cooler at the Circle B Bar Reserve this morning, and the photographers and the migrant birds alike have begun to return to the reserve.  Dyeyo and I hiked the Marsh Rabbit Run trail, Wading Bird Way trail, and Alligator Alley trail this morning in search of migrant warblers.  Unfortunately, the […]

Sunrise HDR

August 24, 2011 - The weather has been so hot that I’ve been spending less time outside and more time playing with post-processing. I’ve rediscovered HDR recently when I began experimenting with Photomatix Pro instead of Photoshop for HDR. I’d always read that Photoshop wasn’t quite as good, and now I’m starting to see why. Here’s my HDR image […]

Slow motion: Turtles

August 22, 2011 - Friends often ask why our website is called “catandturtle” when most of my photographs are of birds. Well, I’ve always been a cat lover, and Rich has grown up with an obsession for turtles. Actually, it was our cat Goldilocks who started watching birds, and got us interested in them… So when I come back […]

First of Season Warblers at CBBR!

August 19, 2011 - How are kitten care and warbler photography alike? Neither subject will stay still! This morning I enjoyed an off-Friday sunrise at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  I saw my first warblers of the season!  Two Yellow Warblers and one Prairie Warbler spent a pleasant 15 minutes posing for me in the top of a tree […]

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo on Marsh Rabbit Run!

August 5, 2011 - The Marsh Rabbit Run trail was finally re-opened!  I went to the Circle B Bar Reserve this morning and found my very first Yellow-Billed Cuckoo!  I couldn’t believe it when he flew into a tree right over my head.  He was on Marsh Rabbit Run, about halfway down the trail.  It felt so good to […]

The Eagle has Landed at CBBR

July 31, 2011 - The Bald Eagle has returned to his nest on the sandhill at the Circle B Bar Reserve!  I was very happy to hear him and then confirm that he was sitting just above the nest. It’s been almost a month since Dyeyo and I went to Circle B, so we were both excited to get […]

A Squirrel-ly Anniversary Message

June 5, 2011 - Dyeyo and I spotted these, um, friendly squirrels at the Circle B Bar Reserve on Saturday.  They made me chuckle and think of Rich’s and my anniversary.  So here’s an anniversary message from the squirrels… Keep your partner looking his best.  (I’ve never seen squirrels preening each others’ tails!) Lend a hand at every opportunity. […]

Turtles from the Circle B Bar Reserve

May 16, 2011 - Every afternoon when I get home from the Circle B Bar Reserve, Rich pounces on me and asks for pictures of turtles.  Usually I haven’t seen many, or gotten great photo ops of the ones that I do see.  So this weekend when I came across a small turtle making its way across the Heron […]

Sunset Bobcat at the Circle B Bar Reserve

March 11, 2011 - I went over to the Circle B Bar Reserve after work today to catch the sunset.  The good news?  I saw the bobcat for the first time ever!!  The bad news?  The Marsh Rabbit Run trail is now closed because the alligators are very active.  There’s a freaky sequence of pictures on the Circle B […]


March 3, 2011 - Rich gets annoyed at me for not posting more pictures of turtles.  After all, our site is called “catandturtle” because I like cats and he likes turtles!  Then I did post a video of a turtle, but Rich refuses to watch it, because the turtle was being consumed by a Limpkin.  So here’s a Rich-friendly […]