Late-nesting Great Blue Herons put on a stick show for my camera at Lake Morton in late April
Photographing my first Limpkin nest…six tiny babies nestled in the reeds with Mom and Dad keeping close watch over them
Springtime bird photography at Lake Morton, Lakeland. Baby ducklings, birds in breeding plumage, nesting Mute Swans, cooperative Wood Ducks!
Photos of a Common Gallinule family tending their nest and three young chicks. Mom and Dad brought in food while a juvenile sibling baby-sat
A June morning of photography at Lake Morton yielded juvenile cygnets, Wood Ducks, Wood Storks, and a Common Gallinule nest
A quiet morning of bird photography at Lake Morton – Ruddy Ducks, Muscovy ducklings, American White Pelicans, and wise Wood Storks
Springtime is the best time at Lakes Morton and Mirror, where it’s easy to photograph tame birds in breeding plumage, and cute babies!
The swans didn’t do much swooning for me at Lake Morton, but the new pair of Coscoroba Swans posed for my dad and me.
Ducks are back at Lake Morton! They gave me some good wing-flaps last weekend when the sun finally came out.
A summer morning at Lake Morton led me to tiny turtles, young swans, and a protective Father Goose with teenage Muscovy Ducks.
A spring morning is a great time to walk around Lake Morton. While I didn’t see babies, the lingering winter migrants kept me entertained.
Sometimes it’s fun to photograph rare or strange birds. Other times the most common birds make me smile, like Mrs. Cottonball Head!
Last weekend I visited Lake Morton in hopes of photographing swan courtship. My friend Kim recently posted an amazing image of two “love birds” whose necks came together to form a heart on the lake. It’s a touching reminder that it’s my favorite time of the year: baby bird season! I can’t wait for the […]
Three days after Christmas, the weather forecasters promised us some sun. It was a welcome forecast, as it had been cloudy for days. So I got up early and headed to Lake Morton for sunrise. I hadn’t been there to visit my swans in quite a while. But it was another dull gray day. You […]
Oh my gosh! Yesterday I received this e-mail: Your photo of a Mute Swan Cygnet has won an Honorable Mention in our 2013 National Wildlife Photo Contest. It will appear in a slide show on the National Wildlife Federation’s website in the magazine’s PhotoZone pages in January. It will also be considered for our Photo of the Week […]
This summer at Lake Morton, I amused myself while on swan nest-watch by taking pictures of all the ducks and geese as they bathed in the lake. Early mornings seem to be best for bathtime. The birds are such fun to watch as they splash around, flapping their wings back and forth. Besides, it’s fun […]
There were lots of fun birds to photograph on my last visit to Lake Morton. Besides the juvenile swans, there was a family of baby Limpkins, as well as the regular “menagerie” of ducks and geese. Early mornings are always good for bath shots! So here’s some more from Lake Morton… A pair of Black-necked […]
Seven of our Mute Swan Cygnets returned to Lake Morton last week. Regular readers of my blog may recall my springtime posts about the cute little cygnets, so adorable as they sat in their nests with Mom on the day that they hatched. I finally got to see a cygnet ride on Mom’s back this […]
On Sunday I visited Lake Morton to photograph what is probably the last Mute Swan cygnet of the season. We’ve had a great spring this year, with lots of great nests and adorable cygnets. Unfortunately the babies are taken away by the City of Lakeland almost as soon as they hatch. So we haven’t had many opportunities to […]
Regular readers of my blog may remember Father Goose. He (she?) is a goose at Lake Morton who befriends the Muscovy Ducks each spring when their babies hatch. I’m not sure where the Muscovy dads are, but they don’t seem to be much involved in raising the brood of youngsters. Enter “Father” Goose, the lonely goose […]