May 21, 2019 - Late-nesting Great Blue Herons put on a stick show for my camera at Lake Morton in late April
May 21, 2019 - Late-nesting Great Blue Herons put on a stick show for my camera at Lake Morton in late April
May 18, 2019 - Photographing my first Limpkin nest...six tiny babies nestled in the reeds with Mom and Dad keeping close watch over them
April 20, 2019 - Springtime bird photography at Lake Morton, Lakeland. Baby ducklings, birds in breeding plumage, nesting Mute Swans, cooperative Wood Ducks!
July 16, 2017 - 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
July 12, 2017 - A June morning of photography at Lake Morton yielded juvenile cygnets, Wood Ducks, Wood Storks, and a Common Gallinule nest
May 7, 2016 - A quiet morning of bird photography at Lake Morton - Ruddy Ducks, Muscovy ducklings, American White Pelicans, and wise Wood Storks
May 13, 2015 - Springtime is the best time at Lakes Morton and Mirror, where it's easy to photograph tame birds in breeding plumage, and cute babies!
February 17, 2015 - 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.
November 21, 2014 - Ducks are back at Lake Morton! They gave me some good wing-flaps last weekend when the sun finally came out.
August 6, 2014 - A summer morning at Lake Morton led me to tiny turtles, young swans, and a protective Father Goose with teenage Muscovy Ducks.
May 20, 2014 - 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.
May 18, 2014 - Sometimes it's fun to photograph rare or strange birds. Other times the most common birds make me smile, like Mrs. Cottonball Head!
March 12, 2014 - 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 […]
January 15, 2014 - 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 […]
December 14, 2013 - 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 […]
October 23, 2013 - 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 […]
September 21, 2013 - 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 […]
September 19, 2013 - 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 […]
June 4, 2013 - 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 […]
May 28, 2013 - 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 […]
May 23, 2013 - After our less-than-spectacular sunrise at Blue Cypress Lake a few weeks ago, I headed to Lakeland to see my swans. You see, the City of Lakeland takes the cygnets away from their nests almost immediately — sometimes on the same day that they hatch. The City believes that it’s better to raise the babies in […]
May 12, 2013 - Dedicated to my mom, who is my best friend and confidante. Happy Mother’s Day!! As regular readers of my blog know, I’ve been stopping by Lake Morton periodically to monitor the nesting of the resident Mute Swans. My friend Kim at the lake knows how much I love to photograph the cygnets (baby swans), so […]
May 4, 2013 - On my way back from Fort De Soto last Saturday, I stopped at Lake Morton to see if there were any cygnets (baby swans). I’ve been keeping an eye on the nests there for the past few weeks, as it is getting to be that time of year when tiny gray fuzzballs appear under the […]
April 22, 2013 - I had read about baby Limpkins at Lake Morton, and when I was walking around the lake on Saturday morning, I kept my eyes and ears open. Often I hear babies before I see them. Then I ran into my friend Jane, and she told me exactly where to find them. Woo hoo! They were […]
April 21, 2013 - The weather was cloudy and rainy on Saturday morning, so I didn’t want to venture miles from my car with heavy camera equipment. I opted for a trip to Lake Morton, where I knew I could find cute babies. I knew I’d be too early for swan cygnets, which probably won’t hatch till late April […]
April 11, 2013 - As I wrote yesterday, my friend Carla came with me on a photography expedition last weekend. We first visited the Circle B Bar Reserve, and then we headed to Lake Morton. Carla saw her first swan’s nest! The beautiful Mute Swans are nesting all around the lake right now. We counted at least eight nests. […]
September 19, 2012 - I was going back through my images from the year to prepare my annual Christmas calendars. I came across this one and thought of my friend Kim from the lake, who will soon become a grandmother. This was such a special day, when I met Kim and got to photograph this day-old cygnet on the […]
September 9, 2012 - The last couple of times that I’ve been to Lake Morton, I’ve noticed this lone Ring-Necked Duck out in the water. With all the ducks, swans, and geese at the “menagerie,” you might not think that was so strange…except for the fact that all his friends flew north several months ago! I wonder what made […]
August 30, 2012 - As I prepared to leave Lake Morton on Sunday, I stopped to photograph a Limpkin standing tall by the lakeside. I approached cautiously, tucking myself behind a tree so as not to surprise him. When I emerged on my knees to photograph him at eye-level, I was the one who got the surprise. He had […]
August 29, 2012 - I was a little surprised to find a tiny Mallard chick at Lake Morton on Sunday. He toppled into the water to follow Mom when I accidentally spooked her. He had a whole family of Mallards who seemed to be watching out for him. It’s unusual to see just one of this size – the […]
August 28, 2012 - When I got out of the car at Lake Morton on Sunday, these “Three Stooges” nearly knocked me over as they begged for food. They are so used to people feeding them that they expect everybody to be a food dispenser! No matter where you go around the lake, you find these guys, often in […]
August 27, 2012 - Regular readers of my blog may remember Father Goose from about a month ago. He’s the goose at Lake Morton that befriends Muscovy ducklings and helps protect them as they grow up. A month ago, this is how he looked with his adopted family… Well, these days he’s looking after teenagers. While I was there […]
August 26, 2012 - I stopped by Lake Morton this morning on my way to help my dad in his computer lab. It was very gray and nasty outside as Tropical Storm Isaac approached. But I haven’t had much opportunity to photograph lately, so even gray days are fun. Plus I always enjoy my time with the birds at […]
July 24, 2012 - A few weekends ago when I was photographing at Swan Lake (a.k.a. Lake Morton), I looked up from the cute babies to see this Mallard sitting posed in great light with a perfect reflection. I loved the contrast of his feathers against the blue lake background. I kinda wished the cute babies would have stood […]
July 14, 2012 - My hubby isn’t the most, um, obsessed about birding. So I had to laugh when he asked me, “are you going back to the Goosey Pond this weekend?” He was referring to Lake Morton and Father Goose…but I had to disagree on his name for the place. I much prefer “Swan Lake!” :)
July 9, 2012 - All the birds at Lake Morton are playing “Duck, Duck, Goose!” as they watch Father Goose take care of his little ones. Mrs. Muscovy posed with her bright white face against a nice green background. She tried to be dignified, but it’s hard when you have a feather on your beak. This is one of […]
July 8, 2012 - Many human children grow up hearing the tales of Mother Goose. On Lake Morton, the young chicks grow up with Father Goose. This unique goose takes it upon himself to play nanny with young Muscovy duck families. I spent a sweet couple of hours with this little family on Saturday morning at Lake Morton. A […]
May 6, 2012 - While checking on the swan nests at Lake Morton recently, I’ve gotten to see some other fun babies too. In early April, I came across a flock of recently-hatched Mallard chicks, probably between 12 and 18 of them. In later visits, the babies were bigger, although in fewer numbers. They are certainly well-fed at that […]
May 2, 2012 - As I teased on last Friday, I stopped by Lake Morton on my way home from Fort De Soto and found a newborn cygnet. I went back on Sunday morning to observe the nest and spend some time with the baby. This little guy has a band of followers (hi Kim! hi Pam!) who spent […]
April 30, 2012 - As frequent readers of my blog know, we adopted a black and white kitten last year. He’s been helping me review my recent images from Lake Morton, and he’s a little confused. You see, here’s the picture I took of a Black Swan cygnet in early April: …and here’s the picture I took of a […]
April 27, 2012 - I had the most incredible day today! I went to Fort De Soto to check out the migrants, and I finally got my first Scarlet Tanager male, along with a ton of orioles, grosbeaks, buntings, and a few warblers. Birders kept telling me that today was a “slow” day in comparison to last weekend’s fallout…but […]
April 14, 2012 - Last week Rich and I were in Lakeland to judge the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. We had a great time talking to the students about their projects. Afterward, I twisted Rich’s arm into taking a nice walk around nearby Lake Morton. I wanted to see if the Mute Swans were nesting yet – […]
April 8, 2012 - I hope this picture of a Mallard duckling doing the splits will bring a smile to everyone on Easter. More from Lake Morton in the next post!
January 3, 2012 - After a quiet morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve on Friday, Dyeyo and I decided to head to Lake Morton. Herman has been telling me about it for ages, and he always knows the good birding places! There were lots of Ring-necked and Ruddy Ducks sleeping on the lake. It was my first opportunity […]