Jess with a Scrub Jay on her Head!

Fun with the Scrub Jays

February 25, 2014 - After shooting at Viera Wetlands last weekend, my friend Michael took me to a new place, a Florida Scrub Jay trail.  I don’t have a whole lot of experience photographing Scrub Jays.  They are a threatened species, and their habitat is in decline.  I’ve photographed them at the Scrub Jay Trail at Merritt Island National […]

The Splash of Shamu

December 10, 2013 - Rich’s folks visited this weekend, and we took them to Sea World.  While I normally photograph wild animals, often inspired by my favorite cats and turtles, I’ve always had a fascination for dolphins and whales.  My dad and I went to Sea World often when I was growing up, and I used to love the […]

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Hummingbirds at Butterfly World

August 26, 2013 - I visited Butterfly World in late May when my hubby Rich and I visited South Florida for a few days to photograph the Burrowing Owls.  I’d been wanting to visit Butterfly World ever since seeing Jamie Felton’s incredible image of a butterfly landing on a hummingbird’s head.  The place certainly didn’t disappoint.  There were hundreds […]

Receding Tide

Sunset in Jupiter, Florida

August 9, 2013 - It’s been a crazy long week, so I’ll pull out some images from our trip to the beach in May.  I sure wish I was there tonight! When Rich and I went to South Florida to visit the Burrowing Owls, we stopped at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center for Rich to get his turtle fix.  That […]

Swallow-Tailed Kite. Powerline Road, Hernando County.

A Visit to the Swallow-Tailed Kites on Powerline Road

June 18, 2013 - Every year in the summertime, the people on Birdbrains start talking about the kettles of Swallow-Tailed Kites on Powerline Road in Hernando County.   Last year I really wanted to go and see them, but I didn’t.  This year Dyeyo and I decided to drive out there to see what there was to see. We […]

My First Time Lapse

May 27, 2013 - Rich and I just got back from a much-needed get-away over Memorial Day weekend.  The change of pace was great!  I estimate that I’m about 15 posts behind in my blog, so you won’t see details of our trip for a week or two.  But here’s a teaser… One of the places we visited was […]

Great Horned Owls are Fledging

April 1, 2013 - I’ve had the privilege of watching several owl nests in the past few weeks, as I first indicating in my recent post about My First Trip to the Oakland Great Horned Owl Nest.  I missed the really cute stage when the birds were tiny babies, and Mom tucked them under her tummy as she sat […]

Newborn Sandhill Crane Baby at Nest

March 31, 2013 - I’ve been very fortunate over the past week as I had the opportunity to observe a newborn Sandhill Crane baby at his nest.  This nest is in Melbourne, about an hour and a half drive for me.  My friends who live there notified me when the baby was born (thanks Bill and Mike!).  Only a […]

My First Trip to the Oakland Great Horned Owl Nest

March 14, 2013 - I was so excited when a friend shared the location of a Great Horned Owl nest – it’s practically in my backyard!  I love to watch nests and see babies grow up, but most nests are far away.  This one is close enough that I can check on it after work.  (I’ve been asked not […]

Launchpad 39A

A Different Kind of Garden

December 8, 2012 - My in-laws are visiting this weekend, so Hubby and I took them to Kennedy Space Center yesterday. I got to photograph a different kind of garden – a rocket garden! The space center is now doing special tours of the launchpad and the Vehicle Assembly building (I guess because they are no longer in use […]

In Search of a Long-Tailed Duck at Lake Davis

November 23, 2011 - I’ve been reading about the Long-Tailed Duck on Birdbrains, so Rich and I decided to drive over to Lake Davis to see if we could find it.  Lake Davis is a small lake in the middle of a downtown Orlando neighborhood.  It’s very close to Greenwood Cemetery, but I resisted the temptation to bore Rich […]

Snow Bunting! at Palm Coast Waterfront Park

December 20, 2010 - Dyeyo and I planned a bird-watching “safari” trip for today.  Our first stop was the Palm Coast Waterfront Park where a tiny Snow Bunting has been hanging out for the last couple of weeks.  This bird nests in the Arctic and migrates to the New England latitudes.  Only about twenty have been documented as far […]

In Search of Hooded Mergansers…

December 12, 2010 - A recent Birdbrain post indicated that there were about 20 Hooded Mergansers in a small pond outside a Perkins restaurant at the intersection of Conroy-Windermere Road and Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando. So Rich and I stopped there this morning after we dropped his folks off at the airport. There were no Hoodies this morning […]

Georgia Aquarium trip

August 27, 2008 - Happy Birthday, Rich! We went to the Georgia Aquarium to see turtles for Rich’s 29th b-day. Of course we had to check out the loggerhead sea turtle first. There was also an impressive beluga whale on exhibit. I had fun trying to get good pictures of some of the colorful fish swimming around in tanks. […]