Backyard photography

Happy Fourth of July!

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Stars and Beaks Forever

It’s our country’s birthday!  To celebrate, Goldy (our resident feline ornithologist) is issuing a challenge to our blog readers.  She wants you to get out and find as many red, white, and blue bird-birds as you can!  Some suggestions: Red: Northern Cardinal, Summer Tanager White: White Ibis, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, juvenile Little Blue Heron, American White Pelican, any of the gulls and terns Blue: Blue Jay, Eastern Bluebird, Blue Grosbeak, Barn Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Purple Martin, Florida Scrub Jay, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Indigo Bunting Yes, you can find all those in Central Florida in summertime!  So go have fun and enjoy your Fourth of July! :)

Backyard photography

Great-crested Flycatcher

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Great-crested Flycatcher

Just a quick post this morning…I’m still going through photos from a very productive long weekend! On Friday I went over to my parents’ house.  We heard the call of a Great-crested Flycatcher from a neighbor’s tree, so  I grabbed my camera and went to investigate.  He was sitting out in the open, perched nicely on a branch.  Great-crested Flycatchers are common in Florida in the summer but I don’t get many chances to photograph them.  What a nice bird!

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Can You Tell?

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House Finch

Rich cracked me up so hard and I just have to share the joke.  Recently I finished editing this image and I took the laptop to him, asking “Can you tell?” His response was priceless. “I don’t know if there was a branch, and I don’t know if there was a bird!” Such are the joys of Photoshop fun. :)