Happy World Turtle Day! Here are some ways to celebrate Rich's favorite flippered friends.Read More
Two tiny Loggerhead Sea Turtle hatchlings make their way to the water this morning at the Archie Carr National Wildlife RefugeRead More
When Michael invited my dad and me on a monkey cruise at Silver Springs, I had no idea what to expect...it turned out to be awesome!Read More
Rich and I went on a turtle walk where we got to watch a Loggerhead Sea Turtle lay eggs and return to the ocean. How cool!Read More
A fun surprise at the Orlando Wetlands Park, a snapping turtle crawled out on the road and let me take pictures of him.Read More
For years I've been telling Rich about going on turtle walks when I was little. My grandparents lived really close to Loggerhead Park, a turtle rehabilitation center. It was right across the street from the beach. The center occasionally sponsored walks at night, allowing people to see the adult turtles as they come to the beach to lay eggs, and once I also got to help release a turtle hatchling. …Read More
Rich wishes everyone a Happy World Turtle Day! If you didn't know, World Turtle Day is an annual event to protect turtles and tortoises around the world. This year Rich is helping to protect sea turtles by being an "adoptor" of a Hawksbill Sea Turtle. Here are some things you can do to help protect turtles: - If you see a turtle on the side of the road, help it …Read More
After visiting with the Least Terns a week ago, Michael and I stopped by the St. Augustine Alligator Farm to check out the rookery. I can't believe this is my first visit to a rookery this spring! Last spring I practically lived in them. It's prime nesting season at the rookery now. The Great Egret chicks are pretty big. Tiny Tricolored Herons and Snowy Egrets are beginning to hatch. There …Read More
To continue the "Lord of the Rings" titles, this post is about "The Two Turtles" (and some birds, hehe). Rich was a very happy camper when I got home from the Circle B Bar Reserve with several pictures of turtles. He said I had to post at least one – after all, this site is called catandturtle, even if we did name it before the bird obsession began! So here's …Read More
I drooled over Dan's recent Flickr image of a Black-Crowned Night Heron with the "out of bounds" effect in Photoshop. Then he started a blog and posted how he did it! (Thank you!) So I watched the video, learned about the effect, and had to try it myself. Rich told me that I had to practice on turtles. After all, this site is called "cat and turtle." (Don't tell Rich, …Read More
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 with eagle-nest watching. We did find lots of Ring-Necked Ducks at Lake Davis, but no …Read More
I got in trouble with my turtle-loving husband when I didn't post the picture of the turtle that I took at Circle B on Saturday. So here's the turtle. Isn't he cute? He looks like he's going sliding on the water.
I've been hearing complaints about the lack of turtle posts. So here's a turtle from the Circle B Bar Reserve this weekend!
Rich's favorite part of our Callaway Gardens vacations is seeing the many turtles in the lakes. The two best places to see turtles are in the lake right outside the Discovery Center, and at the little pavilion by Mockingbird Lake. We also saw them sunning themselves on a log in the middle of Hummingbird Lake several times in the late afternoon, prompting Rich to unofficially change the name of the …Read More
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 from photographing, Rich always asks if I've seen any turtles. Too often I have to …Read More
It's hard to believe that Rich and I have been married for seven years. We were married at Bok Tower Gardens, so we decided to go back there today in honor of our anniversary. Rich didn't mind that I brought The Beast along. We saw lots of great baby birds. Since it's our anniversary, I'll be nice and post a turtle picture for Rich. (He does remind me regularly that …Read More
It was hot this morning! We arrived at the Circle B Bar Reserve at 7:00 and hiked the Alligator Alley trail loop. This Great Blue Heron was trying to cool himself with the funky wing position – he wasn't the only one who was hot! We checked on the Great Crested Flycatcher nest by the Nature Center. A very tolerant flycatcher let us get pretty close to him as he …Read More
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 Hideout trail, Rich decided that this turtle deserved his own post. After all, the site …Read More
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 turtle…
Dyeyo and I continued our bird-watching safari. After we saw the Snow Bunting in Palm Coast, we went to Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Rufuge, where several Snow Geese have been reported there over the last week or so. They were there! They usually don't come to Florida. There was a mix of white morph adults and juveniles, and one juvenile blue morph. Dyeyo and I really liked Lake Woodruff. It …Read More
We haven't been seeing very many turtles at the Circle B Bar Reserve lately. But Rich found a kindred turtle spirit living a few blocks away from us. We had to laugh when we first saw this yard statue of a turtle with his golf gear. It felt very appropriate for Stoneybrook West!
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm's bird rookery had a record-breaking four Roseate Spoonbill nests this spring. Two sets of chicks hatched a few weeks ago, but they are not visible from the boardwalk. The other two nests hatched last weekend, and the little guys are so cute! Dyeyo and I watched and waited for the babies to wake up, and we were rewarded for our patience by getting to …Read More
Dyeyo and I felt like going to a new birding spot this morning, and we'd heard good things about the Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area in Lake County, so we drove up there to check it out. It made us realize just how spoiled we are by our Circle B Bar Reserve, which is close to home and offers us such close access to all kinds of birds. Emeralda is more …Read More
This morning Dyeyo and I went back to the Gatorland Rookery to see if some of the nests we saw two weeks ago had any babies yet. We were happily surprised to see how many babies there are in the rookery now. We saw five types of babies: great egrets, anhingas, snowy egrets, tri-colored herons, and wood storks. Oh, and we also saw one very fussy grackle, who had made …Read More
Rich and I decided to take a week off this spring to go to Callaway Gardens to see the azaleas. With the cold winter and early spring rain, the bloom was supposed to be spectacular. It's also very late - so the Callaway Azalea Watch was very helpful in planning our trip. The Mountain Creek Inn was full, so we ended up renting a cottage. It was really nice. We …Read More
Rich and I took his parents to Leu Gardens while they were here in Florida. Being turtle people, they were excited to see the turtles in the pond: I was more excited to see this female ruby-throated hummingbird nectaring. It's late in the year to see hummers in Orlando. I wasn't close enough, and there wasn't enough light, to get a really amazing picture. But this picture clearly serves as …Read More
Dyeyo, Rich, and I visited Grandpa Dave in Juno Beach today. We couldn't go so close to the Turtle Museum (officially named Loggerhead Park) without letting Rich get his turtle fix.
I read about the St. Augustine Alligator Farm in a photography magazine. It's an alligator farm, but wild marsh birds regularly make their nests in the "alligator swamp" each spring. The alligators keep their natural predators away while they raise their young. So Rich and I drove up to St. Augustine to take some pictures…and found we weren't the only ones who made the trip! There were some other birds …Read More
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. This jellyfish looks cool in the picture, but I don't think I'd like to meet …Read More
When I was a kid visiting my grandparents in Juno Beach, we'd often go over to Loggerhead Park, the "Turtle Museum" across the street from my grandparents' condo. So when I married a turtle freak, I told him all about the museum. We finally got to visit and Rich had a great time looking at all the turtles. A whole place dedicated to his favorite animal! This is Jonah. He …Read More
Rich and I read that the Brevard Zoo was hosting a special butterfly exhibit. So we drove over to Melbourne to check it out. There were some very pretty birds in the butterfly exhibit. I'm not sure what they are, but they were very friendly and let me get very close. There were a bunch of different kinds of butterflies and they were all free-flight in the enclosed area as …Read More