My first 2016 trip to the Least Tern colony. I hoped for baby terns and got piggy-back rides instead. Read More
Four Wilson's Plover chicks at the Matanzas Tern Colony challenged me to focus as they ran around the beach like little monkeysRead More
My last visit to the Least Tern colony, where a fledgling danced every time Mom brought in a fish for breakfast! Read More
A quiet morning of lying on the sand yielded some amazing images of two Least Terns with their day-old chick. He was so cute!Read More
This weekend's visit to the Least Tern colony yielded four chicks and many crabs. The chick was so small and cute. :)Read More
Lots of action at the Matanzas Tern Colony, with Least Tern courtship, fish exchanges, and skirmishes with the predator ghost crabs!Read More
I made my first visit to the Least Tern colony in early May, and the birds were in full courtship mode. Lots of fish exchanges!Read More
Back in June, I got to photograph tiny newborn Least Tern chicks with their parents. There was such excitement when Dad brought in a fish!Read More
I finally got to photograph some Least Tern piggy-back rides this spring!Read More
Back in June, I photographed some fun Least Tern courtship. The male's fish was rejected by his unfeeling prospective suitor!Read More
On the morning that I photographed sunrise at Washington Oaks, I also made a stop at the Matanzas Tern Colony. In previous years, I've spent some very special mornings lying on the sand, watching the Least Terns and their tiny chicks. I was a little worried that the birds would find a new nesting site after their colony was devastated by Tropical Storm Beryl last year. But they came back! …Read More
I was pleased to donate the use of one of my photographs to American Bird Conservancy's Help Gulf Birds website aimed at protecting shorebirds on Florida's coasts. Check it out!
Last Saturday I had the privilege of photographing the Least Tern Colony near Fort Matanzas in St. Augustine. The Least Terns are the smallest terns in their family, and each year they come to St. Augustine in the spring to lay their eggs and raise their families. Their nests are nothing more than tiny indentations in the sand, and the local Audubon groups monitor the colony nesting site and provide …Read More
I'm still going through my images from Saturday morning at the Fort Matanzas tern colony. There was a nest that was very very close to us, and it was incredible! So I'll have a full post tomorrow, and until then, here's a teaser…no vacancies!
Ever since my terrific morning photographing the Least Terns at Fort Matanzas last spring, I've been counting the days until their return. I couldn't wait to have more opportunities to photograph these little birds. They return to Florida in the last few weeks of April and begin their courtship behaviors immediately. Their nests are tiny indentures in the sand, and their babies will hatch in late May to early June. …Read More
I went back to the Least Tern Colony at Summer Haven this morning. My friend Michael Libbe came with me, and we had high hopes for a sunny morning and nice close nests. Instead we got fog, a slight drizzle, and not-so-cooperative birds. The nests that were close to the edge of the roped-off area were not there this time. Probably some of the chicks have fledged, and the birds …Read More
Rich thought I was insane when I woke up at 4am on my off-Friday and drove up to St. Augustine. He thought I was even crazier when he heard me describe how I lowered the tripod and lay flat on my stomach to photograph the birds. But look at the results…. :-D The Least Terns come to nest at St. Augustine each year. Last week I drove up to Matanzas …Read More
I found the Matanzas terns! They have moved south to Summer Haven. (Thanks Monique!) I spent a great morning at the colony this morning. I have so many fun pictures that I can't finish the post tonight, so here's a tease. Check back tomorrow for more!!
I'd heard about a Least Tern Colony at Matanzas Inlet. It's the biggest in Florida, numbering up to 200 nests (and yay for Audubon's success in closing the beach to vehicles that were running over the nests and chicks!!) Since I was in the neighborhood this morning, I stopped by to check it out. Except there wasn't much to see! The nesting zone is up in the dunes, and it …Read More