For Christmas 2009 we got Dyeyo a DSLR and long lens for bird photography. Obsessions really do spread in this family! Here are some of Dyeyo’s favorite shots.
Late October afternoon at Circle B Bar
Even at a distance that makes the picture fuzzy, it’s fun to see the Belted Kingfisher flying off and returning to land on Alligator Flag.
The Purple Gallinule forgets its size and weight as it tries to eat the seeds from the Alligator Flag flowers. The feeding doesn’t stop when the plant collapses under the bird’s weight.
The Snowy Egret is especially white in the afternoon light.
Black Skimmer Colony on Indian Rocks Beach The beach hosts nesting birds each summer. The stars of the show were the baby skimmers who seem to blend into the sand on the beach. There were also some older birds that had fledged several weeks prior. The parent Black Skimmers are very attentive to their young. I’m not sure I’d want to try to convince a baby to swallow the long fish its parent brought in for it to eat! Birds always have time to preen…. It was interesting to see some of the other birds on the beach and to realize these birds eat both fresh and saltwater fish. There were Brown Pelicans, Great White Egrets Laughing Gulls Sandwich Terns and Royal Terns Last and possibly least, just like House Sparrows, it seems there are Rock Pigeons everywhere you go.
May 2013 Birding
It is fun to go birding at places other than Circle B Reserve sometimes especially during breeding season. Even an “everyday bird” like this Rock Pigeon wore its brightest colored feathers at Lake Morton in Lakeland. It was fun to go birding in the area of two different cattle pastures recently. Baby Burrowing Owls kept company with a Meadowlark. It is difficult to get good pictures of birds in the distance on a cloudy day… Bluebirds stood look-out on the utility lines. A Swallowtail Kite who, with many others, gorged itself on grasshoppers in a grassy pasture. It would have been fun if the gopher tortortoise had popped out of its burrow while we were there. Despite the pine forest in the area, this Red-headed Woodpecker preferred the top of utility poles for a nest cavity. The American Kestrel is always an amazingly colored bird and was a treat to see. Anyone who is willing to be patient will probably find good birding in Florida any time of the year.
Windy Morning at Bar B
May 5, 2013 The pair of Fulvous Whistling-Ducks didn’t seem to know that they are somewhat unusual visitors this far south. The Common Moorhen (on the right) didn’t seem to mind them at all. For about two weeks each spring we may have the opportunity to see the migrating Bobolinks. There have been flocks of 100+ birds, but they easily hide in the bushes and in the tall grass. It is interesting to see that the female Bobolinks really do look alot like their cousins the female Redwings, and to see the white feathers on the backs of the males.