Stars and Beaks Forever

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2017 - ...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, […] Read more

Stars and Beaks Forever!

July 4, 2012 - ...Happy Fourth of July! I took this image several years ago.  At the time I thought it was one of my best images.  After revisiting it today, I realized how under-exposed and noisy the original capture was!  I attempted to clean it up with post-processing. Read more

A Foggy Morning Turns Cute at the Circle B Bar Reserve

March 29, 2012 - Bird Species List (30 total): American Coot, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher (heard), Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Black-Necked Stilt, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Caspian Tern, Common Gallinule, Common Yellowthroat, Double-Crested Cormorant, Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Limpkin, Northern Cardinal, Osprey, Palm Warbler, Pied-Billed Grebe, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Red-winged…... Read more

Painted Bunting at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

December 3, 2011 - We spotted this juvenile Bald Eagle flying overhead.... Bird Species List (37 total): American Coot, American Goldfinch (heard), American Kestrel, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown Pelican, Common Gallinule, Common Yellowthroat, Cooper's Hawk, Double-Crested Cormorant, Eastern Phoebe, Glossy Ibis, Gray Catbird, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret,…... Read more

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Winter Birds are Returning to the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 23, 2011 - Then we spotted the Bald Eagles, who continue to carry nesting material across the marsh as they rebuild their nest by the Nature Center.... Bird Species List (31 total): American Coot, American Kestrel, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Common Gallinule, Common…... Read more

Lazy Saturday in the Backyard

April 16, 2011 - Cooper's Hawk The Bald Eagles continue to have a presence in the neighborhood.  I think they fly over Stoneybrook to Black Lake to gather food for their baby on the nest.  It's quite convenient when they fly overhead in nice sunset light!... Bald Eagle We also found a pair of…... Read more

Some Backyard Surprises

April 12, 2011 - There was an adult Bald Eagle down by Black Lake a few nights ago when we walked.  We walked right past him, then I pulled Rich back and said "look!"  Some neighbors were a little suspicious of my camera and wondered what in the world I was up to.  They…... Read more

A Productive Afternoon Walk!

April 9, 2011 - I was feeling tired this morning, so I slept in instead of heading to Fort DeSoto to watch for migrant birds.  As much as I wanted to photograph Indigo Buntings, I wasn't too sorry that I stayed home.  Rich and I were driving down Stoneybrook West Parkway when I noticed…... Read more

Quiet Morning at Fort De Soto

March 12, 2011 - ...I drove over to Fort De Soto on Saturday morning in hopes of finding some early migrant warblers.  There have also been a Reddish Egret in full breeding plumage and a Long-Billed Curlew hanging out at the North Beach lagoon.  I had high hopes of some good photography, but unfortunately, it was a pretty quiet […] Read more

February Photo Walk at Circle B Bar Reserve

February 26, 2011 - Species List: American Bittern, American Coot, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black Vulture, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Cattle Egret, Common Yellowthroat, Common Moorhen, Cooper's Hawk, Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Phoebe, Fish Crow, Glossy Ibis, Gray Catbird, Great Blue Heron, Great…... Read more

Spring is in the Air at the Circle B Bar Reserve

February 12, 2011 - Juvenile White-Crowned Sparrow   Species List: American Bittern, American Coot, American Goldfinch, American Kestrel, American Robin, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Black Vulture, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Cattle Egret, Common Moorhen, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Phoebe, Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Killdeer, King Rail, Laughing Gull, Lesser Yellowlegs,…... Read more

Baby Eaglets!

February 1, 2011 - ...I drove over to Greenwood Cemetery on Saturday to peek at the eagle nest in a pine tree there.  I wasn’t the only photographer who spent the morning at Circle B and took a side trip to the cemetery on the way home! The baby eagles are bigger than they were two weeks ago.  They […] Read more

Baby Eagle!!

January 15, 2011 - Thanks to Michael Libbe, who told me that there is a nest of Bald Eagles at the Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando with tiny babies inside!  Rich and I stopped at the cemetery on a trip to Colonial Photo and Hobby.  I heard the babies before I saw them, and I…... Read more

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Snow Bunting! at Palm Coast Waterfront Park

December 20, 2010 - Snow Bunting While we waited for the bunting to move into the light, we got to watch the other birds flying by.  We saw a juvenile Bald Eagle circling overhead: Juvenile Bald Eagle Ring-billed Gulls flew up and down, grabbing fish out of the water and flying away with them. …... Read more

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What’s Going On Up There?

December 17, 2010 - Roseate Spoonbill Then some people pointed out the Bald Eagle that had just landed nearby (at the Heron Hideout/parking lot path intersection).  I backtracked so that I could get closer.  The bird didn't seem to care that he had a fan club gathered underneath him.  I pointed my camera in…... Read more

Lots of Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 24, 2010 - Black-Bellied Whistling Duck Way off in the distance we spotted a Bald Eagle circling with an Osprey.... Bald Eagle and Osprey The Red-Winged Blackbirds have returned to the marsh.... Glossy Ibis Species list: Anhinga, American Coot, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-Tailed Grackle, Cardinal,…... Read more

Winter Birding at Callaway Gardens

November 27, 2008 - ...We went to Callaway Gardens to see the Fantasy in Lights display, but during the day, we had a great time walking around the gardens. There are so many birds at Callaway! The Callaway Birds of Prey show is fun. They pick three of about ten of their birds to display during each show, and […] Read more