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2019: Photographic Year in Review

December 31, 2019 - From the tall Black-necked Stilts to the camera-evading warblers, the fast-flying Barn Swallows and the big-footed baby Purple Gallinules, it was a year full of avian opportunity.... Around Lake Apopka: House Wren, Black-and-white Warbler, Blue-winged Teals mating, Black-necked Stilt, Sunset, Pied-billed Grebe with Chicks, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Least Bittern, Fulvous…... Read more

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Bird Family Vignettes from Lake Apopka

June 21, 2019 - I headed to Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive in late May with the hopes of finding some Black-necked Stilt babies.... Black-necked Stilt Family #1 This Black-necked Stilt family nested very close to the road.... Black-necked Stilt Family #2 This next family has stopped traffic on recent weekends because the adults kept…... Read more

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Lakeland Christmas Bird Count 2014

December 21, 2014 -  I hopped out to photograph the Black-necked Stilts (another inland rarity) next to the American Avocets....  Yet other species, like the Limpkins and Black-necked Stilts, were found in record numbers.... Read more

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Lakeland Christmas Bird Count 2013 – I Found Pelicans!

December 22, 2013 -  Known rarities in the area included Black-necked Stilt and American Avocet....  I was surprised to learn that the Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets can be found in the wintertime, so far inland....  We stopped to document the Black-necked Stilts (a.k.a.... Read more

A Morning of Firsts at the Click Ponds

July 30, 2011 - The sounds of Black-Necked Stilts are all over the ponds these days.  There were lots of adults and juveniles, plus a couple of babies.  They fuss a lot.  I waited until one had a good reflection, then framed a shot… Some birders told us where to find the Stilt Sandpipers,…... Read more

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Productive Morning at the Viera Click Ponds

July 23, 2011 - After hearing on Birdbrains about the early fall migrants at Viera Wetlands, I had to make a trip over there.  The wetlands itself was very unproductive, with not even the Purple Gallinules showing themselves to me.  No Black-bellied Whistling Ducks greeted me, either.  But over in the Click Ponds, there…... Read more

Cute Babies at Viera Wetlands

July 9, 2011 - I went to Viera Wetlands on Saturday morning.  After all the rain on Friday, I wasn’t optimistic about the light level (I actually didn’t decide to make the drive until Saturday morning at 5am!)  There was virtually no sun till the very end of the morning, but the babies were cute and…... Read more

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Black-necked Stilts

June 30, 2011 - We haven't been able to walk much lately because of the rains.  I'm curious if the Black-necked Stilts are still hanging around the pond in the back of Spinnaker Cove.  They seem to be around at twilight and they don't let me get very close...two factors that work against my…... Read more

Tiny Stilts and Willets at Merritt Island NWR

June 12, 2011 - This morning I was off to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) in search of baby Black-Necked Stilts.  I'd seen a very photographable nest there last weekend, and I was hoping to see chicks there today.  At first I was disappointed – the nest was deserted.... Baby Black-Necked Stilt I…... Read more

Life on Stilts at MINWR

June 3, 2011 - It's not often that I devote a Beyond The Backyard blog post exclusively to one bird.  But after spending the morning at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, I had a ton of great images of Black-Necked Stilts.  They are all over!... Black-Necked Stilt I found a nest that was…... Read more

Bobolink-less Morning at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 14, 2011 - Purple Gallinule Lynn showed us where a pair of Black Stilts has been hanging out.  They were close enough to get good pictures, even though I was hand-holding The Beast (with the fog, it wasn't worth lugging the tripod!) Black-Necked Stilt I don't normally care much for the alligators at…... Read more

Sunset Stilt

May 9, 2011 - There is usually a Black-Necked Stilt at the pond behind Lakehurst these nights.  Sometimes there are two, but more often one.  I wonder if there's a nest nearby??  I'd love to have babies close by!... Black-Necked Stilt... Read more

Mothers and Babies at the Circle B Bar Reserve

May 8, 2011 - Roseate Spoonbill I was hoping to see babies in the Osprey nest in the big dead palm tree, but we just saw the two adult birds.  One brought food for the other, and they didn't seem to be sharing with any little guys deep down in the nest.  I can't…... Read more

More Baby Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

April 30, 2011 - A single Black-Necked Stilt flew overhead as we watched the Osprey nest.  It's the first stilt I've seen at the reserve this spring.  Later we saw another fly over, and a pair of them seemed to fight in the air over Eagle Roost.... Black-Necked Stilt I spotted an adult Black-Crowned…... Read more

Lazy Saturday in the Backyard

April 16, 2011 - Bald Eagle We also found a pair of Black-Necked Stilts down at the "Surprise Pond" behind Lakehurst.  That's where I seem to find the most unusual birds in the neighborhood.  It was twilight and I couldn't get a great picture, but here's my "I really did see them!" proof.... Black-Necked…... Read more

Beautiful Morning at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

April 3, 2011 - After hearing  time after time about how great the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is, Dyeyo decided that he wanted to go with me and see it.  It was a pretty foggy morning, but the sun burned off the fog just as we arrived at the refuge around 8:30.  The…... Read more

Birds and Babies and Alligators, Oh my!

June 27, 2010 - Sand Hill Crane juvenile A bunch of fussy birds flew overhead, and even before I could make them out clearly, I knew they must be Black-necked Stilts.  Those birds make so much noise!  We've never seen a group of them this big at Circle B.... Black-necked Stilts A Tricolored Heron…... Read more

Magical Sunrise at Circle B Bar Reserve

June 13, 2010 - Purple Gallinule Across the dike and down a bit is the Black-Necked Stilt nest.  We heard the mother fussing before we saw the stilts today.  The babies have gotten bigger, and I guess the mother isn't quite as protective now, because there was a pair of Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks right…... Read more

Slow Morning at Circle B Bar Reserve

June 6, 2010 - ...Dyeyo and I went to the Circle B Bar Reserve at 6:30 this morning to enjoy the early morning light with our birds.  Unfortunately, the sun didn’t really come up because it was so cloudy.  We still had a good time birding. The first bird we saw was this Little Blue Heron, who posed for […] Read more