Hooded Oriole

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

Black-Necked Stilt

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

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

Black-Necked Stilt

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

Black-Necked Stilt

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

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

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

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

Baby Birds at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 31, 2010 - Female Red-Winged Blackbird on Cattail Speaking of fussy birds, I noticed a Black-necked Stilt off in the marsh, as it chased away a White Ibis.... Black-necked Stilt chick One of the other photographers remarked that the stilt babies were "little white fuzzballs." Then a few yards down the path, he…... Read more