Hooded Oriole

2019: Photographic Year in Review

December 31, 2019 - Beach photography at Fort De Soto: Black-bellied Plover in flight, Red Knot, Royal Tern courtship, Least Tern courtship, Black Skimmers, Black-bellied Plover in breeding plumage For years I've read about the famous Cape Coral Burrowing Owls, and this year we finally made the trip down there.... Read more


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August 15, 2019 - Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling Emergence!!Out of the Egg: I Saw a Sandhill Crane Hatch!!!Snowy Owl in FloridaAtlantic Puffins on Machias Seal IslandNewborn Sandhill Crane Baby at NestPrecious Moments with the Least TernsBlack Skimmer ColonySwallow-tailed Kite RoostCygnets for Mother's Day A Rainbow of Color at Fort De SotoGreat Horned Owl Nest at Fort…... Read more

Black Skimmer

First Black Skimmer Babies

June 24, 2019 - You may recall that I recently scouted out a Black Skimmer colony and observed lots of mating and courtship behaviors.... Knowing that the incubation time for Black Skimmers is 21-23 days, I calculated the time when I should head back and find babies.... A few Black Skimmers were fishing in…... Read more

Black Skimmer

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 14, 2017 - Least Tern Mother & Chick Roseate Spoonbill Mother & Baby Black Skimmer Mother & Baby Sandhill Crane Mother & Colt Great Horned Owl Mother & Babies Mute Swan Mother & Cygnet  ... Read more

Least Tern Mother and Baby

Year in Review: Photographic Memories of 2015

December 31, 2015 - My dad and I made it over to Black Skimmer colony once this year, to find that the colony had hatched early this year and most of the chicks were well into their "tween" period between tiny chicks and awkward juveniles.... Read more

Least Tern Fish Exchange

Year in Review: 2014

December 30, 2014 - Luck was on the side of the Black Skimmers this year, as no tropical storms or hurricanes interfered with the nesting colony on the West Coast of Florida....  I spent several happy afternoons sprawled on the sand, photographing the tiny wonders that are newborn Black Skimmers.... Read more

Black Skimmer

Juvenile Black Skimmers in Flight

July 31, 2014 - The baby Black Skimmers sure have grown!...  I returned to Indian Rocks two weekends ago to try for juvenile Black Skimmers in flight....  The juvenile Black Skimmers went wading in the tidal pools, which gave them a chance to get a drink and practice walk-skimming without having to deal with…... Read more

Black Skimmer

Juvenile Black Skimmers Meet the Water

July 25, 2014 - Two weeks after visiting the week-old skimmers, I headed back to Indian Rocks Beach to visit "my babies."   I hoped that the oldest Black Skimmer babies, now teenagers, would start venturing down to the water.... The Black Skimmers didn't seem bothered by the waves that would crash around them as…... Read more

Black Skimmer

Week-Old Black Skimmers are Still Cute!

July 19, 2014 - The baby Black Skimmers that I photographed four weeks ago as hatchlings are already learning to fly....  The week-old Black Skimmers are much bigger than when they first hatched, but they are still pretty cute!...  "Mom, little Johnny in the next hole says that these little stubs are for flying...when can I do that,…... Read more

Fish Toss!

More Cute Baby Black Skimmers

July 7, 2014 - My first evening with the cute baby Black Skimmers two weeks ago was so good that I had to return the very next evening to get another dose of my favorite summertime subjects....  I know, I know, all the Florida nature photographers are posting Black Skimmer chicks right now....  Incubation…... Read more

Snowy Owl in Florida

Snowy Owl in Florida!!!

January 5, 2014 - I was so excited with the prospect of seeing the Snowy Owl that I almost walked right by the regulars on the beach, including wintering Black Skimmers Not knowing the area well, my dad and I decided to walk the beach and hope that the Snowy Owl would come back.... Read more

Black Skimmer

Two-Week Old Black Skimmers

August 13, 2013 - Several weeks ago, I returned to the Black Skimmer colony at Indian Rocks Beach to photograph the two-week old Black Skimmers.... The little guys had grown up quite a bit since I photographed them as newborns.  Some would say that the two-week old Black Skimmers are less cute than when…... Read more

Black Skimmer

Black Skimmer Colony: Day 1

June 23, 2011 - I love my off-Fridays!  Rich and I took advantage of our three-day weekend to drive out to Indian Shores, where there is a nesting colony of Black Skimmers.  The colony is located near the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a really neat non-profit bird hospital.  The sanctuary rehabilitates birds and releases them…... Read more

My First Trip to Fort De Soto

September 4, 2010 - Laughing Gull - comfort first Laughing Gull - juvenile The sandpipers were so cute, running around in the sand.  They are so fast!  At one point a small flock of them flew out over the Gulf, and the silvery reflections that their wings gave off was beautiful.  They looked like…... Read more