Bottoms Up!

January, 29, 2012 - The most frustrating part about photographing ducks is that they give you far too many "butt-shot" opportunities.  Of course, if I was a duck and I had to dive for food, I guess I'd spend a lot of time with my head underwater as well!  I spent some time watching…... Read more

Mirror, Mirror, in the Lake…Who’s the Most Handsome Drake?

January, 7, 2012 - I had been hoping for some Green-Winged Teals, but all I found were Blue-Winged Teals.... Bird Species List (31 total): American Coot, American White Pelican, Anhinga, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown Pelican, Caspian Tern, Common Gallinule, Eastern Phoebe (heard), Gadwall, Glossy Ibis, Great…... Read more

Blue-Winged Teal

Birds Posing on Palms at Viera Wetlands

November, 22, 2011 - I made a first pass around the wetlands.  I saw Blue-Winged Teals and American Coots galore, but not so many other ducks.  I was hoping for a Hooded Merganser, but I didn't find one.  The Blue-Winged Teals put on a "morning bathtime" show for me.  It was such fun to…... Read more

Gadwall

Flight Shots at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November, 14, 2011 - Yesterday (Sunday) was a great morning for flight shots at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  The sunrise was pretty, then the birds were flying from the lake on Wading Bird Way across the trail towards Lake Hancock.  I saw Blue-Winged Teals, Green-Winged Teals, Gadwalls, American Wigeons, Northern Shovelers, and Mottled…... Read more

Hoodies at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

January, 29, 2011 - (fine by me...) Great Blue Heron I never get tired of photographing the little Blue-Winged Teals that swim in the canals right next to the trail.... Blue-Winged Teal Herman was there this morning to watch the eagle nests for the Audubon Eagle Watch program.... https://vimeo.com/341231911 Species List: American Bittern, American…... Read more

Circle B Bar Reserve: the Photographer’s Playground!

January, 8, 2011 - Osprey with nesting material We saw Killdeer, White Ibises, Blue-Winged Teals, the Osprey, and a Red-Shouldered Hawk on Heron Hideout.  As we approached the "Four Corners" intersection with Marsh Rabbit Run, we started to see Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks.  It's funny to see them flying with their faces all covered in…... Read more

Blue-Winged Teal

Frosty Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

December, 29, 2010 - Wilson's Snipe This shot was actually quite foggy before I adjusted it with Shadows and Highlights in Photoshop.  I loved the still water and the almost-perfect reflection of the Blue-Winged Teal.... Blue-Winged Teal The morning was quite pretty after the fog cleared up.  I took some bracketed exposures for HDR…... Read more

Blue-Winged Teal

Diving Hoodies at Viera Wetlands

December, 28, 2010 - Female Hooded Merganser There were plenty of Blue-Winged Teals at Viera Wetlands.  The teals seem so small when you see them next to other ducks.  Yet when you see them by themselves, they seem like normal sized ducks.  I like it when they show their blue wings, which they did…... Read more

Blue-Winged Teal

Sunny Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

December, 10, 2010 - Pied-Billed Grebe There were tons of Blue-Winged Teals out today.... I liked the blue and green feather patches shown in this picture: Blue-Winged Teals I was excited to see Ring-Necked Ducks out on Wading Bird Way.... Species list: Anhinga, American Coot, American Goldfinch, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Black Vulture,…... Read more

Blue-Winged Teal

A New Place to Explore: Viera Wetlands

November, 26, 2010 - The wetlands were covered in American Coots and Blue-Winged Teals.... American Coot Also abundant were the Blue-Winged Teals.... I was surprised to learn that the "blue" winged teals have bright metallic green speculums, as shown by this guy here: Blue-Winged Teal The Blue-Winged Teals were the smallest of the ducks…... Read more

Blue-Winged Teal

Seeing is Believing: There Really are Otters at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

November, 14, 2010 - Today there were dozens of little birds hopping around in the canopy, including the first Yellow-Rumped Warbler I've seen at Circle B this fall: Yellow-Rumped Warbler A small group of Blue-Winged Teals greeted us as we reached Wading Bird Way.... Blue-Winged Teals But the bird most visible on Wading Bird…... Read more

Blue-Winged Teal

More Winter Birds Have Arrived at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November, 12, 2010 - https://vimeo.com/341092907 Off in the distance behind the whistlers, I saw this male Blue-Winged Teal.... Blue-Winged Teal I reached Wading Bird Way and saw hundreds of American Coots.... Species list: Anhinga, American Coot, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Common Moorhen, Common Yellowthroat, Double-Crested Cormorant, Eastern…... Read more