Beyond the Backyard

Put Your Best Spoon Forward!

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I spent last Sunday morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  Boy it feels good to get back out there!  I was happy to find lots and lots of Roseate Spoonbills still hanging around off the Wading Bird Way trail.  I counted over 100!  These beautiful birds are some of my favorite ones to photograph.  About an hour after sunrise, they seemed to get their fill of breakfast, and they started to fly towards me in groups of one or two.  Can you say flight shot practice?  It was like when the American White Pelicans are in town, except pink! Speaking of American White Pelicans, a few of those were also still on the water.  Normally the pelicans roost on the lake in the middle of winter.  I think it’s a little unusual that they are still hanging around.  I’m certainly not complaining, though.  They are fun to watch as they toss fish back into their mouths and swallow. I had to laugh as a Great Blue Heron strutted his stuff…and then got very cautious as a small gator swam by him. We saw the newest Sandhill Crane colts feeding in the early morning.  Several Common Moorhens have families now, […]

Beyond the Backyard

Three Generations

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The days are getting shorter and I’m getting home later and later…not a good combination for new “In the Backyard” shots. Luckily I still have some fun pictures from Circle B last weekend to share. I think it’s supposed to rain most of the weekend. Sad news for photographers! This is a family of Common Moohens – I mean, Common Gallinules — from Circle B last week. I thought it was cool because it clearly shows three generations of birds. The black bird on the left is an adult. The bird on the far right is a juvenile, just starting to get his full red adult beak. The guys in the middle are babies-turning-into-juveniles. Common Gallinules are somewhat special in that the babies from early spring stick around to help the parents raise the second and third clutches of the summer. Their plumage clearly shows who is who. But it’s funny — often you will see the babies refusing food from their older siblings, and waiting for Mom and Dad to hand out the treats!