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Springtime Nature Therapy at LAWD

May 13, 2018 - Speaking of babies, the Common Gallinule chicks are already all over the wildlife drive.... Here's another Common Gallinule, this one on a nest.... Read more

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Another Summer Morning on LAWD

August 5, 2017 - This Common Gallinule family was fun to watch....  After watching a Common Gallinule family on their nest a few weeks before, I think I was more aware of the interactions between the babies and their older sibling (previous clutch).... Read more

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The Fun Continues at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

June 16, 2017 -  Highlights of this visit include baby Killdeer, a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, a Roseate Spoonbill, and the ever-present baby aliens (Common Gallinules).... The first birds that I stopped to photograph were a family of Common Gallinules....  The Common Gallinules are one of the few bird families where the older juveniles from…... Read more

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Early May at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

May 14, 2016 - Common Gallinules are regulars in the waters alongside the berm roads....  You may be wondering if these are baby aliens, but trust me, the ornithologists have clearly classified these little guys as Common Gallinules!... Read more

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Springtime at Lakes Morton and Mirror

May 13, 2015 - We spotted a Common Gallinule with two tiny chicks, then we spotted another with juvenile "teenagers."   This one seemed to be asking one of the hard questions of childhood...."Mommy, am I a boy or a girl?" One of my favorite things about visiting Lake Morton in the spring is…... Read more

Put Your Best Spoon Forward!

June 1, 2012 - ...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.  […] Read more

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Three Generations

October 7, 2011 - This is a family of Common Moohens - I mean, Common Gallinules -- from Circle B last week.... 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.... Read more

Expect the Unexpected at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 17, 2011 - There are almost always families of Common Moorhens Common Gallinules in the "Four Corners" area.  Today was no exception, and they were on a perfect sun angle.  One adult looked at me and just begged to have his picture taken.  Of course I had to oblige...... Bird Species List (32…... Read more

Early Migrants at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 12, 2011 - ...You know that the hot summer is coming to a close at the Circle B Bar Reserve when you start seeing the first Pied-Billed Grebes on the Wading Bird Way trail.  Although grebes are year-round residents in Polk, I don’t seem to see them until the very end of summer.  The same goes for the […] Read more

First of Season Warblers at CBBR!

August 19, 2011 - ...How are kitten care and warbler photography alike? Neither subject will stay still! This morning I enjoyed an off-Friday sunrise at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  I saw my first warblers of the season!  Two Yellow Warblers and one Prairie Warbler spent a pleasant 15 minutes posing for me in the top of a tree […] Read more

Quiet Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

August 7, 2011 - ...Herman made me go back to the Circle B Bar Reserve this morning after he posted a picture of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Flickr.  I took the Beast and set up in front of the Morning Glory vines where he saw the bird.  I waited about a half hour, but no hummers came.  So I […] Read more

The Eagle has Landed at CBBR

July 31, 2011 - ...The Bald Eagle has returned to his nest on the sandhill at the Circle B Bar Reserve!  I was very happy to hear him and then confirm that he was sitting just above the nest. It’s been almost a month since Dyeyo and I went to Circle B, so we were both excited to get […] Read more

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 was a ton of activity.  […] Read more

Expect the Unexpected at Viera Wetlands

July 4, 2011 - There were Common Moorhens (or I guess Common Gallinules, as they are now called) everywhere, with chicks of all ages.  I’ve been wanting to find recently-hatched chicks up close.  At that age they are so ugly that they are adorable!  We lucked out and found a whole family that was…... Read more

More Baby Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

April 30, 2011 - ...This morning started out slow at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  We’re getting into the time of year when there are fewer birds at the reserve, and you don’t get as many great photo ops as you do during the winter.  But I find that the baby birds are just as fun to photograph as […] Read more

The Newest Celebrity at the Circle B Bar Reserve

April 2, 2011 - ...This winter the American Bittern and the King Rail were the stars at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  This spring, the Sandhill Crane colt that frequents the Heron Hideout trail is quickly becoming the newest celebrity at the park. This morning I met Michael Libbe at sunrise and we found the Sandhill Crane family out […] Read more

Bitterns Saying Hello at Circle B Bar Reserve

January 7, 2011 - ...I headed to the Circle B Bar Reserve on my off-Friday determined to remember to check the eagle’s nest next to the Nature Center.  I always seem to forget to walk over and check it on my way out! As I arrived at the nest, I saw one Bald Eagle sitting on it.  Another eagle […] Read more

A New Place to Explore: Viera Wetlands

November 26, 2010 - ...I’ve heard birders mention Viera Wetlands so often that I had to get over there to see it for myself. It reminds me of Circle B Bar Reserve in that it is a local wetlands area with great birds — and unlike Circle B, which is so dry right now, this wetlands had plenty of […] Read more

Activity Starting to Pick up at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 12, 2010 - ...I keep running into photographers at the Circle B Bar Reserve who complain that nothing is happening. They remember the thousands of pelicans and myriad of other species seen last November through April. There isn’t as much activity now, but there’s still plenty to photograph, especially if you know where to look! The plan this […] Read more

Migrants Making their Way to Circle B

August 28, 2010 - ...It was a cloudy, foggy, and humid morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  As we headed out Heron Hideout into more and more fog, we doubted that we would see much.  But it turned out to be our most productive species morning in several months.  The migratory birds are definitely making their way back […] Read more

Black-Bellied Whistling Ducklings at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

August 15, 2010 - ...Dyeyo and I spent another great morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve today.  We went with hopes of seeing some migratory warblers or wading birds.  Dyeyo did see a Northern Parula, but our major excitements today were the Yellow-Crowned Night Warbler and the baby Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks! The sunrise was slow this morning.  Dyeyo […] Read more

Another beautiful morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

July 18, 2010 - ...Dyeyo and I arrived at the Circle B Bar Reserve at 6:30 am to enjoy a nice warm morning of birding! The sunrise over Lake Hancock was gorgeous.  Since our favorite Marsh Rabbit Run trail is closed, we took the Alligator Alley trail instead.  The breeze down by the lake felt wonderful as we enjoyed […] Read more

Birds and Babies and Alligators, Oh my!

June 27, 2010 - ...Dyeyo and I enjoyed our hike around the Circle B Bar Reserve again this morning.  We saw our usual assortment of birds and babies, plus a few surprises… The Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks continue to make Circle B their summer home.  Their calls can be heard all over the marshes at all hours of the morning.  […] 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 - ...The peak bird migration is definitely past, and some would say that this is the “slow period” for birding at Circle B Bar Reserve. Dyeyo and I are finding that the babies popping up throughout the preserve still make our walks very rewarding! This morning we arrived at the Circle B Bar Reserve at dawn […] Read more

Sunrise at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 29, 2010 - ...The increasingly hot temperatures drove Dyeyo and me to the Circle B Bar Reserve at 6:30 this morning, to allow us time for birding before the heat set in. I was amazed to see the marsh at sunrise. It was like a whole other world, with dewdrops glistening in the rising sun, and the grasses […] Read more

Little Birds Galore at Circle B Bar Reserve

March 20, 2010 - ...The trees at the Circle B Bar Reserve were full of little birds today. The warblers are so cute.  This yellow rumped warbler wasn’t sure about the crazy photographer underneath him. There were tons of warblers today (palm, pine, yellow-rumped, and common yellowthroats), but we didn’t see or hear a single blue-gray gnatcatcher.  That was […] Read more

American White Pelicans Roosting at Circle B Bar Reserve

December 28, 2009 - ...The air was full of American White Pelicans at the Circle B Bar Reserve this morning. A huge flock of the pelicans is roosting on the lake at Wading Bird Way.  I took the camera and pointed straight at the sky as they flew overhead: It was cool to hear the “whoosh!” of all their […] Read more

Roses and Baby Birds at Leu Gardens

May 31, 2009 - ...Rich and I went to Leu Gardens this morning to see roses and turtles. We were pleasantly surprised to see a Common Moorhen in the lake, with her baby nearby! The baby was fussing its head off (it reminded us of Squirt when he’s hungry). We saw a juvenile cardinal, too. Nearby, Daddy Cardinal kept […] Read more