Fantastic photography at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive (LAWD) on a sunny winter morning. Ash-throated Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Horned Grebe, and more!
The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive reopened just before Christmas. Even a foggy day there is a good day, complete with Merlin, Gadwall, American Wigeon, and a Vermilion Flycatcher!
Meet my backyard spoilsport, also known as a Cooper’s Hawk!
This is my mom’s nemesis bird – the hawk that disturbs her little birdies at their feeders! He flew up on top of this phone pole the last time I was there. I grabbed the Beast and hand-held a few shots before he flew off. We knew he was either a Cooper’s Hawk or a […]
It was a gorgeous morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve. The temperatures were cool, there was a little breeze, and the winter birds are coming back. The Belted Kingfishers were posed on the power lines at the entrance to the reserve, and within a few minutes of parking, I’d located my first of fall […]
Normally I seem to photograph juvenile Cooper’s Hawks. The other night we were walking in the neighborhood, and we came across this adult Cooper’s. Look at that bright red eye! The lighting was quite uneven, but I like how the light shows the eye so clearly. The hawk looked at me for a split second, […]
The windy weather forecast kept me at home this morning. So Rich and the cats and I had a lazy morning. It can be nice to stay at home and enjoy your backyard birds, too! I’m pretty sure there is a Brown Thrasher nest in the backyard. I’ve been seeing Brown Thrashers in the yard […]
I saw my first-ever King Rail at the Circle B Reserve tonight. I went for a sunset walk before the Lake Region Audubon Society meeting, where Fred Bassett gave an excellent talk about hummingbirds that winter in Florida. There were plenty of people out to enjoy the sunset, including a nice couple of saw me […]
Another cold front passed through today, making our first day of Christmas break a very rainy one. We were cooped up inside all morning, then finally I couldn’t take it anymore and we went for a walk between showers. It was an unusually active walk (or maybe I’m already used to our Standard Time nighttime […]
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 […]
Things are certainly picking up at the Circle B Bar Reserve. Besides seeing the first American Coots of the season, this morning we saw a juvenile Bald Eagle doing some nice close fly-bys, three Roseate Spoonbills, and plenty of Gray Catbirds and Eastern Phoebes. Last night when we left at sunset, we said good night […]
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 […]