Sunset at the Polk Rookery

April 8, 2013 -  A couple of Great Blue Herons have fledged already, and my favorites, the Roseate Spoonbills, had several nests....  The Great Blue Herons nest earlier than anybody, sometimes starting nest construction as early as November and December.... Read more

East Beach Sunrise

May 9, 2012 - I had fun photographing the sunrise on the morning that I went to Fort De Soto to look for migrants.  When I arrived at the East Beach turnaround, the sun was just beginning to peek out from over the horizon.  I spotted a Great Blue Heron near me, so I…... Read more

Great Blue Heron

How Quickly They Grow Up!

April 16, 2012 - So instead I photographed the Great Blue Heron fledglings, who are still loafing around in their treetop nests.  They are big enough to try to fly, but young enough still to start that incessant little "feed me!... feed me!" cry whenever an adult heron flies by.  I guess it's their…... Read more

Nesting Great Blue Herons

March 9, 2012 - Last weekend at Viera Wetlands I had a good time watching some Great Blue Heron nests.  This first nest had two small chicks, and the parents were being careful to keep the nest built up well around their young offspring.  One particularly long stick was rather problematic.  It was so…... Read more

Return of the Spring

March 5, 2012 - We'll conclude the "Lord of the Rings"-inspired post titles with the "Return of the Spring"...and of the Beast to Viera Wetlands!  The weather for Saturday morning was iffy at best, with fog and wind in the forecast.  I decided to head to Viera, figuring that the nesting Great Blue Herons…... Read more

Great Blue Heron

The Fellowship of the Nest

March 3, 2012 - I didn't hike all the way up Marsh Rabbit Run after spending some time watching the cranes.  Instead I doubled back and hiked the Alligator Alley trail.  There's a spot along that trail where the trail bends away from the marsh towards the lake.  That little corner is what I…... Read more

Great Blue Heron

Nesting Great Blue Herons

January 24, 2012 - On my last day of Christmas break, Dyeyo and I went to Viera Wetlands.  The highlight of the morning were a couple of nesting pairs of Great Blue Herons.  They brought sticks in to their nests, gave us courtship shots, and then initiated the egg-making process.... Read more

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

January 7, 2012 - Plenty of Great Blue Herons were fishing for their breakfasts.... 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 Blue Heron, Great Egret, Greater…... Read more

The Sun Finally Came out at the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 30, 2011 - Further down on Wading Bird Way, a Great Blue Heron caught a fish.... Bird Species List (33 total): American Coot, American Kestrel, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue Jay, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Boat-tailed Grackle, Common Gallinule, Double-Crested Cormorant, Eastern Phoebe, Glossy Ibis, Gray Catbird, Great Blue Heron, Great…... Read more

Great Blue Heron

Early Migrants at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 12, 2011 - Bird Species List (33 total): Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Barn Swallow, Black Vulture, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Blue Jay, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Caspian Tern, Common Moorhen, Double-Crested Cormorant, Grackle sp., Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Killdeer (heard), Least Sandpiper, Limpkin, Little Blue Heron, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Northern Parula, Osprey,…... Read more

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo on Marsh Rabbit Run!

August 5, 2011 - A Great Blue Heron also posed on a post.  He looked pretty silly with his wings spread out.  He wanted to say "hi" to all the blog readers!... Bird Species List (21 total): American Coot, Anhinga, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Boat-tailed Grackle, Common Moorhen, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Killdeer, Limpkin,…... Read more

Nesting Season Winds Down at Polk Rookery

July 10, 2011 - It seems appropriate, in a circularly twisted way, to post a picture of the only Great Blue Heron fledgling today, on our last visit.  Typically the Great Blue Herons are the first to nest at the rookery, arriving in December.  The rest of the birds don't show up till February-March-ish. …... Read more

Summer Heat Begins at the Circle B Bar Reserve

May 22, 2011 - It was hot this morning!  We arrived at the Circle B Bar Reserve at 7:00 and hiked the Alligator Alley trail loop.  This Great Blue Heron was trying to cool himself with the funky wing position – he wasn't the only one who was hot!... Great Blue Heron We checked…... Read more

Spring Morning at Viera Wetlands

April 17, 2011 - Cattle Egret A Roseate Spoonbill flew past.  We saw a total of three this morning (or maybe it was the same bird that moved around as much as we did?) Roseate Spoonbill Then we started crossing the cells diagonally and found a bunch of photographers watching a Great Egret nest. …... Read more

March Photo Walk at the Circle B Bar Reserve

March 26, 2011 - When we finally moved on, we continued to see Great Blue Herons left and right.  This one posed nicely on an open branch, with good frontal lighting.  We also saw Limpkins, Glossy and White Ibises, even a pair of Bald Eagles off in the distance.... Great Blue Heron Some of…... Read more

Let’s Go Build a Nest! (Polk Rookery)

March 20, 2011 - Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery, this one is totally wild.  There were hundreds of birds there, most of them sporting their breeding plumages.  We saw Great Egrets, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Black-Crowned Night Herons, White Ibises, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Little Blue Herons, Brown Pelicans, Double-Crested Cormorants, Anhingas,…... Read more

Sunset Bobcat at the Circle B Bar Reserve

March 11, 2011 - Anhinga A Great Blue Heron flew in, circling around a couple of times and giving me a chance to get focused on him.  How nice of him!... Great Blue Heron As I admired the setting sun, a juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron flew in and posed on a post for me. …... Read more

You Know it’s Springtime at Circle B Bar Reserve if…

February 20, 2011 - American Goldfinch You would think I'd get bored with taking pictures of Great Blue Herons, my favorite "fisherbirds" that can be found year-round at Circle B.... Great Blue Heron I heard a "meooow!... King Rail Species List: American Bittern, American Coot, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher,…... Read more

My First Orange-Crowned Warbler at the Circle B Bar Reserve

January 30, 2011 - Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher We've been noticing more Great Blue Herons (a.k.a.... Great Blue Heron A pair of Red-Bellied Woodpeckers landed on the same tree near the lake.... "See you next weekend!" Swamp Sparrow Species List: American Bittern, American Coot, American Goldfinch , American Robin, American White Pelican, American Wigeon, Anhinga, Bald…... Read more

Hoodies at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

January 29, 2011 - Wilson's Snipe A Great Blue Heron landed nearby.... (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.... Limpkin with turtle On Wading Bird Way, Dyeyo and I watched a Great Blue Heron…... Read more

The Bird Paparazzi Grows at Circle B Bar Reserve

January 22, 2011 - Obstinate Osprey As the Alligator Alley trail curved around away from the lake, I noticed a couple of Great Blue Herons (a.k.a.... Great Blue Heron in Breeding Plumage A Snowy Egret couldn't be outdone by a fisherbird, so he flew in and posed with his feathers all puffed up.... River…... Read more

Great Blue Heron

Cold Sunset at Oakland Nature Preserve

December 27, 2010 - Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher I used my 500mm lens plus my 1.4x teleconverter today.  With my 7D body, that makes an effective focal length of 1120mm!!  I didn't have any trouble locating birds with just the 500mm, since I'm using to using my 400mm plus my 1.4x teleconverter.  But when I added…... Read more

Where are all the birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve?

November 22, 2010 - The first "big bird" to greet us was this Great Blue Heron, perched uncharacteristically in the top of a twiggy tree.... Great Blue Heron The Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks whistled a sweet hello as we passed their new hangout midway up the Marsh Rabbit Run trail.... Plane Species list: Anhinga, American…... Read more

Great Blue Heron

More Winter Birds Have Arrived at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 12, 2010 - Greater Yellowlegs A Great Blue Heron caught a catfish, then spent about 15 minutes parading it around in front of all the other birds.... Great Blue Heron A small flock of Least Sandpipers flew in and joined the party.... Species list: Anhinga, American Coot, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling…... Read more

Activity Starting to Pick up at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 12, 2010 - Here was my best Tricolored shot: Tricolored Heron I walked up quietly to a Great Blue Heron (a.k.a.... Great Blue Heron in flight I noticed several small groups (two and three birds) of Tree Swallows.... Species list: Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Boat-Tailed…... Read more

Magical Sunrise at Circle B Bar Reserve

June 13, 2010 - Black-Necked Stilt Another poser on Wading Bird Way was this juvenile Little Blue Heron.  I wonder if he's the same bird who posed for us there last week?  There have been an increased number of Little Blues all around the marshes in the past few weeks.  I certainly see more…... Read more

Baby Birds at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 31, 2010 - Eastern Meadowlark feeding On Wading Bird Way, the "regulars" (the Anhingas and Great Blue Herons) were out fishing.... Great Blue Heron By 8:00 or so, we had made our way to Marsh Rabbit Run, where the cormorants and other birds that had covered the trees at down had already made…... Read more

Sunrise at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 29, 2010 - Most of the shots were not great, but I really liked the butterfly position and the bokeh of this picture: Viceroy butterfly If I focused a bit farther away from the butterfly, I could watch this Great Blue Heron fishing for his breakfast.... Great Blue Heron There were dragonflies everywhere!... Read more

Baby Sand Hill Crane!

April 3, 2010 - Tricolored heron You can't go to Circle B without seeing at least one great blue heron.  So here is today's flying bird of the day: Great Blue Heron We were surprised not to see any warblers, or blue-gray gnatcatchers, or common yellowthroats.  I guess they've already started to migrate back…... Read more

Fifth Anniversary – Callaway Gardens

June 5, 2009 - Ruby-throated hummingbird Painted lady butterfly Male Bluebird Female bluebird Blue Grosbeak House finches Eastern phoebe Great Blue Heron Female Summer Tanager Eastern Towhee Daddy and Baby Canadian Goose family Canadian Goose babies Brown thrasher Song Sparrow Giant Swallowtail Discovery Center Discovery Center birdfeeders Hummingbird garden Great blue heron reflection... Read more

Bird-watching at Oakland Nature Preserve

January 13, 2008 - Birds Seen Today - Painted Bunting, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, Black and White Warbler, American Kestrel, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Gray Catbird, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Pheobe, Osprey, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Red-Wing Blackbird Red-Shouldered Hawk Great Blue Heron Yellow-Rumped Warbler Yellow-Throated Warbler Downy…... Read more