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

Frogs and Snakes for Breakfast at the Circle B Bar Reserve

March 4, 2011 - So here's a Great Blue Heron flying in the HDR!... Great Blue Heron at Sunrise As I stood on the dock photographing, I heard the call of two eagles.  I looked up and saw these two juvenile Bald Eagles in a tree overhead.  The top one is kind of…... 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

Another Great Sunrise at the Circle B Bar Reserve

January 9, 2011 - Eagle and Osprey Fish Fight I enjoyed the quick focus of the 500mm when I spotted a Great Blue Heron taking off.  I was able to focus and photograph as the bird approached, with the bird filling the frame, illuminated by the sunrise light.  I love the detail on every…... Read more

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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

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Snow Geese at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

December 20, 2010 - Black Vulture A Great Blue Heron let me walk right up to him.  He was so intent on watching for fish that he could have cared less that I was there.  I went past him, looked back, and he gave me a big yawn...... Great Blue Heron Eastern Phoebes were…... 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

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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