Beyond the Backyard

Fall Walk at the Circle B Bar Reserve

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Red-winged Blackbird (Female)

Yesterday I finally made it out for a fall walk at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  I haven’t been there in months!  It felt great to get back out on the trails.  I love photographing along the Heron Hideout trail early in the morning on these early fall days.  The light is golden and gorgeous, illuminating the birds that are starting to return to the reserve.  The Alligator Flag plants are high and in full bloom, and dozens of Purple Gallinules hop along the reeds.  Occasionally a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher or a Palm Warbler comes along to nectar from the tiny purple flowers.  So I headed for my favorite spot, knowing I’d come away with something good. Those silly Purple Gallinules!  They were on the wrong side of the trail!  A great big group of them were diving and chucking at me as I explained to them that they were on the afternoon light side of the trail.  They didn’t seem to care. :) Of course, if I hadn’t been standing there watching for Purple Gallinules, I never would have noticed this American Bittern fly by.  I’ve been trying for good flight shots of these guys for years.  They are so […]

Beyond the Backyard

More from the North Beach Shores at Fort De Soto…

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I had such a good morning at Fort De Soto a few weekends ago, and it’s taken me that long to finish going through my images!  I had four lifers that day: Common Loon, Red Knot, Lark Sparrow, and my first non-captive Great Horned Owls, with baby!  Combine that opportunity with the awesome light at North Beach, and you get a happy photographer with a full memory card. :) The tidal pools by the concession stand were quite productive that morning.  I was hoping for Snowy or Piping Plovers, but they didn’t want to give me any more lifers for the day.  Instead this Great Egret gave me nice flight opportunities… This Snowy Egret posed in his breeding plumage.  He didn’t fluff up his plumes for me, but look at that bright yellow lore! The Long-Billed Curlew and White Ibises were at the pool too.  Then a Marbled Godwit wandered up.  It’s great when you sit down low in the sand and the birds just parade past your lens. :) The next to come by was this Wilson’s Plover.  He’s fast!  He scurried by, then found a snack in the sand. A bunch of Royal Terns, Laughing Gulls, and a […]