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2019: Photographic Year in Review

December 31, 2019 - Around Lake Apopka: House Wren, Black-and-white Warbler, Blue-winged Teals mating, Black-necked Stilt, Sunset, Pied-billed Grebe with Chicks, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Least Bittern, Fulvous Whistling-duck, Barn Swallow, Black-necked Stilt chick, Purple Gallinule chick I made it over to Fort De Soto during spring migration and was rewarded with a rainbow of…... Read more

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Least Bitterns and Growing Babies at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

July 30, 2019 - A partly cloudy morning in late June was a perfect day to find Least Bitterns at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.... Lake Apopka is a great place to go to photograph these small Least Bitterns, who generally stick to the reeds and don't show themselves much in the wetlands.... ...and…... Read more

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Some Summer Surprises at Lake Apopka

July 15, 2019 - Least Bitterns were everywhere.... Least Bitterns are known for being fairly secretive birds, but at Lake Apopka, they are pretty easy to find out in the open.... Read more

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Two Cuckoos on a Quest at Lake Apopka

June 26, 2017 - I lost count of the Least Bitterns we saw that morning....  This ended up being my favorite Least Bittern shot because it shows the bird hard at work doing what he does best - surviving!... Read more

Cute Babies at Viera Wetlands

July 9, 2011 - I went to Viera Wetlands on Saturday morning.  After all the rain on Friday, I wasn’t optimistic about the light level (I actually didn’t decide to make the drive until Saturday morning at 5am!)  There was virtually no sun till the very end of the morning, but the babies were cute and…... Read more

Expect the Unexpected at Viera Wetlands

July 4, 2011 - Dyeyo and I went to Viera Wetlands this morning with hopes of finding some of the babies reported on Birdbrains, and maybe the Fulvous Whistling Duck that was photographed there yesterday.   It’s summer, though, and I wasn’t optimistic that we’d find much, especially since we don’t get to Viera often and so are not…... Read more

Father’s Day at the Polk Rookery

June 19, 2011 - We started the morning with a Least Bittern – what a way to start the day!  He was completely out from under cover, posing beautifully—for just a second!  Then as we turned around in the boat, reached for our cameras, and tried to take his picture, he ducked.  This was…... Read more

Spring Morning at Viera Wetlands

April 17, 2011 - Green Heron We drove around the outside of the cells first, just to get a feel for what birds were around.  I was hoping to see some Least Bitterns, but we didn't see much at all as we drove around.  The Common Moorhens are taking over the ponds again.  The…... Read more

Birds and Babies and Alligators, Oh my!

June 27, 2010 - Black-Bellied Whistling Duck Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks We were pleasantly surprised to glance over and see a juvenile Least Bittern stalking its breakfast in a palm.  This bird was more out in the open than bitterns usually are, and the nice morning sun contributed to a good picture: Juvenile Least Bittern…... Read more

Still Plenty of Birds at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 16, 2010 - I thought the following head shots were fun of the parent and baby: Sand Hill Crane juvenile Sand Hill Crane adult As we turned onto Marsh Rabbit Run (where we did see a marsh rabbit!), Dyeyo spotted this Least Bittern hiding in the reeds.... Least Bittern There were Black-Bellied Whistling…... Read more