Hooded Oriole

2019: Photographic Year in Review

December 31, 2019 - Beach photography at Fort De Soto: Black-bellied Plover in flight, Red Knot, Royal Tern courtship, Least Tern courtship, Black Skimmers, Black-bellied Plover in breeding plumage For years I've read about the famous Cape Coral Burrowing Owls, and this year we finally made the trip down there.... Snowy Plover nesting and…... Read more


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August 15, 2019 - Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling Emergence!!Out of the Egg: I Saw a Sandhill Crane Hatch!!!Snowy Owl in FloridaAtlantic Puffins on Machias Seal IslandNewborn Sandhill Crane Baby at NestPrecious Moments with the Least TernsBlack Skimmer ColonySwallow-tailed Kite RoostCygnets for Mother's Day A Rainbow of Color at Fort De SotoGreat Horned Owl Nest at Fort…... Read more

Least Tern

An Apple a Day and the Birds will Play!

June 15, 2019 - The Least Terns were hanging out at the edge of the beach, diving for fish for breakfast.... The Least Terns at the water's edge were focused on fishing and breakfast.... https://vimeo.com/338664208 Least Tern piggy-back ride (yep, this is a family-friendly site!) Our last bird of the day was a Whimbrel!... Read more

Least Tern

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 14, 2017 - Least Tern Mother & Chick Roseate Spoonbill Mother & Baby Black Skimmer Mother & Baby Sandhill Crane Mother & Colt Great Horned Owl Mother & Babies Mute Swan Mother & Cygnet  ... Read more

Least Tern

Year in Review: Photographic Memories of 2015

December 31, 2015 -  (If you're squeamish like my mom, don't spent too much time staring under the Osprey's foot!) This year was spectacular at the Least Tern Colony in St....  I photographed the terns mating at the colony in early May, then I returned week after week to enjoy the magical sunrises at Marineland beach…... Read more

Least Tern

Year in Review: 2014

December 30, 2014 - The Least Terns gave me several good afternoons of courtship behaviors....  Despite the chaos at home, I had a few hours to slip away to a Least Tern colony, where I photographed courtship behaviors and tiny fuzzballs sticking out from under Mom.... Read more

Least Tern

Least Tern Chicks (from June)

August 28, 2014 - A few weeks after photographing the Least Tern courtship rituals and dances, I returned to the Least Tern colony to see if there were any babies....  The sand was hot as I laid down with my tripod after spotting the first objects of my visit...tiny Least Tern chicks!... The Least…... Read more

Least Tern

Least Tern Fish Exchanges and Courtship

May 23, 2014 -  These pictures are from two weekends ago at Fort De Soto, when I spent a fun morning observing Least Tern fish exchanges and courtship rituals....  At first I just had a flock of gulls, but then these two little Least Terns flew in....  I'd never observed the Least Terns mating,…... Read more

Down the Hatch

Least Tern Fish Exchanges

May 7, 2014 - Recently I had a great time photographing Least Tern fish exchanges at North Beach at Fort De Soto....  But even better, a pair of Least Terns was fishing in the lagoon area....  I've photographed Least Terns before, but usually after they have babies.... Read more

No Vacancies!

May 29, 2012 - ...I’m still going through my images from Saturday morning at the Fort Matanzas tern colony.  There was a nest that was very very close to us, and it was incredible!  So I’ll have a full post tomorrow, and until then, here’s a teaser…no vacancies! Read more

Tern Colony at Matanzas Inlet

May 31, 2011 - I'd heard about a Least Tern Colony at Matanzas Inlet.  It's the biggest in Florida, numbering up to 200 nests (and yay for Audubon's success in closing the beach to vehicles that were running over the nests and chicks!!) Since I was in the neighborhood this morning, I stopped by…... Read more

Least Tern

Beautiful Morning at Fort De Soto

November 23, 2010 - Laughing Gull I think this is a Least Tern.... Least Tern I kept missing the Brown Pelican fly-bys, and I was getting a little annoyed, because the light was awesome and it made their feathers sparkle with iridescence.... Black-Bellied Plover https://vimeo.com/341093593 Bird List: American Goldfinch, Black and White Warbler, Black-Bellied…... Read more

My First Trip to Fort De Soto

September 4, 2010 - ...After hearing about Fort De Soto from birders all over the state, I finally drove over there to check it out. It was everything that people said, and better! I’m not all that familiar with the shorebirds. Before I went today, I couldn’t tell a sandpiper from a plover — and hopefully some of the […] Read more