Happy Mother’s Day!
Favorite photographic memories of 2016
My first 2016 trip to the Least Tern colony. I hoped for baby terns and got piggy-back rides instead.
Favorite photographic memories of 2015
My last visit to the Least Tern colony, where a fledgling danced every time Mom brought in a fish for breakfast!
Another morning with the precious Least Terns and their two-day-old chick, who yawned, ate lots of fish, and jumped for the camera
A quiet morning of lying on the sand yielded some amazing images of two Least Terns with their day-old chick. He was so cute!
This weekend’s visit to the Least Tern colony yielded four chicks and many crabs. The chick was so small and cute. :)
Lots of action at the Matanzas Tern Colony, with Least Tern courtship, fish exchanges, and skirmishes with the predator ghost crabs!
I made my first visit to the Least Tern colony in early May, and the birds were in full courtship mode. Lots of fish exchanges!
2014 Year in Review: Favorite photographic moments, with lots of cute baby birds! The best moment was the Sandhill Crane hatching. :)
Back in June, I got to photograph tiny newborn Least Tern chicks with their parents. There was such excitement when Dad brought in a fish!
I finally got to photograph some Least Tern piggy-back rides this spring!
Back in June, I photographed some fun Least Tern courtship. The male’s fish was rejected by his unfeeling prospective suitor!
Two weeks ago at Fort De Soto I got to photograph Least Tern fish exchanges and courtship rituals on North Beach. It was so much fun!
On my last trip to Fort De Soto I photographed several Least Tern fish exchanges as these tiny birds performed their courtship rituals.
On our way back from Maine, Rich and I stopped at Sandy Point State Park. It’s on the southern end of an island about an hour north of Boston. My objective was Piping Plovers, who nest in the area. We have Piping Plovers in Florida during migration, but I haven’t had such good luck finding them. Well, I found them in Massachusetts! There were half a dozen of them running around the sandy beach at the very tip of the island. I’m used to Florida beaches, where nesting birds are protected by roped-off areas, often stewarded by local Audubon groups. On this beach in Massachusetts, nesting cages are placed over the Piping Plover nests. The cages were all empty, so I assume that means that the babies had all fledged. I think I spotted a couple of juveniles in fresh plumage, which is lighter than that of the adults. It was a rainy, icky morning. Thunderstorms had moved through the previous night, and everything was all wet. I walked up and down the beach, amazed at how the Massachusetts shoreline was so different than my beaches back home in Florida! Sandy Point State Reservation is an important nesting location not […]
I was pleased to donate the use of one of my photographs to American Bird Conservancy’s Help Gulf Birds website aimed at protecting shorebirds on Florida’s coasts. Check it out!
Last Saturday I had the privilege of photographing the Least Tern Colony near Fort Matanzas in St. Augustine. The Least Terns are the smallest terns in their family, and each year they come to St. Augustine in the spring to lay their eggs and raise their families. Their nests are nothing more than tiny indentations in the sand, and the local Audubon groups monitor the colony nesting site and provide bird stewardship. I was joined by fellow photographers and friends Michael, Raees, Kathy, and Jim. We found a nest that was very close to the edge of the protected area, and we all settled in the sand to photograph the tiny chicks peeking out from Mama’s wing. It was tricky to settle low enough to be at a bird’s-eye view, but high enough that you could clearly see the chicks. I would guesstimate that these chicks were a day or two old. They spent a lot of time sleeping under Mama. The morning was very cloudy, and it wasn’t until the sun started to peek out that the babies became more active. We were happy when one crawled out from under Mama, yawned, and plopped in the sand in front […]
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!