The photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is awesome this summer! Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Blue Grosbeak, Loggerhead Shrike, Indigo Bunting
Backroads birding in search of my Burrowing Owl family (that I didn’t find).
My best morning of photography in a long time – at Viera Wetlands! Caracara, spoonies, hoodies, pelicans, oh my!
A morning in my parents’ backyard birding paradise yielded
A very poor shot of my far-off lifer Whooping Crane, plus a bunch of birds from Joe Overstreet Road. Fun morning!
I visited Holloway Park for the first time and enjoyed observing the Bald Eagle nest. I can’t wait to return on a nice weather day!
After visiting the nesting Great Blue Herons at Viera Wetlands before Christmas, Michael and I drove down the road to the Moccasin Island Tract to see a rare Ash-throated Flycatcher in Florida. Ash-throated Flycatchers typically live in the western US, so this guy is a little far from home! We parked, spotted a flycatcher-like bird […]
Birding is starting to pick up again after a long hot summer. The first day of fall was officially on September 22, although temperatures in Florida continue well into the upper 80s and 90s. But there’s a hope in sight: the lows are forecast to dip into the 60s this week! I’ve been working crazy […]
After visiting the Black Skimmer colony with my dad on Father’s Day, we decided to head to Fort De Soto to explore. It was mid-day, and we knew we’d see more people than birds. Still, it’s hard to be half an hour away from Bird Photography Paradise and not at least stop by! I’m glad […]
I spent yesterday afternoon with my parents in their backyard. We had a fun time planting and transplanting, trying to make sure there’s enough nectar to satisfy Mum-mum’s visiting hummers. When I saw the Red-Bellied Woodpeckers eating oranges in Dick’s backyard, though, I couldn’t resist going to get my camera… These silly birds will land […]
Rich and I don’t usually walk down by the lake during our walks, but we did a few days ago. This Loggerhead Shrike was posed in sweet afternoon light. I like the soft blue of the lake as his backdrop.
We finally met our new little Loggerhead Shrikes. I’ve been watching the adults for a while, and I figured we’d see the babies any day. This guy was hanging out in a palm tree at the Town Commons/Tour Point intersection. You can tell he’s a juvenile because of the orangey edge to his beak. I […]
It’s getting to be the time of year that we saw fledgling Loggerhead Shrikes under the weeping willows last year. We’ve been seeing the shrike parents sitting in their usual spots, but no little guys yet. Where are your kids, Shrek the Shrike?
We found a new family of ducks by the pond tonight. At least, I think they are another family. The babies seem smaller than the ones that I found last week. These guys launched into the water and followed Mama off into the sunset… There were two Loggerhead Shrikes in the usual weeping willow tree. […]
I’m getting way behind in posting backyard spring pictures! So here’s a nice collection of the birdie goings-on around Stoneybrook West… We have a pair of Brown Thrashers who have been making an appearance each afternoon in my back rose bed. They are quite regular. I wonder if they may have a nest in our […]
After hearing time after time about how great the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is, Dyeyo decided that he wanted to go with me and see it. It was a pretty foggy morning, but the sun burned off the fog just as we arrived at the refuge around 8:30. The Birdbrains have been saying that […]
Shrek the Shrike had no idea why I was standing underneath him with a big white lens aimed at him…
Tonight we saw this Loggerhead Shrike on our walk through the neighborhood. I don’t think I could have asked for better lighting conditions!
This evening, Rich and I set out on our walk, I mean, our quest, to the Weeping Willows that are Far, Far Away (well, the intersection of Tour Pointe and Town Commons). There we met two ogres (according to their prey!) named Shrek and Fiona. I began photographing them as Rich asked “Can we go […]
While Dyeyo enjoyed a nice trip to Circle B while Rich and I had to work, this shrike sat waiting for its next victim…