Springtime bird photography at Lake Morton, Lakeland. Baby ducklings, birds in breeding plumage, nesting Mute Swans, cooperative Wood Ducks!
Photographic highlights of the Lakeland Christmas Bird Count, Outfall Wetlands property. Best bird was Northern Waterthrush.
A spring morning is a great time to walk around Lake Morton. While I didn’t see babies, the lingering winter migrants kept me entertained.
There were lots of fun birds to photograph on my last visit to Lake Morton. Besides the juvenile swans, there was a family of baby Limpkins, as well as the regular “menagerie” of ducks and geese. Early mornings are always good for bath shots! So here’s some more from Lake Morton… A pair of Black-necked […]
On my way back from Fort De Soto last Saturday, I stopped at Lake Morton to see if there were any cygnets (baby swans). I’ve been keeping an eye on the nests there for the past few weeks, as it is getting to be that time of year when tiny gray fuzzballs appear under the […]
The weather was cloudy and rainy on Saturday morning, so I didn’t want to venture miles from my car with heavy camera equipment. I opted for a trip to Lake Morton, where I knew I could find cute babies. I knew I’d be too early for swan cygnets, which probably won’t hatch till late April […]
As I wrote yesterday, my friend Carla came with me on a photography expedition last weekend. We first visited the Circle B Bar Reserve, and then we headed to Lake Morton. Carla saw her first swan’s nest! The beautiful Mute Swans are nesting all around the lake right now. We counted at least eight nests. […]
I was a little surprised to find a tiny Mallard chick at Lake Morton on Sunday. He toppled into the water to follow Mom when I accidentally spooked her. He had a whole family of Mallards who seemed to be watching out for him. It’s unusual to see just one of this size – the […]
A few weekends ago when I was photographing at Swan Lake (a.k.a. Lake Morton), I looked up from the cute babies to see this Mallard sitting posed in great light with a perfect reflection. I loved the contrast of his feathers against the blue lake background. I kinda wished the cute babies would have stood […]
While checking on the swan nests at Lake Morton recently, I’ve gotten to see some other fun babies too. In early April, I came across a flock of recently-hatched Mallard chicks, probably between 12 and 18 of them. In later visits, the babies were bigger, although in fewer numbers. They are certainly well-fed at that […]
Last week Rich and I were in Lakeland to judge the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. We had a great time talking to the students about their projects. Afterward, I twisted Rich’s arm into taking a nice walk around nearby Lake Morton. I wanted to see if the Mute Swans were nesting yet – […]
I hope this picture of a Mallard duckling doing the splits will bring a smile to everyone on Easter. More from Lake Morton in the next post!
After Dyeyo and I went to Merritt Island last week, we stopped by my neighborhood pond where the Hooded Mergansers have been hanging out. We got there around 3 in the afternoon, when the afternoon light was hitting the pond at a great angle. I love how the green trees in the background color the […]
Rich’s favorite part of our Callaway Gardens vacations is seeing the many turtles in the lakes. The two best places to see turtles are in the lake right outside the Discovery Center, and at the little pavilion by Mockingbird Lake. We also saw them sunning themselves on a log in the middle of Hummingbird Lake […]
It’s the time of year when Mallards molt their flight feathers, and become flightless for a few weeks. We’ve seen far fewer Mallards around for the past week or so. But some are still flying:
These Mallards were definitely having a “bad feather day.” The wind was blowing down by the pond! Now cross your fingers that we get some rain…
The Mallard babies at the Stoneybrook ponds are almost as big as their parents. So we were surprised to see two tiny chicks the other night. They are so cute when they are little! I’m constantly amazed at how baby ducks look so different than their parents. Unfortunately, we went back the next night, and […]
Rich and I were walking by Black Lake last week when we noticed this Mallard. He’s missing part of the top of his beak. Poor thing. It must be hard to go through life as a duck with the top part of your beak missing. This guy and his friend were under the same tree […]
The Mallards are the only dependable birds on our walks these days. There’s one with a bright green head that appears to be the father of the juveniles at the Pebble Ridge pond. He’s pretty.
…and they aren’t the only ones! Happy birthday, Dyeyo D!! Believe it or not, these are the Mallard babies that I photographed as tiny chicks just a few short weeks ago…