Wings-Spread_Machias-Seal-Island_201307031_copyrightJessYarnell

2000 Posts on catandturtle.net!

August 15, 2019 - ...Wow. This is my 2000th post on catandturtle.net! I started blogging regularly in 2008(ish) to document my cats, our Garden Craze, and the birds in my backyard. Little did I know how much I would come to love nature photography. To celebrate my 2000th post, I picked 12 of my favorite posts from over the […] Read more

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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

American White Pelican Head Shot

Springtime Walk at Lake Morton

March 12, 2014 -  I've seen Mute Swan cygnets and Black Swan cygnets born at Lake Morton, but this will be the first time that the city's imported Black-necked Swans breed.... Read more

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Cloudy Morning Walk at Lake Morton

January 15, 2014 - ...Three days after Christmas, the weather forecasters promised us some sun.  It was a welcome forecast, as it had been cloudy for days.  So I got up early and headed to Lake Morton for sunrise.  I hadn’t been there to visit my swans in quite a while.  But it was another dull gray day.  You […] Read more

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Wow! Honorable Mention in NWF Photo Contest!

December 14, 2013 -  Yesterday I received this e-mail: Your photo of a Mute Swan Cygnet has won an Honorable Mention in our 2013 National Wildlife Photo Contest.  It will appear in a slide show on the National Wildlife Federation’s website in the magazine’s PhotoZone pages in January.... Read more

Sunset with my Swans

May 23, 2013 - ...After our less-than-spectacular sunrise at Blue Cypress Lake a few weeks ago, I headed to Lakeland to see my swans.  You see, the City of Lakeland takes the cygnets away from their nests almost immediately — sometimes on the same day that they hatch.  The City believes that it’s better to raise the babies in […] Read more

Cygnets for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2013 - As regular readers of my blog know, I've been stopping by Lake Morton periodically to monitor the nesting of the resident Mute Swans.... Mute Swans build their big nests of reeds and grasses.... Read more

Cute Babies at Lake Morton

April 21, 2013 - ...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 […] Read more

Perfect Moment

September 19, 2012 - ...I was going back through my images from the year to prepare my annual Christmas calendars. I came across this one and thought of my friend Kim from the lake, who will soon become a grandmother. This was such a special day, when I met Kim and got to photograph this day-old cygnet on the […] Read more

My First Black-Necked Swan

Gray Icky Morning at Lake Morton

August 26, 2012 - They were a little smaller than the Mute Swans, and not nearly as cooperative.... I have tons of pictures of the Mute Swans, but I can't stop myself from taking more.... Read more

Swan Lake

July 14, 2012 - ...My hubby isn’t the most, um, obsessed about birding. So I had to laugh when he asked me, “are you going back to the Goosey Pond this weekend?” He was referring to Lake Morton and Father Goose…but I had to disagree on his name for the place. I much prefer “Swan Lake!” :) Read more

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The Story of a Swan

May 2, 2012 - hi Pam!) who spent the weekend watching over the nest.  One of the men dubbed him "Baby Friday," and somehow the name seems to have stuck… Mute Swan Cygnet When I first arrived, neither Mom nor baby were on the nest.  Papa was sitting hear the nest, which still contained…... Read more

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Black and White Wonderings

April 30, 2012 - As frequent readers of my blog know, we adopted a black and white kitten last year.  He's been helping me review my recent images from Lake Morton, and he's a little confused.  You see, here's the picture I  took of a Black Swan cygnet in early April: …and here's the…... Read more

Preview of Coming Attractions…

April 27, 2012 - ...I had the most incredible day today!  I went to Fort De Soto to check out the migrants, and I finally got my first Scarlet Tanager male, along with a ton of orioles, grosbeaks, buntings, and a few warblers.  Birders kept telling me that today was a “slow” day in comparison to last weekend’s fallout…but […] Read more

A Walk Around Lake Morton

April 14, 2012 - 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…... Read more

My First Visit to Lake Morton

January 3, 2012 - ...After a quiet morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve on Friday, Dyeyo and I decided to head to Lake Morton. Herman has been telling me about it for ages, and he always knows the good birding places! There were lots of Ring-necked and Ruddy Ducks sleeping on the lake. It was my first opportunity […] Read more

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In Search of a Long-Tailed Duck at Lake Davis

November 23, 2011 - I've been reading about the Long-Tailed Duck on Birdbrains, so Rich and I decided to drive over to Lake Davis to see if we could find it.  Lake Davis is a small lake in the middle of a downtown Orlando neighborhood.  It's very close to Greenwood Cemetery, but I resisted…... Read more

Songbirds at Bok Tower Gardens

May 9, 2010 - ...A rose-breasted grosbeak was recently seen at Bok Tower Gardens, so this morning Rich and I went to bird-watch at Bok.  We didn’t see a grosbeak, but we did see some fun songbirds. The first bird we saw this morning was a male Eastern Towhee.  He was on the ground, rooting through the grass, digging […] Read more