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

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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

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

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