I kicked off my July 4 weekend with a Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive visit and photographed all sorts of fun birds
My addiction to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive continues! On this particular visit, I scored a first-summer Orchard Oriole and my lifer Cave Swallow
A search for Fort De Soto migrants yielded Summer Tanager, Hermit Thrush, Orchard Oriole, and my one of my favorite birds: Roseate Spoonbill!
Favorite photographic memories of 2016
So many colorful birds are visiting the feeders and birdbath these days! I love springtime!
A migrant Orchard Oriole made a surprise stopover in my backyard. He was a big fan of my hummingbird plants.
Two weekends ago I had the most amazing morning photographing the migrant birds at Fort De Soto. The trees were literally dropping with colorful birds. Red tanagers, orange orioles, blue buntings and grosbeaks, and warblers everywhere. It was a birder’s paradise. Good birding isn’t always good for the birds. Most of these birds spend the winters in South America. In April, they fly north to their breeding grounds in the United States and Canada. Many cross the Gulf of Mexico, flying nonstop across the ocean in an incredible journey. They take advantage of the winds to make their flight easier. But when they encounter a front, their tail winds suddenly become headwinds, which can be deadly for the birds if they are still over water. They land as soon as they can in what is called a “fallout.” Fort De Soto is a place where such fallouts sometimes occur. It offers the birds land, trees, fresh water, and a food source – mulberries. If you’re like me, you may have visited Fort De Soto several times and never known where the famous “mulberry trees” are. Well, they are by the ranger’s house. When you pull into the park, turn right […]
Rich and I decided to take a week off this spring to go to Callaway Gardens to see the azaleas. With the cold winter and early spring rain, the bloom was supposed to be spectacular. It’s also very late – so the Callaway Azalea Watch was very helpful in planning our trip. The Mountain Creek Inn was full, so we ended up renting a cottage. It was really nice. We were right inside the gardens, and we woke every morning to bird song. One of my favorite things about Callaway is seeing flowers and plants that like colder weather, so I can’t grow them in Florida. The flower beds were accented with pansies and tulips and daffodils. I took this picture in Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden in the morning while the gardeners were watering the flowers. The water droplets add a fun effect. Rich asked me to take a tulip picture for his mom, and once I started trying to get good close-ups, I had trouble stopping. Squirt says I should have gotten more close-ups of pansies while I was at it. Of course, the real reason we went this week was to see the azaleas. Callaway has several azalea […]
We went to Callaway Gardens to see the Fantasy in Lights display, but during the day, we had a great time walking around the gardens. There are so many birds at Callaway! The Callaway Birds of Prey show is fun. They pick three of about ten of their birds to display during each show, and they let the birds fly (sometimes right over the spectators’ heads!). It’s interesting to hear about the different birds. The chapel looked pretty surrounded in the fall colored leaves. We were surprised to stick see colored leaves on the trees. Being Floridians, it doesn’t take much color on trees to get us excited! They had also decorated the Sibley Horticultural Center for Christmas. Some of the garden-inspired decorations were very clever.