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Summer Day at LAWD

June 24, 2018 -  Lots of juveniles growing up, and a wading bird convention off Lust Road with lots of fishing egrets and ospreys....  Dozens of Snowy Egrets, a few Great Blue Herons, and a half dozen Osprey spent the morning flying low and grabbing fish.... Read more

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Osprey with Fish! at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

August 11, 2017 -  I headed for a quieter spot and focused the Beast on the skies...and the dozens of Ospreys who were also fishing in the pond.... I've never had so many awesome opportunities for Osprey flight shots with fish.... Read more

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July 4th at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

July 26, 2017 -   There aren't many Bald Eagles in Florida in mid-summer, but their friends the Ospreys were all too happy to fill in....  My dad and I stopped by the pump house and saw a bunch of Ospreys fishing....  The next Osprey wasn't quite so ambitious.... Read more

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July 4 Weekend at Lake Apopka

July 20, 2017 - Lust Road at sunrise is an awesome place for Osprey flight shots....  I hopped out of the car to get a few shots of this Osprey as he passed by with his breakfast.... Read more

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Eyes to the Skies at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

July 8, 2017 -  You know when your day starts off with an Osprey carrying a giant catfish, it's going to be a good day......  I guess the juvies got the message.) I don't normally photograph the Osprey right above my head, but when he puffs up and shakes his feathers, well, he's pretty.... Read more

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Chasing a Wilson’s Snake at Viera Wetlands

March 30, 2017 - An Osprey sat in front of us most of the morning....  The Osprey was still hanging out on her perch....  I said goodbye to my friends, and right before I got to the car, I had to stop and photograph this Osprey flying right towards me with a nice big…... Read more

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Year in Review: Photographic Memories of 2015

December 31, 2015 - My friend Debbie and I enjoyed a great afternoon with a nesting Osprey and her small chick....  (If you're squeamish like my mom, don't spent too much time staring under the Osprey's foot!) This year was spectacular at the Least Tern Colony in St.... Read more

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Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

June 4, 2015 -  Ospreys were plentiful, and many had fish!...  It's a joke in our family that I can't photograph an Osprey unless it has a fish...this one was a little puny, but it'll have to do...... Read more

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Introducing Osprey Baby 2015

May 11, 2015 - There's a new family member at the local Osprey nest!...  and I got to enjoy photographing the baby Osprey with my good friend Deb....  It's so cool to be able to look right in on the Osprey family life!... Read more

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Blue Cypress Lake Photography: Sunrise and Ospreys!

April 24, 2014 -  You see, Blue Cypress Lake is one of the best places to go to photograph nesting Ospreys....  The shoreline stretches before you and the Ospreys call you to photograph....  Later that morning, we found an Osprey with a huge stick.... Read more

Clouds at Blue Cypress Lake

May 11, 2013 - Last Sunday I met friends Debbie, Tom, and Michael at Blue Cypress Lake for a fun-filled boat ride of dramatic sunrises and flying Ospreys....  Because the light levels were so low and the Ospreys weren't flying much, I spent more time with my wide-angle lens taking pictures of the lake…... Read more

Sharing the Sunrise at Circle B Bar Reserve

April 10, 2013 -  We headed up Marsh Rabbit Run and then out Heron Hideout, where we came across this Osprey carrying nesting material....  I think it's the same Osprey pair that used to nest in the palm tree, before the tree lost its top.... Read more

Spring 2013 at Blue Cypress Lake

March 24, 2013 - The other reason to visit this lake is the hundreds of nesting Ospreys!... You can tell a male Osprey from a female Osprey by looking at the chest.... He kept the sun at our backs as the Ospreys flew away and then circled back to return to their nests.... Read more

Circle B Awaits Tropical Storm Isaac

August 25, 2012 - ...Although the center of Tropical Storm Isaac is several days away, the wind was already picking up this morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve. It felt great! I went out to Lake Hancock for the (lack of) sunrise, then stayed on the dock photographing birds in flight for almost an hour. The breezes were […] Read more

Dinnertime for Junior at the Winter Park Osprey Nest

May 28, 2012 - Last week I made another visit to the Winter Park Osprey nest.  The baby has gotten so big since my last visit!  He is clearly visible over the side of the nest now.  Mama was feeding him as I arrived.  Mmm, fish was on the menu...... Read more

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Junior is Getting Bigger

May 17, 2012 - I dragged Rich to Winter Park last Friday for dinner and an Osprey nest.  The baby Osprey is getting bigger.  Last time he was barely visible over the side of the nest.  He was pretty active when I first arrived, while his mom fed him.  Then he hunkered down underneath…... Read more

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Peek-a-boo

May 3, 2012 - A friend let me know that the Winter Park Osprey chicks had hatched, so I went over there on Tuesday night to see the babies.  Almost as soon as I got there, Mama bent her head over into the nest, seemed to listen for a second, and then stepped aside…and…... Read more

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Watching and Waiting

May 1, 2012 - ...On Saturday afternoon I dragged Rich over to Winter Park for a romantic dinner and a nest-watching expedition.  (It’s the birdie version of dinner and a movie!)  The nest is on top of a platform close to Park Avenue, right across the street from a convenient parking garage.  You drive to the top of the […] Read more

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Osprey Nesting Time at Blue Cypress Lake

April 3, 2012 - Saturday morning was an incredible morning to be at Blue Cypress Lake.  Some friends and I made the trip down the turnpike to the lake, which is near Yeehaw Junction.  The lake is full of bass, which makes it a popular hangout spot for the Osprey population.  Hundreds of Osprey…... Read more

The Two Turtles – Circle B Bar Reserve

March 4, 2012 - The Osprey were pretty active, both with nest-building and with fishing.  This one flew right over my head, and I aimed and shot, even though I was pretty sure I was going to clip off the bird's head!  Practice makes perfect on flight shots...and I ended up just clipping a…... Read more

The Fellowship of the Nest

March 3, 2012 - The light was horrible (or rather, non-existent!) when I first arrived.  I noticed the Osprey on Heron Hideout gathering nesting material.  Last year he nested in the top of a dead palm tree, but I noticed that tree has been reduced to just a dead stump.  So the Osprey was…... Read more

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Expect the Unexpected at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 17, 2011 - It was a hard morning for the Ospreys along the Alligator Alley trail.... A  bunch of them were perched in the trees as the trail curved away from the lake.  All of a sudden, they all took to the air, fussing like crazy.  I wondered what was going on, then…... Read more

Quiet Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

August 7, 2011 - (Note:  Someone else stood watching all morning long and didn't see a hummer.  I guess maybe Herman's bird was a passing migrant.) As exciting as it would have been to photograph a hummer at Circle B, I didn't want to sit waiting for one all morning!  So I headed down…... Read more

Productive Morning at the Viera Click Ponds

July 23, 2011 - An Osprey posed obligingly on a palm stump for me.  I'm pretty sure this is a recently-fledged Osprey, due to the colors of his feathers, especially around his eye.  He flew off and dive-bombed a fish.  Poor fish.... Bird Species List: (36 total): American Avocet, American Coot, Anhinga, Black Vulture,…... Read more

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Baby Birds Take Flight at Circle B Bar Reserve

July 3, 2011 - White Ibis I was excited to see the juvenile Osprey still in his nest in the palm tree.  I took a few pictures, blinked, and then the nest was empty!  The juvenile Osprey was soaring across the marsh.  He came to land in the "Treasure Tree", and he let me…... Read more

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Lessons from an Osprey

May 31, 2011 - Rich and I went to Winter Park for dinner tonight, so I got some more time at the osprey nest.  It was more active tonight than the last time I went.  You know, you can learn a lot from a juvenile Osprey...... Juvenile Osprey with Fish Cover your food with…... Read more

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I Finally Made it to the Winter Park Osprey Nest!

May 30, 2011 - Baby Osprey Parent Osprey This one of the mom was taken with the 2x and 1.4x teleconverters stacked.  I used LiveView to refine the focus.... Parent Osprey The baby has already learned good house-keeping skills: always aim the dirty stuff away from the center of the nest!... Mom and Baby…... Read more

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Summer Heat Begins at the Circle B Bar Reserve

May 22, 2011 - Northern Parula Rich insists that I post one of today's turtles, in honor of World Turtle Day tomorrow.  Turtle The heat got to us and we headed back to the parking lot.  As we passed the Osprey nest in the palm tree off the Heron Hideout trail, I was so…... Read more

The Newest Celebrity at the Circle B Bar Reserve

April 2, 2011 - I was very happy to see that the Osprey nest in the palm tree survived the storms.  Last year it didn't.  An Osprey was sitting on the nest.  As we watched, another Osprey flew in.  At first I assumed it was the nest mate, but the bird incubating got up…... Read more

Frogs and Snakes for Breakfast at the Circle B Bar Reserve

March 4, 2011 - An Osprey was hovering over the water waiting for a fish.  I took advantage of the fact that he wasn't moving much and got some nice shots.  I wanted to get him with a fish, but the silly bird never actually dove while I watched.... Osprey There are dead trees…... Read more

February Photo Walk at Circle B Bar Reserve

February 26, 2011 - Wild Turkey I was ecstatic this morning to see an Osprey pair rebuilding their nest in the old dead palm tree off Heron Hideout.... Osprey with Nesting Material We watched as one Osprey brought nesting material in to the nest.... Then a bunch of crows started to approach the nest,…... Read more

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You Know it’s Springtime at Circle B Bar Reserve if…

February 20, 2011 - Ruby-Crowned Kinglet An Osprey was feeding in the waters off Wading Bird Way.... Osprey Dyeyo spotted a Great Egret feeding on a snake, off Wading Bird Way.  Poor Dyeyo, his card filled on him just as he started to shoot!  I switched into video mode to capture the live-action...the snake…... Read more

Finally! I Photographed a Painted Bunting at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

February 13, 2011 - Swamp Sparrow Towards the Wading Bird Way end of the trail, I started seeing Ospreys fishing.... Osprey The American White Pelicans are almost all gone.... Yellowthroat, Common Grackle, Common Moorhen, Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Phoebe, Fish Crow, Glossy Ibis, Gray Catbird, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, House…... Read more

The Bird Paparazzi Grows at Circle B Bar Reserve

January 22, 2011 - Snowy Egret Fishing Hole I spotted an Osprey in a tree above my head.... I had the 400mm lens with me with no tripod, and I missed the tripod's stability as I waited for the Osprey to fly.... Obstinate Osprey As the Alligator Alley trail curved around away from the…... Read more

Another Great Sunrise at the Circle B Bar Reserve

January 9, 2011 - American White Pelican take-off I spotted two specs in the sky, and thought one was a juvenile Bald Eagle.  I found them with The Beast and confirmed my suspicion.  The eagle was fighting with an Osprey high in the sky.  The Osprey had a fish and the eagle wanted it! …... Read more