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


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


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


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


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

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


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

Circle B Bar Reserve: the Photographer’s Playground!

January 8, 2011 - We saw this Osprey on Heron Hideout, carrying nesting material.  He seemed to be thinking about the dead palm tree that was an Osprey nest last year.  He flew off with his moss, giving us an opportunity to practice shooting into our shadows!... Osprey with nesting material We saw Killdeer,…... Read more


Lots of Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 24, 2010 - Black-Bellied Whistling Duck Way off in the distance we spotted a Bald Eagle circling with an Osprey.... But when I got home, I saw the object of the fight: the fish that fell out of the Osprey's grasp, where the Eagle was waiting to snatch it below.... Bald Eagle and…... Read more


The Coots have Returned to the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 17, 2010 - Sometimes at a distance it can be easy to mistake Eagles and Osprey, but after seeing the Eagles and then seeing this Osprey, I wondered how I can ever get confused.... The Osprey are so much smaller.... Osprey But the best birding and photography moment came at the very end…... Read more

Another Hot Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

July 31, 2010 - Adult Sand Hill Crane Many Ospreys were sunning in the treetops, and a few were eating their breakfasts of fish.... Osprey On one tree, we paused to look at the Osprey, then noticed a Pileated Woodpecker hopping around on the branches of the same tree.  He turned his head to…... Read more

Another beautiful morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

July 18, 2010 - Too bad, Dyeyo!) Black-Crowned Night Heron Usually there isn't too much activity on the Alligator Alley trail by the time we get there in mid-morning.  It felt like a totally different trail this morning when we went there first.  There were Ospreys in the trees everywhere.... I went out on…... Read more

Magical Sunrise at Circle B Bar Reserve

June 13, 2010 - Eastern Meadowlark The rest of the walk through the Eagle Roost was uneventful.  Dyeyo didn't hear his Northern Bobwhite at all (maybe the bird decided not to torment Dyeyo today - nice bird!) We passed the old Osprey nest on the way to the parking lot.   The nest had babies…... Read more

Baby Birds at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 31, 2010 - Black-bellied Whistling Ducks As we left around 9:30, we saw that the Osprey nest was active.... I couldn't decide which I liked better!) Osprey nest Osprey nest As Dyeyo says, "Circle B never fails to surprise." We always seem someone new or something interesting.... Read more

Sunrise at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 29, 2010 - Juvenile Sand Hill Crane As Dyeyo talked to his cranes, I focused on the Osprey nest in the distance.... Osprey nest with babies Dyeyo and I walked the Shady Oak path out to the Alligator Alley, too, but there weren't as many birds out that way.... Read more

Baby Sand Hill Crane!

April 3, 2010 - As we turned from the parking lot path to Heron Hideout, we saw these osprey making their nest.  At first we just saw the one bird in the nest, and I commented to Dyeyo that it'd be fun if the mate came back with nesting material, and the next thing…... Read more