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2019: Photographic Year in Review

December 31, 2019 - Around Lake Apopka: House Wren, Black-and-white Warbler, Blue-winged Teals mating, Black-necked Stilt, Sunset, Pied-billed Grebe with Chicks, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Least Bittern, Fulvous Whistling-duck, Barn Swallow, Black-necked Stilt chick, Purple Gallinule chick I made it over to Fort De Soto during spring migration and was rewarded with a rainbow of…... Read more

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More Summer Fun at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

July 24, 2017 - In my last post I focused on the adorable Pied-billed Grebe family that I photographed over the July 4 weekend at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.... The oldest Pied-billed Grebe babies are getting more independent.... Read more

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Another Pied-Billed Grebe Family at Lake Apopka!

July 22, 2017 - Over the July 4th weekend I had the pleasure of observing a new family of Pied-billed Grebes around their nest at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.... Pied-billed Grebe babies spend a good deal of their first few days riding around on Mom's back.... Read more

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July 4 Weekend at Lake Apopka

July 20, 2017 - I checked on the Pied-billed Grebe family....  Mine was of the new little Pied-billed Grebe family that Michael told me about.... Read more

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A Great Morning to be Outside at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 12, 2011 - As I turned to leave, I noticed this Pied-Billed Grebe swimming all by himself.  I liked how he had his feathers all fluffed up, and for once, he wasn't diving under every five seconds!  The surrounding vegetation gave a nice green reflection to the water, and the bird has a…... Read more

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Awesome Morning with the Baby Limpkins at CBBR

September 18, 2011 - I was a little surprised not to see any Pied-Billed Grebes when I was at CBBR yesterday.  Today there were at least seven out on Wading Bird Way, and I saw several more later on the Heron Hideout trail.  I caught one of the grebes as he got spooked by…... Read more

Foggy but Interesting Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

March 27, 2011 - It's been a few weeks since we were out at Wading Bird Way, so it was fun to say hello to the birds out there.  There were still a bunch of coots hanging around, although not as many as back in January.  Some Pied-Billed Grebes are still hanging around.  And…... Read more

Quiet Morning at Fort De Soto

March 12, 2011 - Eagle Nest There were ducks in the pond in front of the nest, including Ring-Necked Ducks and Lesser Scaups.  This Pied-Billed Grebe caught my attention because his bright white bill and its black band contrasted so well with the sunlit water background.... Pied-Billed Grebe When I arrived at the North…... Read more

Spring is in the Air at the Circle B Bar Reserve

February 12, 2011 - A Pied-Billed Grebe was diving in the canal right next to Marsh Rabbit Run.  I thought it was fun how the dark water contrasted so sharply with the sunlight illuminating the bird.  Now if I was really in the mood to use Photoshop, I'd remove the green weeds in the…... Read more

Bittern-ly Chilly Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

January 15, 2011 - Roseate Spoonbill A Pied-Billed Grebe fished right in front of the path, swimming right towards me as if to say "I'm not going to be outdone by those silly pink birds." I liked the reflection in the grebe shot, and the texture in his feathers...... Pied-Billed Grebe I was excited…... Read more

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Snow Geese at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

December 20, 2010 - Great Blue Heron Eastern Phoebes were darting around looking for insects.  One posed in a tree close by: Eastern Phoebe Pied-Billed Grebes, American Coots, and Common Moorhens gathered to say goodbye as we left...... Pied-Billed Grebe... Read more

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Sunny Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

December 10, 2010 - This Pied-Billed Grebe swam close (but not too close) to the gator.... Species list: Anhinga, American Coot, American Goldfinch, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Black Vulture, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-Tailed Grackle, Common Moorhen, Double-Crested Cormorant, Eastern Phoebe, Glossy Ibis, Gray Catbird, Great Blue Heron, Greater Yellowlegs, House Wren, Killdeer,…... Read more

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Skies Filled with Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 28, 2010 - Except for the big alligator and for this hungry little Pied-Billed Grebe.... The backlight was very bad, but I turned up the exposure compensation and turned on fill flash, and then adjusted Shadows and Highlights in Photoshop Elements, and here's the result: Pied-Billed Grebe with fish Likewise, this Double-Crested Cormorant…... Read more

Where are all the birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve?

November 22, 2010 - Today a bunch of Pied-Billed Grebes mixed in with the coots.... Limpkin Another Pied-Billed Grebe, this one not surrounded by coots, posed as the water rippled around him: Pied-Billed Grebe Back on Marsh Rabbit Run, a dead tree by the Black-Bellied Whistling Duck hangout was covered in whistlers.... Plane Species…... Read more

Sunset Grebes

November 18, 2010 - Two Pied-Billed Grebes made for nice silhouettes.... Pied-Billed Grebes... Read more

Happy Hallo-wren at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 1, 2010 - Gray Catbird On our way back, we saw a Pied-Billed Grebe in the canal at the crossroad between Heron Hideout and Marsh Rabbit Run.... Pied-Billed Grebe We finally saw the baby Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks!... Baby Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks Species list: Anhinga, American Coot, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck,…... Read more

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Lots of Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 24, 2010 - Today they were a little closer than last week, and I liked the portrait I was able to take: American Coots There were also lots of Pied-Billed Grebes off Wading Bird Way, more than I've ever seen out there.... Pied-Billed Grebe We sighted some Savannah Sparrows along Wading Bird Way,…... Read more

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The Coots have Returned to the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 17, 2010 - Palm Warbler It seems like there are more Pied-Billed Grebes in the water each time we go to Circle B.... Pied-Billed Grebe Dyeyo and I had been wondering when the Coots would start to come back.... Juvenile Bald Eagle Species list: Anhinga, American Coot (First of Season), American Wigeon, Bald…... Read more

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Lots of Little Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

October 10, 2010 - He was badly backlit by the rising sun, but I used my flash, and got some decent detail: Glossy Ibis Another first was this Pied-Billed Grebe, who was fishing in the waters off Heron Hideout.... Pied-Billed Grebe The Eastern Phoebes were out in full force.... House Wren singing Species list:…... Read more

Migrants Making their Way to Circle B

August 28, 2010 - Species list:  American Redstart, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Boat-Tailed Grackle, Cardinal, Carolina Wren, Common Moorhen, Double-Crested Cormorant, Eastern Meadowlark, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, Laughing Gull, Limpkin, Little Blue Heron, Osprey, Pied-Billed Grebe, Prairie Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Red-Eyed Vireo,…... Read more