Fields of Yellow Sunflowers

Lake Jesup Sunflowers 2019

October 13, 2019 - My favorite photo turned out to be an iPhone snapshot: As I walked through the flowers, I heard the distant calls of Sandhill Cranes.... Read more

Wings-Spread_Machias-Seal-Island_201307031_copyrightJessYarnell

2000 Posts on catandturtle.net!

August 15, 2019 - Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling Emergence!!Out of the Egg: I Saw a Sandhill Crane Hatch!!!Snowy Owl in FloridaAtlantic Puffins on Machias Seal IslandNewborn Sandhill Crane Baby at NestPrecious Moments with the Least TernsBlack Skimmer ColonySwallow-tailed Kite RoostCygnets for Mother's Day A Rainbow of Color at Fort De SotoGreat Horned Owl Nest at Fort…... Read more

Baltimore Oriole (Female)

East Beach Sunrise and Migrant Birds at Fort De Soto

April 26, 2019 - I pulled up to East Beach about fifteen minutes before sunrise, inhaled a deep breath of the salt air, and saw a Sandhill Crane wandering near a pavilion.... It was the first time I'd seen a Sandhill Crane at the park.... Read more

Sandhill Crane

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

Double Trouble

Precious Moments with Sandhill Crane Colts

March 26, 2017 - Thanks to my friend Michael, I went to Viera Wetlands last weekend to photograph a pair of Sandhill Crane colts.... Actually, small Sandhill Cranes can be quite brutal with each other.... Watching Sandhill Cranes is one of the best parts of springtime photography.... Read more

Sandhill Crane

2016: Photographic Year in Review

December 31, 2016 -  I've witnessed the first days of a Sandhill Crane colt, the early explorations of a Barred Owl chick, and the tender gestures of avian courtship.... Uno the Sandhill Crane Colt I'm a craniac, I can't help it....  The moments spent with Sandhill Crane families always stand out in my memory.... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane Digital Art

April 2, 2016 - I had such a good time photographing my Sandhill Crane family this year (not that you could tell from my three blog entries here, here, and here!)  As I worked with the images for post-processing, I couldn't resist playing with some of them to create Sandhill Crane digital art versions…... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane Colt “Uno” At One Week Old

March 16, 2016 - Last Sunday I returned to check on my Sandhill Crane colt "Uno", and that visit was special not only because Uno was celebrating his one-week birthday, but also because I got to photograph him with my good friends Debbie and Michael.... The thing that is so special about Sandhill Cranes…... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Baby Sandhill Crane “Uno” at Day 6

March 11, 2016 - I returned to check on the baby Sandhill Crane Uno last Saturday, on his sixth day of life.... This was one of two times that the baby Sandhill Crane ventured out into the open grass....  Did I mention that baby Sandhill Cranes are one of my favorite photography subjects?... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Carpe Camera! Day-Old Sandhill Crane Colt!

March 6, 2016 - thank you!), I got to spend a special morning with a tiny Sandhill Crane colt on the morning after he hatched.... Sandhill Cranes nest at the edge of ponds and marshy areas, where the wet surrounds the nest and helps keep predators away from the eggs.... Sandhill Cranes eat a…... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Photography Humor

May 15, 2015 - Why did the Sandhill Cranes cross the road?...  I had not seen any of this year's local Sandhill Crane families this year.... Read more

Sandhill Crane

This Year’s Sandhill Crane Colts

March 16, 2015 - A few weeks ago I visited a Sandhill Crane nest with the hope that perhaps the babies had hatched.... It's hard to believe, but Sandhill Crane colts are able to swim only hours after they are born.... Read more

Big Brother

Sandhill Crane Memories and Topaz Glow

February 4, 2015 - A few days ago I came across my Sandhill Crane family from last year (the colt that I saw hatch)....  It reminded me of some of the illustrations in the Sandhill Crane book my parents got me.... Read more

Least Tern Fish Exchange

Year in Review: 2014

December 30, 2014 - I always obsess over Sandhill Crane colts, those adorable young chicks that stagger bravely through grasses and water to keep up with their long-legged gray parents....  But this year, I got to see something I never thought I'd get to see - the birth of a Sandhill Crane!... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes Grow Up Quickly

October 4, 2014 - Believe it or not, I'm coming to the end of my Sandhill Crane colt saga....  It's fairly common with Sandhill Cranes that one of the two colts doesn't survive.... Read more

Waiting for Dinner

Return to the Nest (Sandhill Crane Colts from April)

September 17, 2014 - Less than 24 hours after watching a tiny Sandhill Crane colt hatch, and after watching them wake up the following morning, I was back at the nest in the evening to say goodnight to the little family....  The path wasn't long -- just a good long step or two for…... Read more

Peek a Boo

It’s Not Easy Being Me! (Sandhill Crane Colts from April)

September 10, 2014 - I keep promising more pictures of adorable Sandhill Crane colts, so tonight we're going to start that series....  Regular readers of my blog may recall the amazing day back in April when I got to witness the hatching of a Sandhill Crane colt.... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Inspection Time!

June 20, 2014 - It was a family of four Sandhill Cranes -- two adults and two juveniles.... Sandhill Cranes are a joy to be around.... Read more

Asleep in the Meadow

Happy Easter!

April 20, 2014 -  I've been keeping this adorable Sandhill Crane colt shot for Easter because he is just so cute and so perfect for the day.... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Out of the Egg: I Saw a Sandhill Crane Hatch!!!

April 12, 2014 -  So to make up for a couple of missed blog posts this week, you get an extra-long post about a great experience:  Rich and I saw a Sandhill Crane hatch!!!...  The Florida subspecies of Sandhill Cranes is threatened, so it was extra special to have this opportunity to view the…... Read more

Mom, Dad, What's All the Racket About?

One More Morning with the Sandhill Crane Family

April 2, 2014 - This is my last post about my Sandhill Crane family - well, at least for now!...  I was looking back at some of my previous Sandhill Crane colt posts from other years, and I found this snippet that made me smile: "Date of addition: April 3, 2010!"  It's hard to…... Read more

Going for a Swim

Bath Time for the Sandhill Crane Colts

March 31, 2014 - I hope you're not tired of Sandhill Crane colts yet.... After watching the Sandhill Crane colts making their way behind tall grasses behind Mom and Dad, it shouldn't have surprised me to see them do the same in the pond.... The little Sandhill Crane colts were covered in weed seed…... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Three Days Older, Three Days Cuter – Sandhill Crane Colts

March 28, 2014 - When I returned to the Sandhill Crane nest three days after the photos from my last posts, I was surprised to find the colts noticeably bigger.... The little Sandhill Crane colts are so animated....  Even at six days old, the little Sandhill Crane colts know how to preen.... Read more

One Up, One to Go!

Leaps of Faith – Sandhill Crane Colts

March 25, 2014 - While observing three-day-old Sandhill Crane colts (the same ones from my last blog post), I observed a little sequence that was so cute and funny that I just had to share it....  The adult Sandhill Cranes had guided their young offspring down to a little pond.... Read more

Double Anticipation - Two tiny colts await a tasty morsel from Mom

Sandhill Crane Colts: Day 3

March 23, 2014 - It didn't take me long to go back to the nest with newly hatched Sandhill Crane colts....  Sandhill Cranes are wonderfully loyal birds.... Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Sandhill Cranes at their nest for the first time.... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Hatch Day for the Sandhill Cranes

March 19, 2014 -  I hope you like pictures of cute little Sandhill Crane colts, because you're going to be seeing a lot of them in this blog in the next few weeks.... Sandhill Cranes are precocial, meaning that they are born knowing a lot about how to take care of themselves.... One of…... Read more

Year in Review: Favorite Photographic Moments of 2013

December 31, 2013 - Sandhill Crane Colts The year started out slow - I had mono, and it lasted three months!...  One nest in particular comes to mind, a Sandhill Crane  nest in Melbourne, Florida....  I had the wonderful luck to observe a Sandhill Crane colt on the day after he hatched, and I…... Read more

More Orange Fuzzballs at the Circle B Bar Reserve

April 4, 2013 -    I perhaps should have warned him that I'm on a Sandhill Crane colt craze this year.... We started out on the Heron Hideout trail, where the first Sandhill Crane family tends to hang out.... There was so much to see on the Wading Bird Way trail as the birds…... Read more

Newborn Sandhill Crane Baby at Nest

March 31, 2013 - I've been very fortunate over the past week as I had the opportunity to observe a newborn Sandhill Crane baby at his nest....  So today's blog post is a special story of this little Sandhill Crane baby's first week.... Day Two of the Sandhill Crane Baby's Life The first light…... Read more

Five Days Cuter at the Circle B Bar Reserve

March 20, 2013 - I spent my off-Friday morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve with the Sandhill Crane family.... As the Sandhill Crane babies grow bigger, the adults take them for longer walks around the marsh.... It will be a while before the Sandhill Crane colts' wings fully develop.... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Week-Old Sandhill Crane Colts

March 18, 2013 - Last year my friends found a Sandhill Crane family in Casselberry.... Compared to the Sandhill Crane colts at the Circle B Bar Reserve, these guys are still pretty small.... Read more

Cabbage Palms and Earth Shadow

Exploring Orlando Wetlands Park

November 11, 2012 - Wading in the Morning Light As we made our way around the park, we came across a pair of Sandhill Cranes who were sauntering down the trail in front of the group.... Read more

Sunset Walk

October 29, 2012 -  Our neighborhood Sandhill Cranes decided to cross the road and walk right in front of me.... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Now You See Them…

April 1, 2012 - I was photographing the Sandhill Crane colts at the Circle B Bar Reserve last weekend.  I set my camera to the fastest frame speed, which I don't often do, because I don't need to waste my camera shutter or my post-processing time on images that are virtually identical.  But the…... Read more

Sandhill Crane

A Foggy Morning Turns Cute at the Circle B Bar Reserve

March 29, 2012 - The weather forecasters had it all wrong last weekend.  They said it would be partially cloudy on Saturday, rainy on Sunday.  Try it the other way around, guys.  So I went to Circle B on Saturday hoping for partial cloudcover, and I got thick fog until around 10:00.  But that…... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Spider Wars

March 23, 2012 - Last weekend I stopped by a local park to photograph the Sandhill Crane colts that were born at the park a few weeks ago.  Some friends had mentioned that there were great photo opportunities with this family, who are so friendly that the colts practically walk right up to you. …... Read more

Sandhill Crane

Peek a Boo (Baby Sandhill Cranes at the Circle B Bar Reserve)

March 17, 2012 - Yesterday I took advantage of my off-Friday morning to visit the Circle B Bar Reserve, where a pair of Sandhill Cranes has been incubating a nest for the last four weeks or so.  I knew the colts were due to be born any time, and I hoped to photograph them…... Read more

The Fellowship of the Nest

March 3, 2012 - The most talked-about nest at Circle B right now is probably the Sandhill Crane nets, located not too far from the Marsh Rabbit Run trail.  The cranes nest near water, counting on the water to protect them from predators.  I got to watch the "changing of the guard" as Mom…... Read more

Mirror, Mirror, in the Lake…Who’s the Most Handsome Drake?

January 7, 2012 - I haven't seen many Sandhill Cranes at Circle B this winter, but today I did.... Bird Species List (31 total): American Coot, American White Pelican, Anhinga, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown Pelican, Caspian Tern, Common Gallinule, Eastern Phoebe (heard), Gadwall, Glossy Ibis, Great…... Read more