Beautiful January morning of photography at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, where Painted Buntings and Northern Harriers charmed my lens and the Pied-billed Grebes are already courting
Happy Mother’s Day!
Two tiny Sandhill Crane colts were just precious as they peeked out from under Mom’s wing
Favorite photographic memories of 2016
Winter birds are coming back to the Circle B Bar Reserve. Our quick trip yielded Eastern Phoebes, Common Yellowthroats, and Palm Warblers.
Topaz Glow makes for fun rainy day projects, like Sandhill Crane digital art versions of some precious moments with Baby Uno
More photos of the Sandhill Crane colt “Uno” taken on a day spent with my good friends Michael and Debbie :)
I returned to check on the baby Sandhill Crane Uno last Saturday, on his sixth day of life. He had already almost doubled in size since I last saw him! The little guy spent most of the morning in the weeds by the lake, but he did come out a few times to pose for the camera. So here are his six-day-old portraits. :) Little Uno is still in his tiny-cute-crane phase! As you can see, he is only as tall as a small twig. His mobility was much improved over my last visit, and he’d developed the stamina to spend the full day away from his nest. Mom didn’t tuck him under her wing at all while I was there. The baby spent most of the morning tucked into the vegetation. He seemed to realize that he blended right in to the dead grasses, Nature’s perfect camouflage. But that was slightly less than photogenic! So I spent some time photographing his parents, who stood preening while their offspring meandered. The best preening shots are when the bird’s face is parallel to the camera. This bird almost cooperated! :) This was one of two times that the baby Sandhill Crane ventured out […]
I spent a special morning with a tiny Sandhill Crane colt on the morning after he hatched. Cute pictures of Little Baby Uno!
This is a “digital art” version of a photo from last March. The two Sandhill Crane colts were just a few days old. The day was windy and cold, and Mom would occasionally sit down and create an “insta-nest” for her two tired colts. The babies would scurry behind her back and crawl into her warm feathers. That’s the realistic story behind this photo. After staring at it on our calendar for this month of January, however, Rich had a better interpretation. Rich says it’s a game of Hide and Seek! The colt on the right is hiding his eyes and counting down. The colt on the left…well, we’re not sure if he’s hiding under Mom’s head, or asking for suggestions about where to go. Better hurry up and decide! 10…9…8… I can’t wait to get out and photograph these beautiful birds again this spring!
Favorite photographic memories of 2015
Why did the Sandhill Cranes cross the road? :)
This year’s Sandhill Crane colts are just as cute as ever! A windy morning gave me several opportunities for nesting shots with Mom.
I processed some of my Sandhill Crane family pictures in Topaz Glow. What a fun program! I loved all the different effects.
2014 Year in Review: Favorite photographic moments, with lots of cute baby birds! The best moment was the Sandhill Crane hatching. :)
Sandhill Cranes grow up quickly! I photographed my little family twice more, when the colts were 5 and 19 days old.
The best morning with my Sandhill Crane colts yielded lots of bugs, lots of playtime romps, a photobomb, and a cute head shot!
More cute Sandhill Crane colts covered in grass seeds as they made their way back to the nest for a rousing romp and a sweet good night
Continuing the story of “my” Sandhill Crane colts…images from their first morning of life, on the nest with Mom
Revisiting favorite shots from the spring…wonderful video of my tiny colts playing at the nest on their first full day in the world.