First of Summer Turtle!

June 30, 2018 - Rich and I have been counting the days till peak turtle nesting season....  We headed to the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge a few weeks ago and struck out - a long sweaty walk and no turtles....  This morning, we got there super early and found a turtle right behind…... Read more


World Turtle Day

May 23, 2018 -  It's World Turtle Day!... World Turtle Day was established in the year 2000 to celebrate sea turtles, teach people about them, and in doing so, encourage protection of our favorite sea creatures.... If you are in Florida for the summer, consider going on a guided sea turtle nesting walk.... Read more


Rich’s Turtle Hat Trick

August 7, 2017 -  When applied to turtles, it means that Rich saw three turtles on the beach on one mid-July morning!...  It's not often that Rich gets up that early - only for turtles!...  It wasn't too long before we spotted our first turtle as she re-entered the water.... Read more


Nesting Green Sea Turtle

July 14, 2017 - We interrupt this stream of Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive birding for an important announcement: Rich saw a nesting sea turtle!...   Usually turtles nest at night, but sometimes you can find mothers who are still laying their eggs at first light.... Yes, Rich, even in a post about turtles, I…... Read more


Happy World Turtle Day 2017!

May 23, 2017 - Happy World Turtle Day!!... Regular readers of my blog will know that Rich is a turtle enthusiast....  As a matter of fact, our blog title combines our love of cats and his love of turtles (yes, we chose the domain name before the family ornithology obsession began!)  So we have…... Read more


Return to the Sea – Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchlings!!

July 12, 2015 - We interrupt the previously scheduled blog post to bring breaking news from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, where <gasp> Rich joined me for sunrise this morning and <woo hoo!> we saw a pair of hatchling Loggerhead Sea Turtles make their return to the sea!!... When I was a kid, my cousins…... Read more


A Cruise Down Silver Springs

June 16, 2015 - There were turtles all over the place!...  I'm used to the skittish turtles around our lakes that dive into the water as soon as they see a human approaching....  Of course I had to take lots of turtle photos for Rich.... Read more


Turtle Walk 2015

June 14, 2015 - For our wedding anniversary Rich and I escaped to the beach for a turtle walk....  Regular readers of my blog will know that Rich is a turtle freak, and I'm obligated to bring home as many photos of turtles as I can possibly fit on a memory card....  So Rich…... Read more

Wake Up and Preen

Small Things to Make You Smile (Lake Morton)

August 6, 2014 -  It was five or six teeny tiny turtles....  Mindful of Rich's dislike of Limpkins (ever since I saw one eating a baby turtle at Circle B), I glanced around to see if my little turtles were safe....  I stood there protecting the turtles until they all made it to cover.... Read more


Snapping Turtle for Rich

April 4, 2014 -  But our best find of the morning (at least, according to my turtle-loving husband Rich) was this snapping turtle....  At least, I'm pretty sure it's a snapping turtle!... The snapping turtle was back!... Read more


The Incredible Nesting Sea Turtle

June 10, 2012 - For years I've been telling Rich about going on turtle walks when I was little.  My grandparents lived really close to Loggerhead Park, a turtle rehabilitation center.  It was right across the street from the beach.  The center occasionally sponsored walks at night, allowing people to see the adult turtles…... Read more


Happy World Turtle Day

May 23, 2012 - Rich wishes everyone a Happy World Turtle Day!... If you didn't know, World Turtle Day is an annual event to protect turtles and tortoises around the world.  This year Rich is helping to protect sea turtles by being an "adoptor" of a Hawksbill Sea Turtle.  Here are some things you…... Read more


The Two Turtles – Circle B Bar Reserve

March 4, 2012 - To continue the "Lord of the Rings" titles, this post is about "The Two Turtles" (and some birds, hehe).  Rich was a very happy camper when I got home from the Circle B Bar Reserve with several pictures of turtles.  He said I had to post at least one –…... Read more


Out of Bounds Attempt #2

January 8, 2012 - Rich told me that I had to practice on turtles.  After all, this site is called "cat and turtle."  (Don't tell Rich, but attempt #1 was on a coot taking a bath and I really liked how it turned out!)  So here is my second attempt, on a turtle which…... Read more

In Search of a Long-Tailed Duck at Lake Davis

November 23, 2011 - I've been reading about the Long-Tailed Duck on Birdbrains, so Rich and I decided to drive over to Lake Davis to see if we could find it.  Lake Davis is a small lake in the middle of a downtown Orlando neighborhood.  It's very close to Greenwood Cemetery, but I resisted…... Read more



October 26, 2011 - I got in trouble with my turtle-loving husband when I didn't post the picture of the turtle that I took at Circle B on Saturday.... So here's the turtle.... Read more


One For Rich

October 5, 2011 - I've been hearing complaints about the lack of turtle posts.... So here's a turtle from the Circle B Bar Reserve this weekend!... Read more


Callaway Gardens Vacation: Part 2 – Turtles!

August 27, 2011 - Rich's favorite part of our Callaway Gardens vacations is seeing the many turtles in the lakes.  The two best places to see turtles are in the lake right outside the Discovery Center, and at the little pavilion by Mockingbird Lake.  We also saw them sunning themselves on a log in…... Read more


Slow motion: Turtles

August 22, 2011 - Friends often ask why our website is called "catandturtle" when most of my photographs are of birds.... Well, I've always been a cat lover, and Rich has grown up with an obsession for turtles.... So when I come back from photographing, Rich always asks if I've seen any turtles.... Read more


Anniversary at Bok Tower Gardens

June 5, 2011 - Since it's our anniversary, I'll be nice and post a turtle picture for Rich.  (He does remind me regularly that this site was inspired by cats and turtles...long before the birding craze began!)  So here are three turtles who were sunning themselves at the Window by the Pond.... Turtle There…... 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


Turtles from the Circle B Bar Reserve

May 16, 2011 - Every afternoon when I get home from the Circle B Bar Reserve, Rich pounces on me and asks for pictures of turtles.  Usually I haven't seen many, or gotten great photo ops of the ones that I do see.  So this weekend when I came across a small turtle making…... Read more



March 3, 2011 - Rich gets annoyed at me for not posting more pictures of turtles.  After all, our site is called "catandturtle" because I like cats and he likes turtles!  Then I did post a video of a turtle, but Rich refuses to watch it, because the turtle was being consumed by a…... Read more


Snow Geese at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

December 20, 2010 - The first thing we saw when we walked into the refuge was a turtle.  (Happy Rich!)  He sat there sunning himself, with all four of his feet sticking out.  The turtle kind of rocked back and forth on his shell.  We saw several turtles over the course of the day.... Read more

Turtles at Stoneybrook West

July 27, 2010 - We haven't been seeing very many turtles at the Circle B Bar Reserve lately.  But Rich found a kindred turtle spirit living a few blocks away from us.  We had to laugh when we first saw this yard statue of a turtle with his golf gear.  It felt very appropriate…... Read more

Baby Roseate Spoonbills at the Alligator Farm

June 11, 2010 - Cattle Egret feeding As we left the Rookery, I had to stop and take pictures of the Galapagos turtles for Rich.  (I get in trouble if I don't bring home at least one turtle picture!)  So here you go, Rich...... Galapagos turtle... Read more

Birding at Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area

May 22, 2010 - Cattle Egret On our way out, we saw two huge soft-shelled turtles, both on the side of the road.  We'd never seen soft-shelleds so big before!  (Rich saw them and said "cool!") Soft-shelled Turtle... Read more

Baby Birds at Gatorland Bird Rookery

April 25, 2010 - Peacock Oh, and Rich says I have to post a picture of a turtle, so here's my favorite from today.  I didn't know turtle shells worked well as gator pillows, but I guess you learn something new every day!... Turtles around gator... Read more


Callaway Gardens Trip – Spring 2010

April 15, 2010 - We spent the whole four days walking around the gardens.  There are several good hikes that Rich likes, one that takes us right near what he has dubbed Turtle Pavilion.  There are also lots of turtles under the bridge outside the Discovery Center.  They fight with the fish for fish…... Read more

Hummingbirds at Leu Gardens

December 11, 2009 - Rich and I took his parents to Leu Gardens while they were here in Florida.  Being turtle people, they were excited to see the turtles in the pond: turtle I was more excited to see this female ruby-throated hummingbird nectaring.  It's late in the year to see hummers in Orlando. …... Read more

Turtles! at Loggerhead Park

October 24, 2009 - Dyeyo, Rich, and I visited Grandpa Dave in Juno Beach today.  We couldn't go so close to the Turtle Museum (officially named Loggerhead Park) without letting Rich get his turtle fix.... Loggerhead turtle... Read more

Georgia Aquarium trip

August 27, 2008 - We went to the Georgia Aquarium to see turtles for Rich's 29th b-day.... Of course we had to check out the loggerhead sea turtle first.... Loggerhead Turtle There was also an impressive beluga whale on exhibit.... Read more

A trip to the Turtle Museum for Rich

August 11, 2007 - When I was a kid visiting my grandparents in Juno Beach, we'd often go over to Loggerhead Park, the "Turtle Museum" across the street from my grandparents' condo.... So when I married a turtle freak, I told him all about the museum.... We finally got to visit and Rich had…... Read more

Butterfly exhibit at Brevard Zoo

July 6, 2007 - Rich was overjoyed to see some turtles at the zoo.... I think we spent more time turtle-gazing than we did with the butterflies!... Turtle Turtle Now you can't go to a zoo without admiring the other critters that live there.... Read more