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Sunrise and a Vermilion Flycatcher

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When Michael Libbe and I headed out to Orlando Wetlands Park in late October, we had two goals: to photograph a great sunrise and a Vermilion Flycatcher.  Michael ordered some nice wispy clouds for sunrise, and he sorta got his wish.  I love being at the wetlands for sunrise, but I’m always annoyed at my pictures because there is so much clutter in the water and in the foreground.  I tried framing the sunrise vertically and horizontally, and we both walked back and forth across the path, trying to find the best angle.  This was my favorite shot. After the sunrise, we walked to the back of the park where the Vermilion Flycatcher has returned for the third year in a row.  The Vermilion is a rare bird in Florida.  If you ask the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, their records show that he lives out west, from California to Texas.  So it’s noteworthy that this bird seems to return to Orlando Wetlands each year.  He likes to hang out far away in the cypress trees, so Michael and I set up our tripods to wait him out.  He mocked us, darting from his branch to the water and back again, […]

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My First (Blurry) Vermilion Flycatcher

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Yesterday I posted a picture of a clump of Cypress trees with two birds.  If you missed the red dot, don’t feel badly…that’s how I felt when I got my first glimpse of a Vermilion Flycatcher at Orlando Wetlands this weekend.  The other bird in the shot was a Belted Kingfisher.  There are lots of those at the wetlands right now, and it’s really hard to miss them.  I met some friends at OWP this weekend so that we could search for the flycatcher.  He stayed out in the far trees for most of our time there.  But at one point he moved to a slightly less distant branch, and with both teleconverters on the Beast, I was able to make out his eye.  I need to go back and beg him to cooperate! :)