Springtime bird photography at Lake Morton, Lakeland. Baby ducklings, birds in breeding plumage, nesting Mute Swans, cooperative Wood Ducks!
My addiction to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive continues! On this particular visit, I scored a first-summer Orchard Oriole and my lifer Cave Swallow
A search for Fort De Soto migrants yielded Summer Tanager, Hermit Thrush, Orchard Oriole, and my one of my favorite birds: Roseate Spoonbill!
An early May photography expedition to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yielded Osprey, Red-winged Blackbirds, a surprise Sora, Common Gallinule chicks, and a cooperative Barn Swallow
A quiet morning of bird photography at Lake Morton – Ruddy Ducks, Muscovy ducklings, American White Pelicans, and wise Wood Storks
Springtime is the best time at Lakes Morton and Mirror, where it’s easy to photograph tame birds in breeding plumage, and cute babies!
I often visit Lake Morton in Lakeland, but I had never ridden over to nearby Lake Mirror. Several photographer friends keep asking me if I have photographed the Mandarin Ducks there. The City of Lakeland introduced the mandarins and a couple of Shelducks, which are both exotic species (not native to Florida). I finally […]
Last weekend I visited Lake Morton in hopes of photographing swan courtship. My friend Kim recently posted an amazing image of two “love birds” whose necks came together to form a heart on the lake. It’s a touching reminder that it’s my favorite time of the year: baby bird season! I can’t wait for the […]
Yesterday at the Circle B Bar Reserve, Michael and I came across a group of White Ibis in my “treasure tree” along the Heron Hideout trail. I’ve had many lifers in that tree, but I almost passed it without a second glance when I saw just a few common White Ibises at the treetop. Then […]
I hope you’re not tired of reading about the Black Skimmers yet, because today’s post brings you more from Indian Rocks Beach! One of my goals for this summer was to capture the interaction between skimmers in mid-air during the nesting season. I like to call these interactions “skimmer skirmishes,” when two adults take to […]
Herman took my dad and me on a boat trip to the Polk Rookery this past weekend. It was my first time being there in the afternoon, so it was fun to see the nests that are not well illuminated in my normal morning light. There don’t seem to be as many nests this year […]
Somebody needs to tell the groundhog that he really mis-predicted the weather this year. Instead of his projected early spring, we got freezing cold temperatures well into April! Still, Fort De Soto is an awesome place for springtime bird photography, even if there’s wind and cold. I spent a very pleasant evening and morning at […]
Herman invited my dad and me out on his boat to visit the Polk Rookery on Father’s Day. Activity there is winding down. Many of the young birds have already fledged. Recent rains have left the rookery cleaner — and less smelly — than I remember from the end of last season. There was still […]
Last week Rich and I were in Lakeland to judge the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. We had a great time talking to the students about their projects. Afterward, I twisted Rich’s arm into taking a nice walk around nearby Lake Morton. I wanted to see if the Mute Swans were nesting yet – […]
The White Ibises at Fort De Soto last weekend were sporting some very brilliant breeding colors. A group of them fed for me in the little pool near the concession stand on the North Beach. When bright white birds with great red beaks stand there patiently pulling crab after crab out of the water, it […]
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 – after all, this site is […]
I almost decided not to go to the Circle B Bar Reserve this morning. The forecast predicted a mostly cloudy morning, and the cloud cover over our house at 6am was thick. But I didn’t want to miss my last vacation opportunity to go to Circle B, so I went anyway. My dad likes to […]
Yesterday (Saturday) was the October photo hike at the Circle B Bar Reserve. My dad and I led three enthusiastic birders around the trails at the reserve. Last year our walks were big and we had a wide variety of birding/photography skill levels. This year our walks have been very small, and today’s group of […]
Goldy and Squirt (and Whiskey!) have been in indoor kitty bird-watching paradise for the last week or so. This juvenile White Ibis has taken up residence in our backyard. He spends hours wandering back and forth across the yard, looking for bugs and things in the rosebeds, and searching for dropped seed under the feeders. […]
Today Herman took Dyeyo and me for one last boat ride in the Polk Rookery. The nesting season has all but ended. Most of the birds have left, leaving the islands very empty looking. A few adults and fledglings were still perched at the top of the Brazilian Pepper, allowing for easier subject isolation. It […]