Springtime bird photography at Lake Morton, Lakeland. Baby ducklings, birds in breeding plumage, nesting Mute Swans, cooperative Wood Ducks!
My dad and I spotted our first-of-fall Belted Kingfisher at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive on July 16. Fall migration is underway!
A June morning of photography at Lake Morton yielded juvenile cygnets, Wood Ducks, Wood Storks, and a Common Gallinule nest
My dad and I discovered Apple Snail Paradise and photographed Snail Kites
A quiet morning of bird photography at Lake Morton – Ruddy Ducks, Muscovy ducklings, American White Pelicans, and wise Wood Storks
When Michael invited my dad and me on a monkey cruise at Silver Springs, I had no idea what to expect…it turned out to be awesome!
Springtime is the best time at Lakes Morton and Mirror, where it’s easy to photograph tame birds in breeding plumage, and cute babies!
Ducks are back at Lake Morton! They gave me some good wing-flaps last weekend when the sun finally came out.
A summer morning at Lake Morton led me to tiny turtles, young swans, and a protective Father Goose with teenage Muscovy Ducks.
A spring morning is a great time to walk around Lake Morton. While I didn’t see babies, the lingering winter migrants kept me entertained.
Three days after Christmas, the weather forecasters promised us some sun. It was a welcome forecast, as it had been cloudy for days. So I got up early and headed to Lake Morton for sunrise. I hadn’t been there to visit my swans in quite a while. But it was another dull gray day. You […]
There were lots of fun birds to photograph on my last visit to Lake Morton. Besides the juvenile swans, there was a family of baby Limpkins, as well as the regular “menagerie” of ducks and geese. Early mornings are always good for bath shots! So here’s some more from Lake Morton… A pair of Black-necked […]
I was a little surprised to find a tiny Mallard chick at Lake Morton on Sunday. He toppled into the water to follow Mom when I accidentally spooked her. He had a whole family of Mallards who seemed to be watching out for him. It’s unusual to see just one of this size – the […]
While checking on the swan nests at Lake Morton recently, I’ve gotten to see some other fun babies too. In early April, I came across a flock of recently-hatched Mallard chicks, probably between 12 and 18 of them. In later visits, the babies were bigger, although in fewer numbers. They are certainly well-fed at that […]
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 – […]
It’s hard to believe that Rich and I have been married for seven years. We were married at Bok Tower Gardens, so we decided to go back there today in honor of our anniversary. Rich didn’t mind that I brought The Beast along. We saw lots of great baby birds. Since it’s our anniversary, I’ll […]
Yes, that’s right, we saw a hummingbird at the Circle B Bar Reserve this morning! I didn’t get a picture—those guys move fast! I couldn’t see it for long enough to tell what kind of hummer, either, although I assume it was a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. But it was most definitely a hummer! Dyeyo and I […]
The weather was cool, the sunrise was awesome, the birds were out, and there was a breeze! I couldn’t imagine a more perfect morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve. There was a Tricolored Heron in his usual place, fishing where the water flows under the trail. He looked great in the morning light. The […]
Sunrise at the Circle B Bar Reserve is magical. Maybe because two mornings are never alike. This morning, we were hiking on Heron Hideout when suddenly about twenty Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks took to the air around us. Calling back and forth to each other with their sweet distinctive whistle, the birds flew round and round […]