Mar 182013
 

Great-horned Owl (photographed pulled over in my car along the side of the road from a safe distance)

This morning I birded West Pasco County with my new friend David Gagne. We had a fantastic time. My biggest hope was to see a Seaside Sparrow, and we found at least one at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park. We heard several Clapper Rails, a Virginia Rail and a Sora. We then went to the Gulf Harbors Golf course, which is now abandoned, we saw many ducks.

At least 600 Redheads were there and lots of Red-breasted Mergansers, including one adult male (the first adult male I’ve seen in Florida). We also saw my first Buffleheads of the year. We also found a Northern Shoveler, a Northern Pintail, a couple Ring-necked Ducks, some Lesser Scaup and one female Greater Scaup.

On the way home I saw the scene above. Pretty fun to see. So while it pays to keep your eyes on the road, it also can be nice to look up from time to time.

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Bufflehead

Redhead

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Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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Harsh Vardhan
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Your Great-horned Owl is most impressive. I am in Jaipur, India, holding Birding Fair for years to conserve local Man Sagar lake which started happening, any connectivity?
Harsh Vardhan: http://www.birdfair.org & http://www.ourindiantours.com.

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