Aug 102017
 
Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser Babies

As usual, the short Canadian summer feels like it’s moving at light speed. Is it already August? July was all about trying to balance regular summer activities (like paddling, camping and socializing with friends) with birding. Birding is fairly slow in July anyway, so it was nice to shift my focus for a while. Saying […]

Apr 242017
 
Orlando Wetlands Park, 4/8/2017

On April 8, I drove out to Orlando Wetlands Park, one of my favorite destinations in Orange County (second only to Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive). I was not disappointed. I decided this year I would try to diversify my photography and make a special effort to photograph scenery, wildflowers and wildlife other than birds. Orlando […]

Sep 282016
 
Quiet Nature Preserves Have Their Busy Days

We have a small nature preserve in town named The Helen Carlson Wildlife Sanctuary. I like to stop in for a quick look around whenever I’m in the area. During my last visit their was a Red-shouldered Hawk calling out keyeer keyeer keeyer from the top of a pine tree just as I was getting […]

Aug 062016
 
Another Harns Marsh Preserve Fail

Having missed the Everglade Snail Kite at Harns Marsh Preserve last week, I was compelled to make a follow up trip on 26 July to attempt to observe the species. I was much more observant to find Apple Snail eggs as well. The clutch of eggs above I questimate to contain 500, well within the […]

Sep 112015
 
Little Big Econ SF (Brumley Rd Trailhead), 8/22/2015

Last week I walked out to the St. Johns River at Puzzle Lake from Brumley Rd with a friend of mine. It was his first time out with me to this location. We were both hoping for some new Seminole County birds – he wanted Pectoral Sandpiper and Cliff Swallow and I wanted Black Tern […]

Apr 172013
 
Green Heron

The Green Heron (Butorides virescens) is one of four herons found in Florida, the others being the Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron and Tricolor Heron. This small wading bird (19 inches) is a still hunter, found waiting in ambush on the edges of marshes, ponds, lakes and rivers…both fresh and salt water.Here’s a great […]

Feb 272013
 
Fieldtrip to Shark Valley

Shark Valley, regardless of the 11 mile road work, proved to be very interesting. I would say even better than the Burrowing Owls at Brian Piccolo Park. We had been very disappointed with our session at Anhinga Trail, which we found very neglected and with very few subjects for this time of year. Shark Valley, […]

Green Heron Butorides virescens

 
Green Heron Butorides virescens

The Green Heron (Butorides virescens) is a small heron of North and Central America. It was long considered conspecific with its sister species the Striated Heron (Butorides striata), and together they were called “Green-backed Heron”. Birds of the nominate subspecies (no matter which taxonomic arrangement is preferred) are extremely rare vagrants to western Europe; individuals […]

Sep 152012
 
Best Photo of the Week Competition 15 Sep 2012

During the last week our authors and photographers have posted some outstanding articles packed with top-ranking wildlife images. Our competition is called “Best Photo of the Week”. Click on the first image and then page through the slideshow. Please select the three images you like best of all and vote for them at the bottom […]

Sep 062012
 
The Calm and the Fury

I named this post “The Calm and the Fury” because it shows the both sides of the Green Heron: the calm, perching bird, flying and just looking around. Shot at ISO 200, f/8, 1/250, @ 150mm Afterwards the furious and ferocious bird emerges from the leaves and catches a prey. This shot was a personal […]

Sep 052012
 
The Watchful Eye of the Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

I first saw the Green Heron in San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Botanical Garden Reserve. I observed it was so swift compared to the larger herons, I thought I would never be able to photograph it because it was smaller and one of the more restless herons. It was in one of the little lakes at […]