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, […]

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Southwest Florida Birding Hot Spots

I just finished my 2013 Southwest Florida birding and photography trip. February is nesting and mating season so the birds are active and decked out in breeding plumage making for great photo ops. Some chicks, such as great blue herons and anhingas, have already hatched. It’s a great time of year. I’vebeen shooting in Florida […]

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Mead Gardens, 2/13/2013

There was a sure sign that Spring is returning to Central Florida this morning at Mead Gardens–the lovely sound of Northern Parula singing in the Live Oak trees. It’s a very welcome sound, and I found about 5 this morning, though none posed for photographs. A pair of Wood Ducks, however, were just begging to […]

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Local Wetlands Never Disappoint

For us nature photographers who are lucky enough to live in Florida, when the shorebirds of Spring and Summer all leave their nesting areas, we wait with great anticipation for December, when the season starts all over again. So December rolled around and as if nature wanted to reward our patience, our wetland areas started […]

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Sandhill Cranes throughout the United States

Sandhill cranes are one of my favorite birds. I have yet to see them during spring migration in Nebraska, where it gets its name because of the Nebraska’s sandhills. However, I have observed them, and photograph them in Florida, the subspecies in Florida is considered endangered, New Mexico at Bosque del Apache, and the cranberry […]

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Swamp Sparrow Weirdness

Swamp Sparrow The other day I found some odd-looking Swamp Sparrows. For comparison, I thought I’d first show a couple normal-looking Swamp Sparrows. These top two photos have either no streaking or very diffuse streaking on the breast. Swamp Sparrow This one below has streaking a little more well-defined, and I’m no good at aging […]

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Photography and Birding Hotspots in Seminole County, FL

When I first moved to Central Florida, the first places I visited for nature and bird photography were in Brevard and Orange Counties. I didn’t know of any good places to visit in Seminole County where I live. Every new place I found was in another county. But last year I began discovering my home. […]

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