Birding By The Sea

Well, this is not actually a post about birding by the sea, but birding by the Long Island Sound at Hammonasset Beach State Park. Images in this post are from a trip to Hammonasset in mid-January when I met world eBirders Julie Hart and Daniel Schlaepfer with four additional visits in February. Julie was kind […]

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Fraile (Killdeer) Charadrius vociferus

Durante mi viaje a Cuba he tenido la oportunidad de fotografiar al Fraile mientras realizaba una caminata de 4 kilómetros para llegar hasta Cayo Buba. En un determinado punto del trayecto fuí observando que la arena de la playa daba lugar a restos triturados de caracoles que cubrían toda la superficie de la playa y […]

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A Lost Opportunity At Hammonasset

For a handful of days after mid April 2017 Hammonasset Beach State Park was host to a rare species of bird for its time and place.           The Killdeer above (image 1) was photographed at Hammonasset Beach State Park in April 2017. A conscientious effort on my part to avoid bad […]

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Migrating Upland Sandpiper At EAA

A second late summer visit to the Everglades Agricultural Area was rewarding for a handful of species photographed this week. An early departure from Fort Myers with Bird Patrol volunteer Tom Obrock allowed a near sunrise arrival at the sod fields on Hatton Road just south of FL SR 80 that had been noted to […]

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Early Migration At The Everglades Ag Area

A spectacular destination for the observation of migrating shorebirds is within the Everglades Agricultural Area adjacent to Belle Glade, Florida. The Everglades agricultural fields encompass about 700,000 acres which are predominately planted with sugarcane. Preceding crop rotation the fields are flooded to control pests, with rice typically grown offering a conditioning of the soil as […]

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Deadly Brain Disease Is Driving Swamp Birds Insane

It’s not easy to make a living as a bird of prey, especially if you’re a Florida snail kite. Once at risk of starvation due to declines in its favored prey, the endangered bird is now facing a terrifying threat: a deadly disease that drives birds insane. True to its name, the foot-long snail kite […]

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Killdeer

Photographers sometimes shy away from photos like this. I call them field guide shots. The bird is doing nothing, just standing in full profile, but you can see everything about the bird that helps you identify it. As photographers, we often want action shots, interesting poses, or at least something that makes the photo stand […]

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American Kestrel Flight under Morning Light

This morning I arrived at Central Winds to find an American Kestrel on one of the goal posts of the football field. I saw the Kestrel fly off to terrorize some Killdeer, so I took that opportunity to position myself in between the sun and the goal post, hopefully get shots of it returning with […]

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PIPL are People Too!

Took a quick trip to the coast in December to check out some areas we hadn’t been to yet (Sea Rim State Park and parts of McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge). Camped out and birded/played the next day. Saw a lot of good birds but I was happy mainly because I got my plover fix. Piping, […]

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