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After a rapid drop in temperature combined with gusty winds, the wind chill factors ranged from -15 to -20 degrees.  Needless to say it was COLD!

When the temperature rose to the teens, the snowfall began making for a a barren landscape for the birds and making it more difficult to access food sources.  

After shoveling a path on the deck and preparing a small sheltered feeding full of Safflower seed, we have been blessed with a variety of birds refueling to stay warm and energized.

 

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Open Wide https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/3/open-wide Open WideOpen Wide

 

After a successful catch, this brown pelican was working hard to get it through its gular pouch.

 

Look closely and you can see the outline of the fish near the bottom of the pouch.

 

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In the Snow https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/in-the-snow In the SnowIn the Snow

 

While I have no love of snow and freezing temperatures, I must admit that it provides a great backdrop for some bird photography.  This male cardinal is a great subject to show off against the white background.

Must admit, however, That I took this through the window as I was not as brave as the bird in facing the elements.

 

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Easy Pickin's https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/easy-pickins Easy Pickin'sEasy Pickin's

 

Red-bellied woodpeckers are pretty common here in Southeast Michigan.  They inhabit a variety of wooded areas including forests and wetlands.

They are attracted to feeders with suet and seeds which gives us the opportunity to see them up close.

 

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Many Facets of Bathing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/many-facets-of-bathing Many Facets of BathingMany Facets of Bathing

 

Of the various rituals that swans engage in, bathing serves several purposes:

- Feather maintenance

-Social bonding as the pen and cob often bathe together

-Territorial Marking which they accomplish through displays of splashing and sound/vocalization.

As they perform this ritual several times a day, it provides us with the opportunity to observe their elegant and graceful movements while in the water.

 

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Shaking It Off https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/shaking-it-off Shaking It OffShaking It Off

 

Bathing helps the mute swans maintain  cleanliness and waterproofing of their feathers.  As part of the bathing process, there is a gland at the base of their tails which contains oil which they spread to make their feathers water resistant.

 

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Daily Ritual https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/daily-ritual Daily RitualDaily Ritual

 

Mute swans engage in a variety of interesting rituals including bathing. This daily ritual, which oftentimes occurs multiple times a day, is a crucial aspect of their grooming behavior.

 

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Back to the Feeder https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/back-to-the-feeder Back to the FeederBack to the Feeder

 

This Red-bellied Woodpecker has a diverse diet including insects, fruits and seeds.  Here in southeast Michigan during the winter month it is a lot easier to feast on seeds, especially those provided in feeders near to its home in a tree cavity.

This one spends the day here flying between the large oak tree and the feeder.  Its ritual is take fly about 30 feet from the large oak tree, eat a few safflower seeds at the feeder and carry some back to the fork in the tree.  Once done, it begins the round trip continually throughout the daylight hours or until the seeds are replenished. 

 

 

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Up and Away https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/up-and-away Up and AwayUp and Away

 

A seen here, the male cardinal is known for is vibrant red plumage which covers most of their body.  Other prominent features are a black mask around their eyes and a conspicuous crest on their heads.  Their beaks are either red or orange.

In comparison to the female of the species, the male is larger overall which plays a role in its behavior within its habitat.

 

 

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Leap of Faith https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/leap-of-faith Leap of FaithLeap of Faith

 

In spite of their name - - "Red-bellied Woodpecker" - - the red belly of it is rarely seen.  They are more easily recognizable by the vibrant red cap they wear on the back of their heads

 

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Elegance https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/elegance EleganceElegance

 

In the midst of winter's icy grip on our small inland lake, the usually serene lake becomes more of a competitive battleground for the waterfowl searching for food.  As the temperatures dropped to single digits with below zero wind chills for several days, the usually fluid surface of the lake solidified and rapidly diminished the open water available to those looking for food.

Another testament of nature's ability to surprise and captivate the imagination even during the harshest conditions.

 

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Toward the Sun https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/toward-the-sun-1 Toward the SunToward the Sun

 

In the South some folklore beliefs include one that says if you see a cardinal flying toward the sun then good fortune is on the way.  I

I waited a long time to see which way this male cardinal was headed.  Unfortunately it flew to the ground to pick up some seed along with the finches and juncos already feeding in the snow.

 

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Crested Songbird https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/crested-songbird Crested SongbirdCrested Songbird

 

Cardinals are easily recognized mainly by their plumage and their crested heads.  Their crests can be raised or lowered depending on their mood (similar to a dog's tail).

Male cardinals are recognized by their brilliant red plumage while the female (seen here) are a more subdued brownish color.

Unlike many migratory birds, cardinals are year round residents so we get to see in our backyards and wooded areas year round.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #cardinal #female cardinal #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography . https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/crested-songbird Wed, 07 Feb 2024 13:05:12 GMT
Good Luck https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/good-luck Good LuckGood Luck

 

Cardinals are often associated with various beliefs about good fortune and good luck.  In North American folklore the cardinal is considered a symbol of positive energy as well as good luck.

In Southern folklore, if you see a cardinal flying toward the sun, then you should be getting good fortune;  if it is flying away from the sun it could be taking away negative energy with it.

Some Native American cultures believe that the male's vibrant red feathers are a sign of passion and life force.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #cardinal #male cardinal #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/good-luck Mon, 05 Feb 2024 13:21:01 GMT
Double Pleasure https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/2/double-pleasure Double PleasureDouble Pleasure

 

These two female Merganser ducks truly showed off their fishing skills with both ducks coming up with a fish.

Their feathers were shimmering with water droplets as they emerged from underwater with a double catch.

it was like nature's ballet showcasing their skill at fishing beneath the icy surface while seamlessly blending in with the frozen landscape. It was a true testament to the resilience and adaptability of wildlife deep in the heart of Michigan's harsh winter embrace.

 

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Good Fishing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/good-fishing Good FishingGood Fishing

 

Merganser ducks are very skilled divers.  They dive underwater to search for food which consists primarily of fish and aquatic invertebrates.

Here they were fishing along the edge of the skim ice that began forming one day earlier. 

It isi interesting to watch them  navigate the edge of the ice with remarkable agility, then dive into the frigid waters where they embark on their fishing expedition.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #female hooded merganser #female merganser #hooded merganser duck #mergansers with fish #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/good-fishing Wed, 31 Jan 2024 13:07:29 GMT
Nomadic Nature https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/nomadic-nature Nomadic NatureNomadic Nature

 

Female Hooded Merganser Ducks are noted for their striking appearance with a distinctive elegant hood on their heads.

Many ducks are known for their migratory patterns.  Hooded Mergansers are even more nomadic than other breeds as they move around searching for the best breeding and feeding grounds.

Our lake provides both so we are fortunate to see them when it is not frozen over.

 

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Seeking Refuge https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/seeking-refuge Seeking RefugeSeeking Refuge

 

As the temperatures went downhill faster than a downhill racer on an icy slope, the skim ice quickly spread and thickened to the point where the lake froze solid.  I was able to sit watching as the fluid lake solidified quickly driving the swans and geese ashore to avoid getting entrapped.

This male mute swan took up temporary refuge in the wetland area behind our home.  It was so close, and the look on it's face seemed to display displeasure with its situation that my dog and I chose a different route to get outside.

Must admit, if I read the swans thoughts correctly, we were on the same page!!

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #mute swan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/seeking-refuge Fri, 26 Jan 2024 12:59:42 GMT
Slippin' & Slidin' https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/slippin-slidin Slippin' & Slidin'Slippin' & Slidin'

 

Right in the middle of January the temperatures dropped quickly and radically  which combined with gusty winds resulted in wind chills of -15 degrees.

A normally serene lake filled with waterfowl rapidly changed into an unexpected battleground for open water and food sources. As the avian residents quickly begin to adapt to the diminishing open water, the now frozen lake bears witness to the struggle for survival

The weather has presented an unpredictable challenge which requires skill and agility to avoid getting trapped in winter's icy embrace.
 

 

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Frozen https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/frozen FrozenFrozen

 

In contrast to the background of the frozen expanse, the swans and the geese appear almost ethereal with their plumage contrasting with the white of the ice.  This once harmonious scene now bears witness to the struggle for survival.

 

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Pen and Cob https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/pen-and-cob Pen and CobPen and Cob

 

During the migratory period when all the ducks show up, the swans seem to accept the temporary intrusion on "their" lake with grace.  Any other swans attempting to access the lake to visit or feed are aggressively pursued by the resident couple and chased away.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #michigan #morris lake #mute swans #nature photography #oakland county #sony cameras #wildlife photography sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/pen-and-cob Mon, 22 Jan 2024 12:34:10 GMT
Pen & Cob Juveniles https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/pen-cob-juveniles Pen & Cob JuvenilesPen & Cob Juveniles

 

Swans really are captivating.  When they first hatch they are not the pristine white color we normally associate with them when they are mature.

When they are born, they have very fluffy down which is either gray or brown providing them with some natural camouflage.   They need all the help they can get as the cygnets (young swans) are susceptible to many predators.

These juveniles arran be recognized by the transformation in the coloration of their feathers.  The gray and brown feathers gradually begin to be replaced by the white feathers.  It will take about 2 years for the transformation to become complete when the iconic white feathers will be in full display.

The female (the Pen) is on the right; the male (the Cob) is on the left.  Can you tell the difference?

 

 

 

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The Hen https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/the-hen The HenThe Hen

 

In comparison to the easily recognizable "green headed" male mallard, the female has a more mottled brown appearance.  She also has a quieter, more subtle "quack" than her male counterpart.

These ducks are very adaptable and can be found in a wide variety of habitats from ponds to marshes to lakes.

The mallards are an integral part for the perpetual fashion show in the duck world.

 

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Aix Sponsa https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/aix-sponsa Aix SponsaAix Sponsa

 

Wood Ducks are known for their vibrant plumage and somewhat unique behavior. One of the most striking features of the wood duck is the male's iridescent plumage.  The male showcases an absolutely stunning array of colors.  As you can see here, the color array includes greens. purples whites, etc.

By nature;s design the females exhibit more muted tones to provide them with more effective camouflage for nesting.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony cameras #wildlife photography #wood duck sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/aix-sponsa Mon, 15 Jan 2024 12:23:19 GMT
Dipping https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/dipping DippingDipping

 

The ducks' migration has begun in earnest.  It is a well-orchestrated feat ingrained in the ducks' instincts.  

Michigan is a vital stop along their route south as it offers a strategic refueling stop for these travelers.

 The temperatures had dropped below normal and a light snow was falling, and skim ice was forming near the edge of the feeding area.  nevertheless, refueling was the focus of these ducks and the weather did not hinder them from achieving their objective.
Here we see a few of the many male and female mallards dipping for the growth near the shoreline.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #mallards #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony cameras #wildlife photography sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/dipping Fri, 12 Jan 2024 14:30:05 GMT
Refelections https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/refelections RefelectionsRefelections

 

As you stroll along the winding paths within Cranbrook Gardens you gain a sense of peace and tranquility.  In the springtime there are cherry blossoms, in the fall there are vibrant hues of maple trees, both adding to a mesmerizing palette that captures the essence of changing seasons.

 

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Mergus Merganser https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/mergus-merganser Mergus MerganserMergus Merganser

 

The adult female common merganser is recognizable by her chestnut head which are clearly demarcated from her gray feathers on her chest.

Compared to the male of the species, the female tends to be somewhat smaller.  This size difference tends to be more subtle compared to other waterfowl, but out does contribute to overall physical distinction between the sexes.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #common merganser #ducks #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony cameras #wildlife photography sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/mergus-merganser Mon, 08 Jan 2024 12:42:57 GMT
Ring-Necked https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/ring-necked Ring NeckedRing Necked

 

If you are like me, I want to call this duck "Ring Billed" because of the obvious white ring on its bill.  Fooled me too!  The duck actually is named for the faint brown ring around its neck which only can be seen under the right lighting conditions.

This duck is interesting to watch as it is a skilled diver plunging beneath the surface of the lake to forage or invertebrates and seeds.

Itr also has a variety of vocalizations ranging from soft "quacks" to whistling sounds.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #ring necked duck #sony cameras #wildlife photography sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/ring-necked Fri, 05 Jan 2024 13:02:37 GMT
Juvenile Cob https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/juvenile-cob Juvenile CobJuvenile Cob

 

In case you could not find the difference between the male and female mute swans in yesterday's post, here is a prominent difference - - an easy way to tell whether it is a male or female.  Look at the base of the top of its beak for a black hump.  That distinguishes the male from the female.

 

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Drying Off https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/drying-off Drying OffDrying Off

 

Mallards really are fascinating ducks.  The male mallard seen here is called a drake.  The males have more vibrant colors with a glossy green head.  The females have a mottled brown appearance.

They also differ in the sounds they make.  The drake make a distinctive "quacking sound"; females have a quieter and a more subtle "quack".  The male also has the ability to make a variety of sounds.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #mallards #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony cameras #wildlife photography sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2024/1/drying-off Mon, 01 Jan 2024 13:33:18 GMT
The Migration https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/12/the-migration The MigrationThe Migration

 

As fall descends on Southeast Michigan, the skies come alive with the calls of ducks embarking on their annual migration south.  This area is a crucial stopover for a wide variety of duck species as it provides a great abundance and variety of wetlands and bodies of fresh water.

I am fortunate to live on the edge of a wetland and small lake where the ducks and other waterfowl visit and even take up residence.

During the past two weeks the weather has gone from above normal to below normal with snow and the migration has begun.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #mallards #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony cameras #wildlife photography #wood duck sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/12/the-migration Wed, 27 Dec 2023 17:22:30 GMT
Treasure Hunt https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/12/treasure-hunt Treasure HuntTreasure Hunt

 

Somehow the squirrels seem to know when Schatzi our rescue dog is sleeping.

If she is awake and sees a squirrel she stalks them and then springs toward the window in attack mode.  Of course, the sliding doorwall stops her forward progress, but the squirrels leave the walkway and quickly disappear just in case.

 

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The Couple https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/12/the-couple The CoupleThe Couple

 

As part of this year's annual migration a higher than normal number of merganser ducks joined the other breeds visiting our lake.

As you can see, there is a very notable difference between the male and the female.  One of the most apparent differences is in their plumage.  The male typically exhibits more striking colors featuring bold patterns of black and white primarily on their heads and bodies.  The female has more muted tones of gray and brown which provide her with better camouflage while nesting.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #mallards #merganser couple #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony cameras #wildlife photography sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/12/the-couple Wed, 20 Dec 2023 14:27:04 GMT
Standing Alone https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/12/standing-alone Standing AloneStanding Alone

 

In addition to the rich biodiversity of flowers, trees and wildlife found in Cranbrook Gardens the gardens house a multitude of architectural gems such as the Cranbrook House and a vast array of statues and fountains.

Overall, Cranbrook Gardens provides a picturesque canvas for nature photographers and a great backdrop for wedding photographers.

 

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Few of Many https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/12/few-of-many Few of ManyFew of Many

 

In between t the clouds and the snow showers, the sun broke out briefly and various groups of mallards were actively feeding along the shoreline.

 

I managed to count 32 mallards nearby and there were groups of other duck breeds scattered around the lake - - some dip[ping, some diving and some preening.

 

 

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Japanese Red Bridge https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/12/japanese-red-bridge Japanese Red BridgeJapanese Red Bridge

 

No matter whether you visit the Japanese Garden in the soft glow of the early morning light, at midday or beneath the shadows of late afternoon, the "Guzei" is a timeless feature that provides both visual allure and a touch of cultural charm to the natural landscape.

 

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In the Distance https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/12/in-the-distance-1 In the DistanceIn the Distance

 

Cranbrook Gardens located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan is a stunning botanical garden with rich natural and architectural heritage.  It is part of the Cranbrook educational Community and was founded in 1904 By George and Ellen Booth

This view captures the Reflecting Pool surrounded by a beautifully designed garden.  On the far side, you can ascend the stairway to view the sculptures and statues in the adjoining area.

 

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Gently Flowing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/12/gently-flowing Gently FlowingGently Flowing

 

Another picturesque and tranquil spot within Cranbrook Gardens where you can find peace and tranquility as you escape from daily hustle and bustle and reconnect with nature and yourself.

 

It is my go to spot and if you can find a way to get there, you will not only rejuvenate your spirit, but also will create a great memory to carry with you the rest of your life.

 

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The Guzei https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/12/the-guzei The GuzeiThe Guzei

 

When I wander  across the "Guzei" (Japanese Red Bridge") I get a sense of stepping into a tranquil realm where time slows down.  Obviously it serves a functional purpose of crossing the water, but more importantly, it acts as a symbolic gateway transporting me into a serene space where the beauty of Japanese design converges with the serenity of nature.

 

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Tranquility https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/12/tranquility TranquilityTranquility

 

This traditional  Japanese Red Bridge stands out as a captivating focal point within the scenic beauty of Cranbrook Gardens.  It gracefully arches over a winding stream creating a very striking contrast against the greenery that surrounds it.

 

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Up and Away https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/12/up-and-away Up and AwayUp and Away

 

Here are a few facts about owls that you may not know.

They have a very unique neck structure which enables them to rotate their heads about 270 degrees.  Like having your head on a swivel.

They have exceptional night vision making them incredible hunters after dark.  Their vision in conjunction with the design of their wings and feathers making them almost silent provides them within a stealth mode exceeding that of most predators.

 

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Whooo Are You? https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/12/whooo-are-you Whooo Are You?Whooo Are You?

 

Central Florida is a haven for wildlife photographers like me.  Being able to find and photograph barred owls was a real treat in addition to the eagles. Thanks to my friend Dick Vautrinot (DVWildlife) who leads tours, we captured these majestic birds with the scenic backdrop of Lake Lochloosa. 

 

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The Streets Are Alive https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/the-streets-are-alive The Streets Are AliveThe Streets Are Alive

 

In addition to weather supporting plusher growth for the wildlife to feed upon, this is the year during the oak tree cycle where far more acorns drop to help regenerate the oak tree base forest.

The deer have been feasting upon the acorns in addition to all the bushes in the neighborhood.  With the growing herd, some mornings there are more deer than squirrels enjoying the feast.

 

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Ready to Fly https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/ready-to-fly Ready to FlyReady to Fly

 

Once the fall colors have peaked, my attention turns to what else nature has to offer while I am hiking the trails or meandering around the woods.  Oftentimes, what we would often  quickly pass by presents its own beauty when we take the time to see what nature has to offer.

It's a milkweed ready to propagate and hopefully provide new food sources for the monarch butterflies when they return next season.

 

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Past the Peak https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/past-the-peak Past the PeakPast the Peak

 

Just because peak color is over for the season and most leaves already have fallen doesn't mean the camera gear has to be set aside.  The photographic opportunities still surround us.  It just means taking a f=different perspective and taking time to find interesting subjects.

Purplish and reddish leaves often provided by dogwood trees always are a standout.

 

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At Peace https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/at-peace At PeaceAt Peace

 

The iconic Japanese Red Bridge with its vibrant crimson hue can be found within the scenic beauty of Cranbrook Gardens in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. 

 

 

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Almost Hidden https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/almost-hidden Almost HiddenAlmost Hidden

 

The temperatures have dropped 10-15 degrees below normal during the past couple of weeks.  Prior to that, we experienced  above average rainfall and temperatures that were with us for several months.

As a result, the wetlands behind our home have grown thicker and taller providing greater shelter and better food sources than normal.

 

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In Contrast https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/in-contrast In ContrastIn Contrast

 

Meandering around in the wooded area surrounding our home, I was able to enjoy the autumn transformation highlights offered by a variety of trees.

I also was aware of the deer standing nearby waiting for me to pass by so they could continue foraging.  Photographing them will be the focus of a later outing.  The deer will be around through the winter; the colors will fade and disappear within a week.

 

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Lonely Maple https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/lonely-maple Lonely MapleLonely Maple

 

Here we are at my special place where I go to reconnect with nature.  It is where I find peace and tranquility.  A touch of peak color here just to remind me that while the trees around us are ablaze in all their colors, there is beauty in nature here among the greens and still waters.

 

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Break in the Storm https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/break-in-the-storm Break in the StormBreak in the Storm

 

As you can see, the rain stopped, the clouds parted and the sun lit up some of the trees along the shoreline revealing nature's palette.  For me, it was a magic moment when the weather and lighting condition provided a distinct moment that needed to be captured before the clouds rolled back in.

Timing and conditions provided me with another magical moment.

 

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Before the Storm https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/before-the-storm Before the StormBefore the Storm

 

Fall's peak colors is a favorite time of year for photographers like me.  It truly is a magical time of year when the leaves burst into shades of red, orange and yellow.

Capturing the beauty of autumn foliage is a treat for my camera lens and for me.  I sure hope it is for you too.

 

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Lazy River https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/lazy-river Lazy RiverLazy River

 

The best part of the frequent rain is that the water levels were up from the norm and the flow of the river was steady.

As it already had stopped raining, I decided to use this spot to take a break, reconnect with nature and let the world pass me by.

It aways amazes me at how water in nature acts as a giant tranquilizer - - at least for me.

If you haven't done so, when you have an opportunity try and find a spot with water and take in the scene.

 

 

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Afternoon Delight https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/afternoon-delight Afternoon DelightAfternoon Delight

 

The crisp air, the earthy scent of fallen leaves and the way the sun filters through the foliage casts a warm golden glow all around us.  It really is magical!

 

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Peaking Colors https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/peaking-colors Peaking ColorsPeaking Colors

 

I am out with the camera exploring nature every chance I get. Where I think spring symbolizes new beginnings and always offers lots of opportunity it is the fall season that really brings out the magic.  To me, fall represents a mature and elegant finale before the curtain falls on the season.  

It is truly breathtaking!

 

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Colors Galore https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/colors-galore Colors GaloreColors Galore

 

Isn't it something when fall season comes around and the world seems to get painted in a brand new pallet.  Walking through a wooded area during peak fall colors is like strolling through an artist's living masterpiece and there is no greater artist than "Mother Nature".

 

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Ray of Light https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/ray-of-light Ray of LightRay of Light

 

While on an early morning hike in the woods the sudden break in the clouds casting down on this colorful tree a ways down the trail gave me high hopes for a great series of autumn photos on this excursion.

Unfortunately, rapidly changing conditions limited what i was able to capture albeit some very challenging light for this morning's outing.

 

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Into the Mix https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/into-the-mix Into the MixInto the Mix

 

We travel the backgrounds looking for the beauty that surrounds us in the landscape during the late fall season.  Each twist and turn in the road brings a whole new view of the glory created by nature as the trees begin to prepare for the winter season.

It is our good fortune that we have the time and the ability to see the world around us.

Hope you also have had time to see it and enjoy it.  

 

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All Ablaze https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/all-ablaze All AblazeAll Ablaze

 

The colors were peaking in Southeast Michigan this past week and the weather decided to cooperate.  This is one of the country roads I take within a few miles of home where I begin my excursions to photograph the beauty of this season's transformation.

 

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In the Distance https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/in-the-distance In the DistanceIn the Distance

 

Still looking around the area within 10 miles of home to keep my eyes on the status of the color change.  I missed a few days due to  quickly changing weather conditions.  It was changing so fast we went from perfectly calm partly sunny conditions, to overcast skies with intermittent rain showers to breaks in the clouds with wind gusts.  

You think this sounds like a normal day this time of year which it would often be.  Problem is all of this was happening during the course of an hour and I was into a 3 1/2 mile hike when it was happening.

 

 

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Home Sweet Home https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/11/home-sweet-home Home Sweet HomeHome Sweet Home

 

Returned to the dock later in the afternoon to enjoy the impact of nature just before sunset.  Once again the timing was just right. I was able to enjoy the tranquility provided by the scene. The colors provided by the changing trees with the hues accentuated by the nature's light made for the perfect ending to this day's outing.

 

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Docked https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/docked DockedDocked

 

Heading down the hill to the lake behind our home.  The floating dock looked inviting so I decided to follow it down and see if i could capture the fall color change around the lake.

It looks good from home, so I thought it would be even more interesting and colorful from this vantage point.  Nature's showstoppers, the maple trees, were displaying brilliant shades of red, orange and gold and I couldn't't wait to share the view.

 

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Gateway to ? https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/gateway-to Gateway to ?Gateway to ?

 

I always am surprised by what I encounter while hiking trails that I never have explored before.  I never did figure out while there was a gate at the crossing of these two pathways.  

The signage you can see off to the left provided no explanation of the paths, just notices to stay on the paths.

As you can see, the aspens, birch and oak were providing  a great canopy 

over and through the trail.

 

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Colorful and Barren https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/colorful-and-barren Colorful and BarrenColorful and Barren

 

In photography, timing is a key factor in almost every situation.  It certainly is key when photographing wildlife and people.

With the constantly, and rapidly, changing weather condition, the light and the cloud formations also were changing quickly.  Once again, timing became a key factor in capturing was I envisioned before taking the shot.

 

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Tricky Passage https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/tricky-passage-1 Tricky PassageTricky Passage

 

Got off the trail.  It was not by accident, I was following a hawk I'd seen fly across the trail.  As I did not have a big lens with me, I decided to try some stealth moves and see if i could get close enough to capture a shot.

You guessed it.  I was following it deeper and deeper into the woods and did not succeed in getting a shot of the hawk.  I did, however manage to come away with wet boots. As my balancing act  walking across logs was not 100% successful.

Just another memory to enjoy.

 

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Covered Bridge https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/covered-bridge Covered BridgeCovered Bridge

Once again out exploring while there was a break in the weather.  Conditions were changing fairly quickly, but I was fortunate to be near this covered bridge as it started to rain again.

The good news for me was that when the rain stopped and the clouds began to break up, the entire scene took on an usual glow making for more interesting lighting.

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Off to Explore https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/off-to-explore Off to ExploreOff to Explore

 

Following a new path into the wooded area behind the city offices near home.

After heading down the slope (sledding hill)  at the end of the walkway I had to make a "Yogi Berra" like decision.  

I came to a three way fork in the trails so I "took it".  By the end of the day, I had covered them all.  Each trail was different and each provided opportunities to capture and share nature's palette with you.

 

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Down the Road https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/down-the-road Down the RoadDown the Road

 

From day to day, the weather has been changing quickly for the past few weeks.  While I have been out attempting to capture the color change, the pattern has been changing even more rapidly.

On today's outing I have experienced everything from partly cloudy, to rain showers and wind all within an hour.  Not particularly comfortable, but the changing skies have provided a great backdrop and interesting lighting.

 

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In the Distance https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/in-the-distance-1 In the DistanceIn the Distance

 

A totally different view on the same outing by following a different fork in the road.  Here you can appreciate the wooded area being lit up with bright yellow primarily from aspen and birch trees.

 

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Late Light https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/late-light Late LightLate Light

 

Sometimes the rain stops, the clouds part and the light shines down upon a small area in perfect position to highlight the beauty of a tree mid way through its cycle of changing colors and preparing for winter.

I was fortunate to be there to capture its beauty so I could hare it with you.

 

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In the Spotlight https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/in-the-spotlight In the SpotlightIn the Spotlight

 

In addition to losing their chlorophyll, trees also produce other pigments in response to the changing season.  Anthocyanins give leaves their red and purple hues.  Carotenoids are responsible for the orange and yellow

 

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Leading the Way https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/leading-the-way Leading the WayLeading the Way

 

As we headed out on the first day, we decided to take a few of the back roads to get a feel for what stage of the color change we were in.  It's a bit later this year as a result of the constantly changing weather, but the color change has begun in all its glory.

Here is some background information as we begin our journey.  Color change:  As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler. the trees get the message that it is time to prepare for winter.  The color results from the chlorophyll, the green pigment in the leaves, breaking down and revealing all of the underlying colors.  

And now you know why the green leaves begin to transition to the reds, yellows oranges and purples that make autumn so colorful.

 

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Nature's Pallette https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/natures-pallette Nature's PalletteNature's Pallette

 

Here it is on display.  The magic of autumn!  This is the time when Mother Nature decided to put on a vibrant show.

Now is the time for some incredible landscape photography.

 

Stay with me over the next two weeks.  In case you haven't had enough time to see what is happening, I'm happy to share some of the highlights of what I have been able to capture recently.

 

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Up in a Flash https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/up-in-a-flash Up in a FlashUp in a Flash

 

Once again in the area west of the entrance to Glacier National Park, we encountered a mountain lion which quickly left its cover and leaped up a tree.  

Notice its long, cylindrical tail accounting for about 1/3 of its total overall length.  The tail assists greatly in maintaining balance.

These cats are stealth predators and prefer to ambush their prey.  They are carnivores and while they prefer deer, they will eat smaller animals.

They can jump more than 15 feet vertically, around 45-50 feet horizontally and can run at speeds of 50mph.  Let's be realistic, it's a good thing they prefer deer as we would neither outrun or out jump them.

Don't plan on being alerted by a roar like other big cats as mountain lions have a series of sounds they use to vocalize like purring, hissing and even chirping.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # #cougar #montana #mountain lion #nature photography #panther #puma" #sony cameras #Sony'a1 #whitefish Montana #wildlife photography sony https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/up-in-a-flash Fri, 20 Oct 2023 14:47:25 GMT
Posing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/posing PosingPosing

 

Mountain lions also are known as cougars, pumas and panthers.  They have established themselves in northern Montana in areas like Whitefish where I got lucky and was able to capture this majestic looking cat before it leaped away.

While I didn't;t get close enough to check, I believe this was a female.  Male typically weigh between 115-220 pounds while the females are smaller (65-140 pounds).  Either way, even though they typically avoid human interaction, as with any wildlife precaution is the key word!

 

 

 

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Young Buck https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/young-buck Young BuckYoung Buck

 

We are seeing more deer this year than any other time during our 8+ years here.  In addition to their proliferation, they are far less timid as they realize the only natural risk they have is from the coyotes, so they approach us within 20-30 feet.

Even Schatzi, our rescue dog has aged to the point where she enjoys them close up as opposed to chasing them as before.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography #young buck whitetail deer https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/young-buck Mon, 16 Oct 2023 12:28:58 GMT
Easy Pickin's https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/easy-pickins Easy Pickin'sEasy Pickin's

 

Another successful and easy catch from the bait thrown away by the fisherman at the nearby fishing dock.  While typical raptors, eagles tend to be lazy when it comes to fishing and enjoy scavenging or stealing food from the ospreys  inhabiting the same area.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #eagle #florida #hawthorne florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor" #sony cameras #wildlife photography sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/easy-pickins Fri, 13 Oct 2023 11:34:09 GMT
County Cook, Ireland https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/county-cook-ireland County Cook, IrelandCounty Cook, IrelandEn Route to Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland

 

En Route to Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland we passed this lighthouse in County Cook Ireland.

Looks like the fishing may have been good at the pier head.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #europe #ireland #lighthouses"#cruising #nature photography #scotland atlantic" nikon cameras the https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/county-cook-ireland Wed, 11 Oct 2023 10:59:29 GMT
Stalking https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/stalking StalkingStalking

 

I visited these flats on Huntington Beach on Pawleys Island several times a week to observe a great variety of waterfowl wading in the mud flats.  Incoming tides seemed to attract more birds, but there never was a lack of action.  

Sometimes there also was some interesting interaction and competition among the breeds.

 

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Moving On https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/moving-on Moving OnMoving On

 

After successfully fishing at low tide in the mud flats, this great blue heron decided it was getting crowded with other birds, and photographers, so it decided to move farther out.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) "#nature photography" "#sony cameras" "#south carolina" "#wildlife photography" "sony a1" "#huntington beach state park" #bird photography #great blue heron #heron" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/moving-on Fri, 06 Oct 2023 12:00:51 GMT
Wading Blue https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/wading-blue Wading BlueWading Blue

 

Arriving from the other side of the flats, this great blue heron started wading around the edge of the flats looking for its breakfast.  There were a lot of birds enjoying the shrimp and small fish that were easily accessible at low tide. It made for easy captures for the photographers fortunate enough to be there at the same time. 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #nature photography #pawelys island #sony cameras #south carolina #wildlife photography blue great heron" sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/wading-blue Thu, 05 Oct 2023 15:06:21 GMT
Territorial https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/territorial TerritorialTerritorial

 

Even though the flats here at Huntington Beach cover a large area, and even though many species fish in close proximity to one another, this pair of herons decided not to cooperate.

 

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Success https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/success SuccessSuccess

 

With the incoming tide, fishing the flats presented a bit more of a challenge today.  Nevertheless with more water depth, there were more small fish swimming around and this heron was very patient in awaiting one to swim within its shadow.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #heron #huntington beach state park #nature photography #pawelys island #sony cameras #south carolina #wildlife photography sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/10/success Mon, 02 Oct 2023 10:56:38 GMT
The Grab https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/the-grab The GrabThe Grab

 

Returning to the dock after successfully photographing eagles for a few hours, we encountered several juvenile eagles picking up pieces of fish and bait from the fisherman at the cleaning station.

It was a perfect day to end a great morning session out on Lake Lochloosa.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #eagle #florida #hawthorne florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor" #sony cameras #wildlife photography sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/the-grab Fri, 29 Sep 2023 12:28:21 GMT
On Time Arrival https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/on-time-arrival On Time ArrivalOn Time Arrival

 

It was near full moon and the tides were strong so at low tide this morning the conditions were right for great fishing for a variety of wading birds.  This egret was one of many coming in for breakfast.

 

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Submarining https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/submarining SubmariningSubmarining

 

I have seen many brown pelicans dive from various heights to scoop fish from the ocean.  This was the first time I watched one approach in shallow water on the flats during an incoming tide to catch its meal. 

Look closely and you can see its beak between the mud bottom and the top of the water.  Pretty amazing considering the size of its beak.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #brown pelican #huntington beach state park #nature photography #pawelys island #sony cameras #south carolina #wildlife photography sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/submarining Mon, 25 Sep 2023 11:52:49 GMT
Harmony https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/harmony HarmonyHarmony

 

What could be better.  A butterfly and a honey bee sharing the same blossom on our butterfly bush to feed and to pollinate.

Nature teaches us all.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #honey bee #insect photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography hairstreak butterfly https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/harmony Fri, 22 Sep 2023 11:30:39 GMT
Hard to Swallow https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/hard-to-swallow Hard to SwallowHard to Swallow

 

In between tides at the flats this morning made for deeper water.  Among the normal mix of herons and egrets, the pelicans arrived to fish for a meal.  This brown pelican was processing its latest catch.  You can see the outline of the fish in its pouch.  Just for information, the thick layer of skin in a pelican's mandible is officially known as the "gular pouch"

 

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Bee for Me https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/bee-for-me Bee for MeBee for Me

 

The feeding activity for the birds, especially the hummingbirds,  has increased significantly over the past couple of weeks.  During the same time, visits from the Baltimore orioles has dropped significantly.  

The grape jelly feeders usually dominated by the orioles have been taken over by yellow jackets which some birds, like hummingbirds, stay away from.

The exception appears to be the finches which hang around the grape jelly feeders and periodically pluck a yellow jacket from the frenzy which they appear to enjoy as part of there protein diet.

Of course, we welcome the activity personally and photographically.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #finch with yellow jacket #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/bee-for-me Mon, 18 Sep 2023 12:03:43 GMT
Fishing Partners https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/fishing-partners Fishing PartnersFishing Partners

 

Apparently this pair of snowy egrets decided to work together to cast a bigger shadow on the water in the hope of attracting unsuspecting fish to breakfast.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #huntington beach state park #nature photography #pawelys island #snowy egrets #sony cameras #south carolina #wildlife photography sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/fishing-partners Fri, 15 Sep 2023 11:55:27 GMT
Skimming Fisherman https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/skimming-fisherman Skimming FishermanSkimming Fisherman

 

This white heron came in quickly to join all the other wading birds enjoying breakfast in the flats.  The extremely low tide (full moon) made it easier than normal and the word must have gotten out as there was more activity than normal on this particular morning.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #huntington beach state park #nature photography #pawelys island #sony cameras #south carolina #white heron #wildlife photography sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/skimming-fisherman Wed, 13 Sep 2023 12:01:48 GMT
In the Mix https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/in-the-mix In the MixIn the Mix

 

Here's a familiar backyard bird that usually is attracted to see feeders.  In fact, it usually is the first bird to discover a new feeder.

This year, we did not put up our seed feeders but instead, we concentrated on orioles (grape jelly) and hummingbirds (sugar water).  

Well, this black capped Chickadee has adapted quickly and visits daily to feed on grape jelly along with several finches and the Baltimore orioles.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #black capped chickadee #chickadee #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/in-the-mix Tue, 12 Sep 2023 12:08:39 GMT
Ready to Fish https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/ready-to-fish Ready to FishReady to Fish

 

This osprey seemed to appear out of nowhere and alighted upon a branch at the end of the lake.  Given its exceptional eyesight, I'm sure it could detect any movement in the water down and across the lake which comprises about 22 acres.

While I didn't capture a clear shot of the action, my assumption proved correct and this osprey caught a fish about 100 years away about 15 minutes later.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #osprey #raptor #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/ready-to-fish Mon, 11 Sep 2023 11:37:53 GMT
New Nectar https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/new-nectar New NectarNew Nectar

 

Until this week the coleus has not blossomed, but as soon as it did, the bees and the hummingbirds were soon there extracting the pollen.

We have been fortunate this season, the bee balm, the butterfly bush and the coleus all have attracted beautiful birds, bees and butterflies.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #hovering hummingbird #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography coleus" hummingbird on ruby throated hummingbird https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/new-nectar Fri, 08 Sep 2023 11:04:01 GMT
Early Fall-1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/early-fall-1 Early Fall-1Early Fall-1

 

Here we are, Labor Day plus two days and the leaves already are changing colors.  While I look forward to photographing the fall season, I am not enthusiastic about what comes next.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) "#autumn leaves" "#fall colors" "#landscape photography" "#sony cameras" #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county sony a1" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/early-fall-1 Thu, 07 Sep 2023 15:26:40 GMT
Priming the Tongue https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/priming-the-tongue Priming the TonguePriming the Tongue

 

While hummingbirds have proportionately long beaks, it is their tongue that is used to extract nectar from the flowers or gain access to the sugar water in the feeder.

Took a bit of time to time this right, but certainly worth the wait to actually see its tongue extended.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #hummingbird with tongue extended #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography ruby throated hummingbird https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/priming-the-tongue Wed, 06 Sep 2023 11:41:05 GMT
Checking the Plant Selection https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/checking-the-plant-selection Checking the Plant SelectionChecking the Plant Selection

 

It has become apparent that colder weather will be arriving soon.  The hummingbird feeding activity has increased both in terms of how many visit the feeder each day and how many trips to the feeder they make each day.  

They will be departing soon for warmer weather and need to store fuel for the long journey which can entail up to 500 miles in one day.  

Fortunately, we have a variety of plants that supply them with fresh nectar as well as feeders with sugar water so they visit us daily.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #hummingbird in flight #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography ruby throated hummingbird https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/checking-the-plant-selection Tue, 05 Sep 2023 14:04:28 GMT
In Between Catches https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/in-between-catches In Between CatchesIn Between Catches

 

This cormorant had just landed on the lake and began swimming and circling in its search for a meal.  Within a few minutes, and after a couple of deep dives, it came up with its catch.  

Stay tuned; it's catch will be shown in the next post.

 

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Amazing Migration https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/amazing-migration Amazing MigrationAmazing Migration

 

Monarch butterflies are the only ones to complete a two way migration as do some birds.  While Monarchs normally fly at a speed of 5-6 miles an hour, when migrating their speeds can increase to 30 miles per hour.  That's like 3 times faster than we can run!!

Put into perspective, size wise butterflies are very small compared to humans.  That would make their migration of about 3000 miles like 275,000 for us.  

Pretty amazing accomplishment when you think about it like that.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #butterflies #insect photography #michigan #monarch butterfly #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #west bloomfield #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/9/amazing-migration Fri, 01 Sep 2023 13:05:28 GMT
Butterfly Bush https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/butterfly-bush Butterfly BushButterfly Bush

 

From this perspective you can get a sense of how large the wingspan of this male eastern tiger swallowtail is.  The female is even larger and also is more colorful than its male counterpart.  

The other major difference between the female and male is in the coloration on the wings.  The female will have a lot of blue on its wings. A male will only have a small amount of blue or none at all.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #butterflies #eastern tiger swallowtail #insect photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/butterfly-bush Wed, 30 Aug 2023 12:33:54 GMT
Profiled Swallowtail https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/profiled-swallowtail Profiled SwallowtailProfiled Swallowtail

 

The eastern tiger swallowtail is very common throughout the eastern US.  It is large with a wingspan of 3-6 inches and brilliantly colored. Unfortunately, the swallowtail's life is very short.  From th egg stage through adulthood their lives are only two months.  The good news is they are relatively easy to photograph. You can closely approach them as they seem to be less fearful than other butterfly species.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #butterflies #eastern tiger swallowtail #insect photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/profiled-swallowtail Mon, 28 Aug 2023 11:49:31 GMT
Papilio Glaucus https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/papilio-glaucus Papilio GlaucusPapilio Glaucus

 

The swallowtail butterfly are the second most easily recognized butterfly in the US.  It is only second to that regal monarch that we all are familiar with.

This one, a male eastern tiger swallowtail is feeding on one of its many favorite plants - a bull thistle.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #butterflies #eastern tiger swallowtail #insect photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/papilio-glaucus Fri, 25 Aug 2023 11:51:45 GMT
The Monarch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/the-monarch The MonarchThe Monarch

 

Several weeks ago the milkweed began to bloom in the wetland area behind our home.  Shortly afterwards, first one monarch butterfly showed up quickly checking out one bloom after another.

Within a few days several more appeared and so the annual visit of the  monarchs began soon to begin laying their eggs for the future.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #butterflies #insect photography #michigan #monarch butterfly #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #west bloomfield #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/the-monarch Wed, 23 Aug 2023 11:51:48 GMT
Deception https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/deception DeceptionDeception

 

I called this capture "deception"because at a distance you think you may be looking at a small hummingbird or a large bee.  

These hummingbird moths look like hummingbirds, can fly at speed are insects which can fly at speeds exceeding 25 mph and can hover like a hummingbird when pollinating.  

Like butterflies, hey use their long proboscis to sip nectar.  Their proboscis

often reaches a length double that of their body which is in the range of 1 to 2 inches long or about half that of a hummingbird.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #hummingbird moth #insect photography #michigan #morris lake #moth #nature photography #oakland county #sphinx moth #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/deception Mon, 21 Aug 2023 11:14:29 GMT
Hemaris Thysbe https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/hemaris-thysbe Hemaris ThysbeHemaris Thysbe

 

I was relaxing and watching the hummingbirds and the bees extract nectar from the bee balm and butterfly bush plants on our deck.  I was surprised when this unique newcomer showed up and began pollinating like the hummingbirds and the bees.

At first I thought I was seeing a miniature hummingbird.  Then I thought it was a rather large and plump bee.  I was wrong again and soon found out this is a hummingbird moth, also known as a sphinx moth.

These moths feed on flowers during the day and can hover just like hummingbirds, both species of which fan out their tails when doing so.

The main difference between them is that these are insects not birds.

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #hummingbird moth #insect photography #michigan #morris lake #moth #nature photography #oakland county #sphinx moth #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/hemaris-thysbe Sun, 20 Aug 2023 13:21:23 GMT
The Getaway https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/the-getaway The GetawayThe Getaway

 

For the second time this week, the doe and her two fawns showed up in the wetland behind our home.  This time as they approached a little close, I grabbed the camera and thought I was being stealthy as I approached a window to capture the three of them.

As you can see, I was detected very quickly and only managed to get the slower fawn as it leaped through the tall grass.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #fawn #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #whitetail deer #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/the-getaway Fri, 18 Aug 2023 13:51:17 GMT
The Great Pollinator https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/the-great-pollinator The Great PollinatorThe Great Pollinator

 

Honey bees are very important pollinators for flowers and fruit and vegetables making them "Super Pollinators". They transfer pollen from the male to the female parts of the plant helping the plants grow. 

The worker bee foragers are the ones that find the flowers and determine what value they have as a food source, go back home and share the information with other worker bee foragers through an intricate dance indicating the direction of the food source.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #honeybee #insect photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/the-great-pollinator Wed, 16 Aug 2023 10:58:13 GMT
Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus) https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/purple-finch-carpodacus-purpureus Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)

 

A year round Michigan resident.  Even though its name implies that it is purple in coloring actuality it is reddish.  The Latin species name "pupureus" actually means "crimson".

Another species normally feeding on seeds, that has adapted at our home to sharing grape jelly with the Baltimore Orioles.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #finch #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/purple-finch-carpodacus-purpureus Mon, 14 Aug 2023 10:12:41 GMT
Full View https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/full-view Full ViewFull View

 

Finally managed to capture a monarch butterfly coming directly toward me leaving the butterfly bush on our deck.  This was an opportunity to capture the full wingspread as well as the head of this beautiful female after she finished collecting nectar.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #butterfly #insect photography #michigan #monarch butterfly #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/full-view Fri, 11 Aug 2023 09:34:14 GMT
Newborn https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/newborn NewbornNewborn

 

For the second time since returning back here in mid-April, the deer herd has expanded.  Just within the past few days, a doe and her two fawns showed in the wetland searching for food sources.

They are being very cautious and  keeping close to  the edge of the taller growth and the woods in order to escape quickly when the need arises.  

 

 

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Catching the Light https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/catching-the-light Catching the LightCatching the Light

 

While I am not a big fan of photographing birds on feeders, I couldn't resist sharing this capture as the light was just right to highlight the iridescence of this male  Ruby throated Hummingbird.

Just for informational purposes, it is the smallest bird in Michigan.  It would take roughly 5 hummingbirds to equal the weight of 1 Chickadee.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #ruby throated hummingbird #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/catching-the-light Mon, 07 Aug 2023 12:14:18 GMT
Busy Bee https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/busy-bee Busy BeeBusy Bee

 

Worker bees cannot carry very much pollen from that many flowers at any one time.  As a result, a worker bee will visit between 50 to 100 flowers before heading back to its home.  OF course, it doesn't stop there.  A worker bee continues this round trip process throughout the day and throughout its short life.

 

To put it into perspective, a worker bee only lives about 3 weeks and will cover somewhere around 500 miles during that time.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #honeybee #insect photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/busy-bee Fri, 04 Aug 2023 11:41:29 GMT
All Natural https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/all-natural All NaturalAll Natural

 

I took a chance last winter and left a planter on the deck with the remnants of a bee balm plant hoping it would come back and attract the birds and the bees. 

It worked and we now are enjoying watching the humming birds and honey bees feed naturally and help pollinate.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #hummingbird #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #ruby throated hummingbird #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/8/all-natural Wed, 02 Aug 2023 11:23:48 GMT
The Host https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/the-host The HostThe Host

 

 

When we smell and taste we are actually sensing chemicals in our environment.  To accomplish this task, we have chemoreceptors on our tongue as tastebuds and in our nose.

Monarchs use their antennae and legs to smell and taste which are covered with chemoreceptors.

 Monarchs use sensing chemicals in order to find their host plant, milkweed, quickly and accurately.

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #nature photography #butterflies #insect photography #michigan #monarch butterfly #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #west bloomfield #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/the-host Mon, 31 Jul 2023 11:32:01 GMT
Monarch or Viceroy (?) https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/danaus-plexippus Monarch or Viceroy (?)Monarch or Viceroy (?)

 

A few facts about the monarch butterfly like the female shown in this photo.

The main difference between the female & male is the the male has 2 black spots on the inside of their hind wings.

The main visual difference between the monarch and the viceroy is that the viceroy has a black line across its hind wings.  Oh yes, if you have great eyesight, you also might see that the viceroy is a bit small than the monarch.

 

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Fishermans Delight https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/fishermans-delight Fishermans DelightFishermans Delight

 

The wind direction and the incoming tide made for great fishing action this morning as evidenced by the number of fishermen out along the pier head at Sebastian Inlet.

I would have been right in the middle of that 10-12 years ago, but now I find myself behind the lens with the fishing gear collecting dust.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #atlantic ocean #florida #indian river county #nature photography #sebastian #sebastian inlet #sony a1 #sony cameras https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/fishermans-delight Thu, 27 Jul 2023 11:55:49 GMT
Our Friend https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/our-friend Our FriendOur Friend

 

While many insects are bothersome, and some even disgust us because they bite us, the blue dasher dragonfly always is welcome around our home.

The blue dasher is an expert flier with speeds few other insects can match.  aIn addition, it has exceptional eyesight making it a deadly predator.  Reportedly their strike rate hovers around 95% making it deadly to other insects.

Now here is what really makes it our friend.  Not only do they reduce the number of bothersome insects in general, but their preference is mosquitoes.  But wait!  They can eat up to 100 mosquitoes a day.

How's that for our friend.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #blue dasher dragonfly #insects #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony cameras #west bloomfield #wildlife photography sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/our-friend Wed, 26 Jul 2023 15:53:37 GMT
The Great Debate https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/the-great-debate The Great DebateThe Great Debate

 

When the finch flock shows up to feed and there are 5 or 6 attempting to feed at the same time, the branches above the feeders get a bit crowded and the activity level among the birds increases.

While these three were debating about position and priorities, the Baltimore orioles kept returning to feed below.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #house finches #michigan #morris lake #nature #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/the-great-debate Mon, 24 Jul 2023 12:37:48 GMT
Refueling Stop https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/refueling-stop Refueling StopRefueling Stop

 

With it's back toward the finches and orioles debating over the grape jelly, this hummingbird kept coming and going undisturbed to feed by itself.

Every once in a while an unwary finch would perch above the hummingbird feeder only to be aggressively chased away by the hummingbird.  They are known to be very aggressive and protective of their food and territory.  "Size wise" they get the job done as the other birds depart quickly when chased by the little "hummer".

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature #oakland county #ruby throated hummingbird #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/refueling-stop Fri, 21 Jul 2023 11:42:43 GMT
Not Here https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/not-here Not HereNot Here

 

Recently, the finches have discovered the grape jelly enjoyed by the Baltimore orioles every day.  When it began, only 1 or 2 finches would show up from time to time.  Now it seems like the word has gotten out and there can be as many as 5 or 6 at the same time.

Of course, when there are more than 2 or 3, it gets a bit crowded and the aggression starts to show when trying to gain position.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography finches house photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/not-here Wed, 19 Jul 2023 11:48:30 GMT
On the Edge https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/on-the-edge On the EdgeOn the Edge

 

Standing above the rocks watching the ebb and flow of the tide while relaxing was a great way to start the day.  After a while it became almost hypnotic to the point where I felt like lying down and forgetting about photography for a while.

That never happened so I moved on to photograph some of the birds in flight.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #atlantic ocean #florida #indian river county #nature photography #sebastian #sebastian inlet #sony a1 #sony cameras https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/on-the-edge Mon, 17 Jul 2023 12:29:12 GMT
Dining Together. https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/dining-together Dining Together.Dining Together.

 

Just before the thunderstorms began, the orioles worked hard to empty the feeder of all the grape jelly that was put out earlier that day. 

This couple often visits the feeder taking turns at feeding.  This time they fed together and even shared a bit of jelly before departing.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #baltimore orioles #bird photography #male & female baltimore orioles #michigan #morris lake #nature #oakland county #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/dining-together Fri, 14 Jul 2023 10:54:56 GMT
Reaching Out https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/reaching-out Reaching OutReaching Out

 

As the sun moved across the pond, the waterlilies leaned word the warming rays and began to spread their petals as if to welcome the new day.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #Blooming waterlily #florida #landscape photography #lotus Blossom #McKee Botanical Garden #nature photography #Sony a1 #Vero beach #waterlily https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/reaching-out Wed, 12 Jul 2023 11:25:00 GMT
Bathing Beauty https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/bathing-beauty Bathing BeautyBathing Beauty

 

This female muted swan is about to begin her morning bathing ritual in earnest.  Always graceful.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bathing #bird photography #female muted swan (pen) #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #wildlife photography swan" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/bathing-beauty Mon, 10 Jul 2023 11:28:05 GMT
Looking for Lunch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/looking-for-lunch Looking for LunchLooking for Lunch

 

Recently, a pair of great blue herons have taken up residence nearby and visit the lake behind our home on a daily basis to fish.

They also may have been culpable in the recent disappearance of all of the newborn swans.  Yes, unfortunately all 6 cygnets did not survive again this year.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #great blue heron #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/looking-for-lunch Fri, 07 Jul 2023 12:00:15 GMT
Fast Approach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/fast-approach Fast ApproachFast Approach

 

This ruby throated hummingbird suddenly appeared as it came up from below the deck railing.  Without hesitation it proceeded right to the lowest hanging feeder where it repeatedly came and went feeding on the refreshed sugar water.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography ruby throated hummingbird https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/fast-approach Wed, 05 Jul 2023 11:27:36 GMT
Cautious Approach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/cautious-approach Cautious ApproachCautious Approach

 

Before heading down to feed, this ruby throated hummingbird took the cautious approach and surveyed the area around the feeders to avoid encountering other birds and/or predators.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography ruby throated hummingbird https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/7/cautious-approach Mon, 03 Jul 2023 11:37:57 GMT
Outward Bound https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/outward-bound Outward BoundOutward Bound

 

Taking advantage of a rare occasion - - free time == took off with a friend to head up the Indian River and explore the shoreline for a taste of old Florida.  While I also was hoping for some wildlife, primarily waterfowl, it was just great to be out on the water enjoying the fresh air with a good friend.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #boating on the river #florida #indian river #intercoastal waterway #nature photography #sony cameras sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/outward-bound Fri, 30 Jun 2023 12:04:54 GMT
Breakers https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/breakers BreakersBreakers

 

With gusting winds and a strong incoming tide, the air was full of ocean spray.  Another great way to wake up - - fresh salt air, spray in the face and the only sound is from the breaking waves.  Even the birds were either settled in or farther offshore, so it was unusually quiet in most regards.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #atlantic ocean #florida #indian river county #nature photography #sebastian #sebastian inlet #sony a1 #sony cameras https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/breakers Wed, 28 Jun 2023 11:36:43 GMT
Standing Out https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/standing-out Standing OutStanding Out

 

One of the most beautiful lakes in southeast Florida is Blue Cypress.  Not only is it calm, but you can peacefully drift/sowly motor around and view the many cypress trees lining the shores and standing offshore.  If you prefer the activity of wildlife, it abounds here.

The trees are home to ospreys who historically nests here.  If alligators are of interest, you won't wait long for a sighting.  It also is home to owls, other hawks as well as a variety of waterfowl.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #blue cypress lake #cypress tree #florida #nature photography #sony a1 ."#sony cameras" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/standing-out Tue, 27 Jun 2023 12:23:03 GMT
Staredown https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/staredown StaredownStaredown

 

Normally, swans mate early spring and only mate once per year.  This year, the muted swan couple (Pen and Cob) had lost all 6 cygnets.  Although I missed the actual second mating ritual, I did manage to capture them as they were about to begin the bathing ritual.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #female muted swan (pen) #male muted swan (cob) #michigan #morris lake #muted swans #nature photography #oakland county #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/staredown Fri, 23 Jun 2023 13:39:27 GMT
Tranquility https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/tranquility TranquilityTranquility

 

Sitting on the deck with my 2nd espresso watching the sun come up on a clear, cool morning. It is very quiet and peaceful as most people have not begun their day.  Perfect time to sit back and reflect on life.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #break of day #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #sony a1 #sony cameras #sunrise over the lake https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/tranquility Wed, 21 Jun 2023 11:13:21 GMT
True Color https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/true-color True ColorTrue Color

 

The male of this species has darker colors and deeper orange than its female counterpart making them easily distinguishable from one another.  One thing they have in common is a great appetite for grape jelly and will revisit the feeder frequently throughout the day and the evening.

They also know where to return each year to fulfill their need for this grape jelly energy booster.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #male baltimore oriole #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #wildlife photography morris lake https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/true-color Tue, 20 Jun 2023 11:39:27 GMT
Hot Foot https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/hot-foot Hot FootHot Foot

 

This finch had just finished feeding on grape jelly in the oriole feeder and had landed on the deck railing.  It almost immediately jumped straight up as if the surface was too hot for its feet.

Admittedly, it was bout 90 degrees and the railing had been in the sun for hours, but I never have seen a bird (other than a hummingbird) move straight up before flying away.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #finch lifting off #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/hot-foot Mon, 19 Jun 2023 12:09:11 GMT
Splashing Around https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/splashing-around Splashing AroundSplashing Around

 

After mating for the second time this season and separating, they bathing ritual began in earnest.  Here is the female muted swan, the pen, about to spread her wings and shake off the water.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #muted swan #nature photography #oakland county #wildlife photography female muted swan (pen https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/splashing-around Fri, 16 Jun 2023 12:42:04 GMT
Rest Stop https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/rest-stop Rest StopRest Stop

 

Once in a great while I am fortunate enough to be ready when one of the ruby throated hummingbirds takes a very brief rest before retuning to the feeder to refuel for its before its next flight.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #hummingbird on branch #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #oakland county #ruby throated hummingbird #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/rest-stop Wed, 14 Jun 2023 11:30:00 GMT
Patriotic Perch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/patriotic-perch Patriotic PerchPatriotic Perch

 

This osprey found the ideal perch, where the inlet broadened into a small harbor, to search for its next meal.  I was fortunate enough to have time to grab the camera from inside and capture a series of this raptor departing for the strike.

 

Given the patriotic setting, I named this bird the "Patriot Missile"

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #sony a1 #sony cameras wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/patriotic-perch Mon, 12 Jun 2023 11:50:24 GMT
Pedicure Time? https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/pedicure-time Pedicure Time?Pedicure Time?

 

After having her fill of grape jelly and cleaning her beak on the branch, this female Baltimore oriole appeared to be checking her nails.  I didn't see any remnants of grape jelly, so I thought she might be getting preened before heading out to find a mate.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #wildlife photography ."#female baltimore morris lake oriole" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/pedicure-time Fri, 09 Jun 2023 13:45:36 GMT
Family Time https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/family-time Family TimeFamily Time Family TimeFamily Time

 

Last fall the resident female swan, the Pen, disappeared from view on our lake.  Shortly afterwards the male, the Cob, also left.  Eventually a new couple took up residence here and about a week ago, she gave birth to 5 cygnets.

 

Hopefully, we will have more survivors among this brood then we did last year when none survived.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #female muted swan #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #wildlife photography morris lake pen & cygnets https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/family-time Wed, 07 Jun 2023 13:38:18 GMT
White https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/white WhiteWhite

 

This white heron fun a spot in the sun between the shadows cast by the mangrove trees.  My best guess is that it knew the fish would be attracted by the sunlight too and soon would be feasting on those daring to swim nearby.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # silver springs state park #bird photography #florida #nature photography #silver springs river #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/white Mon, 05 Jun 2023 11:09:19 GMT
More Monkeys https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/more-monkeys More MonkeysMore Monkeys

 

There is no specific time of the year for the Rhesus Macaque monkeys to mate.As long as they have food and shelter adequate to supply their needs, mating will take place.

Females mature at about 3 years and the males typically take a year longer.

After mating, it takes 5-6 months for the infants to arrive.  The mothers take very good care of the young who are taught by them to become impotent members of the group which can be up to 200 members.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #macaca mulatta #ocala national forest #rhesus macaque monkey #silver springs state park #wildlife photography silver river https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/6/more-monkeys Fri, 02 Jun 2023 13:05:39 GMT
On the Hunt https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/on-the-hunt On the HuntOn the Hunt

 

While the cormorants were diving below the surface for their meal, this osprey was circling overhead looking for its prey and a meal.  May have been a rodent, could have been a fish, but in either case, I did not get to see the catch this time.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #osprey #raptor #wildlife photography morris lake https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/on-the-hunt Wed, 31 May 2023 09:53:06 GMT
The Chase https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/the-chase The ChaseThe Chase

 

This male muted swan (the Cob) was angrily chasing the Canadian Goose from its mate and the 5 cygnets swimming with "Mom".

The geese always seem to enjoy antagonizing the mother and cygnets by approaching from a distance.  Of course, the male always is on the lookout and appears quickly to chase off the geese.  It doesn't matter how many geese are intruding, the male swan always appears to herd them off and single one out for punishment.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #canadian goose #michigan #muted swan male #nature photography #oakland county #wildlife photography morris lake https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/the-chase Mon, 29 May 2023 11:41:18 GMT
The Prize https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/the-prize The PrizeThe Prize

 

Cormorants are expert divers. They can dive as deep as 150 feet. They speed along underwater via their webbed feet, using their wings as rudders which enables them to swiftly catch fish.
 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #cormorant #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #wildlife photography morris lake https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/the-prize Fri, 26 May 2023 11:04:30 GMT
Safety First https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/safety-first Safety FirstSafety First

 

Sitting high above the feeder holding the grape jelly, this young female Baltimore oriole was checking out the area to ensure it was safe before landing below to get an energy infusion from the grape jelly.

Great judgement and natural instinct as there are haws in the area.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #baltimore oriole #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #wildlife photography morris lake https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/safety-first Wed, 24 May 2023 11:44:03 GMT
Happy Face https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/happy-face Happy FaceHappy Face

 

Although rhesus macaque monkeys reportedly are not territorial, the look on this one's face led me to believe otherwise.

Then I found out that a few days earlier, there are two "gangs" of these monkeys living on opposite sides of the river that have been warring with one another.  Apparently they have been jumping into the river and going after one another.

Fortunately, none jumped into our boat as we were drifting the river.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #macaca mulatta #ocala national forest #rhesus macaque monkey #silver springs state park #wildlife photography silver river https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/happy-face Mon, 22 May 2023 12:28:24 GMT
Deadliest Catch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/deadliest-catch Deadliest CatchDeadliest Catch

 

Great eyesight, phenomenal speed and sharp talons with an opposable one like our thumb, make for a very high catch rate.  These ospreys are almost as big as an eagle and are far superior fishermen.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #sony a1 #sony cameras wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/deadliest-catch Fri, 19 May 2023 11:45:54 GMT
Breakfast Awaits https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/breakfast-awaits Breakfast AwaitsBreakfast Awaits

 

Out on Silver Springs River in Florida on a trip successfully photographing Macaque Monkeys.  Eventually we drifted around a bend in the river and encountered several species of waterfowl including this black-capped night heron who came out from the cypress trees to fish.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #black capped night heron #florida #heron #nature #silver springs #sony a1 #sony cameras photography" wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/breakfast-awaits Wed, 17 May 2023 11:14:51 GMT
Up, Up and Away https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/up-up-and-away Up, Up and AwayUp, Up and Away

 

Always exciting to watch an osprey focus on a target (who knows how far away) with their laser-like vision and take off to capture its prey.

With their keen eyesight and effective talon structure, the prey almost always turns into a catch and a meal.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #sony a1 #sony cameras wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/up-up-and-away Mon, 15 May 2023 12:21:00 GMT
Hawkeye https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/hawkeye HawkeyeHawkeye

 

Slowly drifting down the Silver River when we had a chance encounter with a red-shouldered hawk.  Surprisingly it perched long enough to capture the moment while it searched for its prey.  Great timing.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # silver springs state park #bird photography #florida #nature photography #silver springs river #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/hawkeye Fri, 12 May 2023 12:14:40 GMT
Woody https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/woody WoodyWoody

 

I only have since a pileated woodpecker near my home in MI one fall season.  Today I saw 5 within a 1/4 mile along the Silver Springs River in Florida.

Not complaining as the one that visited me in MI did some serious drilling on my home before departing.  Really "bugged" me.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # silver springs state park #bird photography #florida #nature photography #pileated woodpecker #silver springs river #sony a1 #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/woody Wed, 10 May 2023 09:08:25 GMT
True Blue https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/true-blue True BlueTrue Blue

 

After the sun came up, the wading birds, including this blue heron, came out to begin the day.  This heron was out looking for unsuspecting prey under the shadows of the cypress trees.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # Silver Springs State Park #Bird Photography #Blue Heron #Florida #Nature Photography #Silver Springs River #Sony A1 #Sony Cameras #Wildlife Photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/true-blue Mon, 08 May 2023 13:34:00 GMT
Going for A Boat Ride https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/going-for-a-boat-ride Going for A Boat RideGoing for A Boat Ride

 

Latin name is Minus polyglots which actually translates to "many tongued mimic".

These birds reportedly are known to sing several hundred different songs. While I haven't counted that many, it is a real treat to sit back, relax and enjoy the variety of songs these birds sing in the quiet hours of early morning.

They also have been known to imitate sounds of frogs and toads.

Some study published in late 2019 concluded that they also mimic noises like machinery and music.  That would be an awesome experience for me.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #indian river county #nature photography #northern mockingbird #sony a1 #sony mirrorless camera #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/going-for-a-boat-ride Fri, 05 May 2023 12:46:13 GMT
Which Way https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/which-way Which WayWhich Way

 

I don't know if this monkey was taking a break after swinging through the trees to get here, but to me it seemed as though it was trying to decide in which direction to go next.

All I know is that these rhesus monkeys are extremely fast and very agile.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #macaca mulatta #ocala national forest #rhesus macaque monkey #silver springs state park #wildlife photography silver river https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/which-way Thu, 04 May 2023 11:16:34 GMT
Warming Up https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/warming-up Warming UpWarming Up

 

Now you can get a good look at one of the bigger 'gators we saw as the morning warmed out and they came out to catch the warmth. 

Someone told me that if you measured the distance between the eyes and the snout in inches and converted that measurement to feet, you would know the length of the alligator.  

I was real sorry I forgot my tape measure or I could have given you a more definite length, but this one was 10-12 feet long as a best guess.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #fellsmere reservoir #florida #headwaters lake #nature photography #sony a1 #sony mirrorless cameras #wildlife photography alligators https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/warming-up Wed, 03 May 2023 12:16:29 GMT
Young & Old https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/young-old Young & OldYoung & Old

 

Once again while drifting along the banks of the Silver Springs River, I encountered a juvenile ibis alongside an adult.  I presumed it was staying close to its Mom.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # Silver Springs State Park #Bird Photography #Florida #Ibis #Nature Photography #Silver Springs River #Sony A1 #Sony Cameras #Wildlife Photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/5/young-old Mon, 01 May 2023 12:21:43 GMT
Possible Target https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/possible-target Possible TargetPossible Target

 

Ospreys are seen fairly often circling the beaches, especially near the inlets here in southeast Florida.  They are excellent fishermen with amazing eyesight and speed which enables them to seek prey over long distances.

They also have a reversible talon much like our thumb which gives them the ability to hang onto a fish when caught.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #osprey #osprey in flight #raptor #sony a1 camera #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/possible-target Sun, 30 Apr 2023 13:09:17 GMT
Challenging https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/challenging ChallengingChallenging

 

Here we go again.  Took a couple of hours t explore some water out west of Vero Beach hoping to capture a few alligators - - with the camera of course.

Needless to say by the look on this gator's face, as it swam toward the boat, we found them and they found us.

 

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Alongside https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/alongside AlongsideAlongside

 

As we spent a few hours out on Headwaters Lake west of Vero Beach Florida, we encountered a lot of alligators, some really big ones included.  What made it even more exhilarating was the fact that we could get fairly close in the boat while silently drifting between the outcroppings and the trees,

 

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Breezy https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/breezy BreezyBreezy

 

I sat for almost 15 minutes watching this osprey stay perched above the inlet in Sebastian while the wind picked up.  I was hoping to catch it in flight and maybe even catching its next meal, but its patience outlasted mine.

As it turned out the wind direction was 180 degrees off from the direction that would have provided more ospreys and more action.

There's always tomorrow.

 

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Observation Tower https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/observation-tower Observation TowerObservation Tower

 

Pole sitting on top of the bridge high above the inlet in Sebastian patiently searching for its next meal.  With it's keen eyesight and rapid speed, this spry rarely misses its target.

 

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Broadside https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/broadside BroadsideBroadside

 

As the morning progressed on our search for alligators, we not only found more, but they seemed to grow larger as time progressed.  Not only that instead of heading down into deeper water they seemed to come closer to the boat.

Exciting to be able to photograph them up close - - within 50 feet.  

 

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Watchful https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/watchful WatchfulWatchful

 

The mockingbird shown here is a great mimic.  They memorize sounds from their surroundings from other birds to animals like frogs.  They also can mimic foreign sounds from things like machinery.

They are aggressive and territorial and can and will attack anyone approaching.  They are known to attach instantly without thinking about their own safety.

They are omnivorous.  While they love berries and seeds, they also eat flies, bees ants, etc.

 

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Gotcha https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/gotcha GotchaGotcha

 

To catch their prey, the wood stork submerge their beaks into the water effectively setting up a trap. While their beak is open and submerged, they will try and startle unsuspecting prey by moving their feet or their beaks.

When prey is detected, the wood stork snaps it beak shut and traps the prey. Their reflex action is supposed to be the fastest known in the animal world.  It has been studied and concluded that their snap-shut speed is double that of the escape reaction of its prey making it highly successful.

 

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Where Are They? https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/where-are-they Where Are They?Where Are They?

 

Wood storks are among the largest wading birds.  To put them into perspective, n North America, only the great blue heron is larger in almost every regard.  The roseate spoonbill, on the other hand, is smaller in almost every regard.

Interestingly, adult wood storks are effectively mute.  They only can make soft grunts during interactions with one another.  

 

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Hidden https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/hidden HiddenHidden

 

From a distance I thought this might provide a good opportunity to get some floral closeups, but the gator fairly well camouflaged and pretty well hidden helped me change my mind.  This was one of the bigger ones we had seen to that point in time.  It definitely was over 8 feet in length.

 

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Family Time https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/family-time Family TimeFamily Time

 

Both the male (left) and the female (right) anhinga were close to home guarding the nest while awaiting the hatch.

 

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Breeding Season https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/breeding-season Breeding SeasonBreeding Season

 

While out on Headwaters Lake, we found ourselves surrounded by nesting anhinga, aka Snakebirds, most of which were sitting on eggs.

I hope to return in time to capture the youngsters before they fly off.

 

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On the Nest https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/on-the-nest On the NestOn the Nest

 

While out searching for alligators to photograph, I found myself close to dozens of Anhinga sitting on the nest waiting for their eggs to hatch.  We approached by drifting slowly and I was pleasantly surprised at how close we could get to capture these birds.

 

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Portrait https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/portrait PortraitPortrait

 

  • Tricolored herons are one of most abundant  herons in the  South.
  • When stalking its prey, the Tricolored heron will go deeper into the water than any other heron. 
  • When it senses danger, a Tricolored heron will try and camouflage itself by standing straight with its bill pointed to the sky.
  • Some names for a flock of herons are: a “rookery”, “scattering”, “hedge”, “battery” or “pose”

 

 

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Approaching Front https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/4/approaching-front Approaching FrontApproaching Front

 

With a front approaching from the south and rain in the forecast, it was  hypnotic watching the waves build and crash against the rocks at the Fort pierce inlet.

 

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Go Away! https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/go-away Go Away!Go Away!

 

This mockingbird seemed to be looking at its reflection in the chrome steering knob of the steering wheel in the boat tower right off our dock.  

Mockingbirds are very territorial.  In typical mockingbird fashion it was advising its look alike that it was invading the bird's territory.  Mockingbirds are known to swoop in on and dive upon almost anything that get too close to their nests.  As their behavior includes people, you need to be aware.

 

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Fun Time https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/fun-time Fun TimeFun Time

 

The Rhesus monkeys are small.  They have pink faces that have no fur on them.  They could be either brown or grey in color. 

Their tails are long which help them keep their balance and also help them climb.

 

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Slow Drift https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/slow-drift Slow DriftSlow Drift

 

While slowing wandering around and exploring the many ponds at Osprey Acres, I happened upon this mottled duck drifting around.  It seems as though we both were just taking our time "reflecting" on nature.

 

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End of Day https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/end-of-day End of DayEnd of Day

 

Quiet time at the end of the day at the Fort Pierce inlet where the only sounds are the crashing waves and a few birds off in the distance.  

No better way for me to relax and reconnect with nature.

 

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In Flight Profile https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/in-flight-profile In Flight ProfileIn Flight Profile

 

This great blue heron posed for a bit before taking flight.  In both cases, stationary or in flight, it is a very stately heron and appears majestic when in flight.

It has subtle blue-gray plumage.  It often will stand absolutely motionless while scanning for its prey.  Sometimes it wades very slowly, taking long and what appear to be deliberate steps before striking lightening fast.

These birds will eat almost anything within striking distance and while the majority of their diet is comprised of fish, they will stalk insects and also will stalk small mammals.

 

 

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On the Wing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/on-the-wing On the WingOn the Wing

 

This roseate spoonbill just left the rookery and was in clear view as I stood on the shore some 3-400 feet away admiring the beauty and serenity of the scene.

It is moments like this that make the photo outings worthwhile.

 

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Searching https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/searching SearchingSearching

 

Cormorants are a group of aquatic birds containing about 40 different species.

Like many other aquatic species, these birds have long, curved necks that they use to reach below the surface to snag fish.

To further aid in capturing slippery fish, cormorants have long beaks that have a sharp hook at the end.

To enable them to better move through the water, they have webbed feet which are shown clearly here.

 

 

 

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Waning Moon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/waning-moon Waning MoonWaning Moon

 

Just 3 days before the next full moon appears over the Indian River in Florida. This waning, or decrescent moon was visible in the clear night sky, showing roughly 13% of the moon's surface.

The moon is reflected light from the sun so as it orbits the earth we get to enjoy its various phases.  The waxing phase, from the crescent to the half moon, is when we see the right hand side of the moon.  From the 1/2 moon to when it becomes full it is the "gibbous" phase.

Then it reverses with the right side darkening and the left side remaining lit and eventually becomes a waning crescent moon. 

 

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Still Life https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/still-life Still LifeStill Life

 

Great blue herons are large birds standing between approximately 3 feet and 5 feet tall.  Surprisingly they  typically weigh in at only 5 or 6 pounds mostly because of their hollow bones.

During breeding season, which started here several weeks ago, the iris in its eye will turn reddish and its yellow bill will take on an orange hue like the one in this photo.

 

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What's the Message? https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/whats-the-message What's the Message?What's the Message?

 

Size wise the length of a rhesus monkey ranges from 18-21 inches.  Males are bit larger than the females.

They communicate in a vast majority of ways including variety of vocalizations, facial expressions, and visual signs like body stances.  Rhesus monkeys also use grooming, playing and fighting as other means of communication.

 

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Turning the Catch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/turning-the-catch Turning the CatchTurning the Catch

 

Once the prey has been caught and the osprey is off to ha higher perch to eat its meal, it will gradually turn the fish so that the head is facing backward. 

Ever wonder why?  It is purely aerodynamics.  An open mouth fish will catch air and slow down the osprey's forward speed.

 

 

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Perched & Alert https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/perched-alert Perched & AlertPerched & Alert

 

A few seconds before capturing this osprey locking on to its prey, this osprey

was lower on the tree top and appeared to be somewhat more relaxed.  I felt the tension rise as it raised a bit higher.  I though I would be able to capture it taking off, but it did not happen until later.

Must have decided to save its energy for something else this time as it gradually lowered back down a bit and patiently awaited its next target.

 

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Almost Hidden https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/almost-hidden Almost HiddenAlmost Hidden

 

Great horned owls have the largest and widest distribution range of any American owl.  They tend not to migrate, but remain as year round residents of their location.

They do not build nest, but take over nests like those of squirrels.  Their feathering is such that they tend to blend in with their surrounding like the one in this photo.

While they are called Great Horned Owls, they do not have horns, but the feathers covering their ears stand up like horns.

Adults have little to fear from predators as they are very fierce.  They have the ability to prey on other large predator birds which amazingly enough includes ospreys and peregrine falcons.

They have very strong talons and their grip does not let any prey to escape.  In fact they often use their grip to crush the spine of their prey.

 

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Breeding Season https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/breeding-season Breeding SeasonBreeding Season

 

Once again out at Stick Marsh photographing the birds from the shoreline.  The rookery is very active primarily with spoonbills, egrets and anhinga during breeding season.

Even though these egrets were hunkered in out of the wind, you still can get a sense by their plumage that it is breeding season.

 

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Diving Ducks https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/diving-ducks Diving DucksDiving Ducks

 

The lesser scaup is a small North American diving duck also known as the little broadbill or bluebill.

These are small ducks approximately 16" in length.  The males weigh about 1.8 lbs on average with the females a couple of ounces lighter.

They normally forage by sifting for mollusks and clams on the bottom mud.  They also will dabble for seeds and other parts of aquatic plants.

 

 

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Coming Home https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/coming-home Coming HomeComing Home

 

This anhinga was returning to the rookery at Stick Marsh to seek refuge in the mangroves where all the birds are nesting during the February breeding season.

 

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Another View https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/3/another-view Another ViewAnother View

 

Normally I don't keep or share photos of birds flying away from where I stand to capture the photo.  I much prefer shots that show off the eyes and the plumage.

In this case, however, I thought the semi-sideview was interesting as it displayed all the variations of color in this roseate spoonbill.

 

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Great Catch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/great-catch Great CatchGreat Catch

 

I have watched this osprey come and go for several weeks now, always circling the small harbor off the Indian River. Most recently in the late afternoon it has begun to perch in a tall tree across the water from our dock to fish for it's next meal.

While I haven't been successful in capturing the moment to leaves the tree or when it captures its prey, I have been fortunate enough to record its success on a couple of afternoons.

If you look closely at its talons, you'll quickly see why the osprey is such a successful fisherman.  Remember the foremost talon is like our thumb and can be rotated to ensure a better grip.

 

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Windblown https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/windblown WindblownWindblown

 

This great white egret had just landed in this tree high above the area to preen itself early in the morning at osprey acres in Vero Beach.

 

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Profiled https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/profiled ProfiledProfiled

 

Fortunate timing.  I happened to be ready when this roseate spoonbill stepped out from the mangroves into the sunlight.  This capture give a clear view of its unique bill which they use to dig in the mud primarily for shrimp and crustaceans.

 

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Returning to the Rookery https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/returning-to-the-rookery Returning to the RookeryReturning to the Rookery

 

This great white egret was flying low to the water on its way back to the rookery.  I could not tell if it had been out searching for food or nesting material, but it was a few hundred feet from where I was on shore and presented a pretty sight on its way back home.

 

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Nesting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/nesting NestingNesting

 

Out at Stick Marsh photographing all the birds busily building and sitting on nests during the breeding season.  At this moment, I was able to capture the male great white egret passing along a piece of nesting material to its mate.

I was fortunate that this couple was not as deeply hidden iamong the mangroves.  You can see glimpses of the others in the background.

 

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Quizzical https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/quizzical QuizzicalQuizzical

 

While photographing egrets and spoonbills at Stick Marsh, I noticed an anhinga studying a roseate spoonbill one branch away.  It seemed to me the anhinga was studying the spoonbill and asking, "What kind of bird are you with that funny looking bill?"

 

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Blending In https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/blending-in Blending InBlending In

 

When in the shade of the trees these monkeys were sometimes difficult to see.  Fortunately the day was partly cloudy and the sunlight helped break through their camouflage.

 

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Oh What A Web https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/oh-what-a-web Oh What A WebOh What A Web

 

  • This large spider has three different names, the golden orb spider, the giant wood spider, and the banana spider.
  • The golden orb spider does not look like or smell like a banana, nor are they always found on bananas.
  • They got the nickname "banana spider" from the fat that their web are yellow (gold) like a banana.
  • It is the oldest surviving spider known on earth.
  • The biggest one reportedly was in Australia and measured 2.7" in length.
  • The female is larger than the male, and like the preying mantis, feeds on the male after mating.

 

 

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Tension https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/tension TensionTension

 

The Amur Leopard also is known as the Russian Leopard, the Far East Leopard and the Manchurian Leopard.  It is the rarest cat in the world with reportedly less than 100 left in the wild and only about 200 in captivity around the world.

Several years ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to join a group of photographers and capture this beautiful big cat,  

Because of my excitement, I became separated a short distance from the group and found myself being targeted as possible prey.

Needless to say, I've paid a lot more attention to my surroundings since then.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #amur leopard #big cats #carnivores #endangered species #leopard #nature photography #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/tension Mon, 13 Feb 2023 12:09:30 GMT
Getting Down https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/getting-down Getting DownGetting Down

 

All leopards are strong and nimble footed as you can see here.  The Amur Leopard seen here can run at speeds approaching 40 miles and hour.

Reportedly it also can leap almost 20 feet horizontally and up to 10 feet vertically.

Of all the big cats they are supposed to be the most accomplished climbers too.

While only 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 feet long (plus about 2 1/2 feet more of tail length) they have been known to tackle prey 10 times their size and weight.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #amur leopard #big cats #carnivores #endangered species #leopard #nature photography #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/getting-down Fri, 10 Feb 2023 12:37:25 GMT
Going Fishing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/going-fishing Going FishingGoing Fishing

 

Raptors of many kinds abound in Florida near inland lakes and waterways as well as along the coastal areas.  Ospreys are among the most abundant and can be found circling over the ocean as well as perched on trees and poles along the roadways.

Wherever they are found, with their keen eyesight and rapid flight speeds, they are known as being great fishermen.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #osprey #osprey in flight #raptor #sony a1 camera #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/going-fishing Wed, 08 Feb 2023 13:31:40 GMT
"Woody" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/woody "Woody""Woody"

 

Pileated woodpeckers can be found throughout mainland Florida,  Anyone who has seen a "Woody Woodpecker" cartoon will recognize this bird right away.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #michigan #nature photography #pileated woodpecker #sony a1 camera #sony cameras #wildlife photography #woody woodpecker https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/woody Mon, 06 Feb 2023 11:30:49 GMT
Circling Offshore https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/circling-offshore Circling OffshoreCircling Offshore

 

This "great fisherman", the osprey was circling just offshore looking for its next meal.  I watched it fly in ever widening circles until it spotted movement between the braking waves.

While it periodically swooped down for a closer look, it did not strike while I watched.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #osprey #osprey in flight #raptor #sony a1 camera #sony cameras #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/circling-offshore Fri, 03 Feb 2023 12:26:29 GMT
Peaking Out https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/peaking-out Peaking OutPeaking Out

 

On one trip to Montana I was told by an older Native American that my spirit animal was "the wolf".  Since my childhood, I always have felt a special connection with and understanding of dogs, so his words struck a chord with me.

I have been fortunate and have been able to photograph wolves in several locations.  Even when coming face to face with them, I have felt a connection rather than fear.  Better yet, I have sensed calmness and a connection in the wolves too.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #big dogs #carnivores #nature photography #wildlife photography #wolves https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/2/peaking-out Wed, 01 Feb 2023 12:25:13 GMT
Dabbler https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/dabbler DabblerDabbler

 

While the female makes a familiar "quacking sound" this male mallard mostly is quiet except when fighting.

The male is easily distinguished by its green head and neck.

Can be found throughout Florida during the period from November through March.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #male mallard #nature photography #sony a1 camera #sony cameras #waterfowl #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/dabbler Mon, 30 Jan 2023 10:47:40 GMT
Colorful https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/colorful ColorfulColorful

 

The wood duck is Florida's most colorful duck.  It migrates down from the northern US and Canada.

It is a "dabbling duck that measures approximately 1 1/2 feet in length.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 camera #sony cameras #waterfowl #wildlife photography #wood duck https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/colorful Fri, 27 Jan 2023 12:58:33 GMT
8 Pointer https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/8-pointer 8 Pointer8 Pointer

 

Fortunate enough to live in southeast Michigan where the deer and other wildlife come to roam and play.  This buck is the largest of all the whitetail deer that come to visit on a regular basis.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) mi #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #west bloomfield #whitetail buck #whitetail deer #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/8-pointer Wed, 25 Jan 2023 13:05:35 GMT
A Standout https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/a-standout A StandoutA Standout

 

This is just the beginning of this year's color show put on by "Mother Nature". You really need to take time to enjoy this time of year if you have the opportunity.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #cranbrook gardens #fall colors #japanese garden #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 camera #sony mirrorless camera https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/a-standout Wed, 25 Jan 2023 12:11:15 GMT
About to Pounce https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/about-to-pounce About to PounceAbout to Pounce

 

While watching these two youngsters, it seemed to me that playing or fighting was imminent.  As it turned out they leaped off in opposite directions and I missed capturing the moment.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #macaca mulatta #ocala national forest #rhesus macaque monkey #silver springs state park #wildlife photography silver river https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/about-to-pounce Mon, 23 Jan 2023 13:46:04 GMT
Natural Setting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/natural-setting Natural SettingNatural Setting

 

Early Morning drifting along the edge of Lake Lochloosa waiting for the sun to burn off the fog so the eagles would become more active.  While waiting it provided the opportunity to look for other wildlife and activity among the cypress trees.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #great blue heron #hawthorne fl #lake lochloosa #nature photography #sony a1 #sony camera #wildlife photography great blue among cypress trees https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/natural-setting Fri, 20 Jan 2023 13:24:27 GMT
Up and Away https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/up-and-away Up and AwayUp and Away

 

After almost 10 minutes perched on top of the flagpole, it was time to find another perch and search for prey.

Although it's not an eagle, the osprey still presents a majestic look and a patriotic image.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #indian river #indian river county #nature photography #osprey #raptor #wildlife photography osprey and us flag https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/up-and-away Wed, 18 Jan 2023 13:26:24 GMT
Space X Launch -3 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/space-x-launch--3 Space X Launch -3Space X Launch -3

 

After the two booster rockets separated and headed back to the launch site, the rocket gathered speed and soon was out of sight.

The Falcon Heavy rocket is approximately 230 feet long and has a diameter of roughly 40 feet. The total launch mass was about 1400 tons.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #falcon heavy rocket #florida #kennedy space center #night photography #rocket launch #spacex #united states space force https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/space-x-launch--3 Wed, 18 Jan 2023 13:17:58 GMT
Space X Launch -2 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/space-x-launch--2 Space X Launch -2Space X Launch -2

 

After launching the Falcon Heavy rocket (which is a variant of the Falcon 9 full thrust launch vehicle) you can see the two additional boosters separating for their return to the launch site. 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #falcon heavy rocket #florida #kennedy space center #night photography #rocket launch #spacex #united states space force https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/space-x-launch--2 Tue, 17 Jan 2023 13:32:41 GMT
Space X Launch -1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/space-x-launch--1 Space X Launch -1Space X Launch -1

 

Prior to this launch 213 rockets have launched from the kennedy Space Center in Florida.

This mission was for the United States Space Force and carried two satellites.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #falcon heavy rocket #florida #kennedy space center #night photography #rocket launch #spacex #united states space force https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/space-x-launch--1 Mon, 16 Jan 2023 15:24:13 GMT
Belted Kingfisher https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/belted-kingfisher Belted KingfisherBelted Kingfisher

 

The sun finally broke out after a couple of hours drifting around in the fog.  While waiting we were fortunate enough to photograph a variety of herons among the cypress trees.  This was our bonus for the morning - - a not often seen belted kingfisher.  Especially one seemingly posing for us to capture it.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #hawthorne fl #lake lochloosa #nature photography #sony a1 #sony camera #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/belted-kingfisher Mon, 16 Jan 2023 14:37:43 GMT
The Munchies https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/the-munchies The MunchiesThe Munchies

 

The environment along the Silver River in Ocala State Forest provides these monkeys with a great supply of food.  They feed on pine needles, a variety of roots, leaves and small insects.

Interestingly, like squirrels, they are able to store food in the pouches of their cheeks.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #macaca mulatta #ocala national forest #rhesus macaque monkey #silver springs state park #wildlife photography silver river https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/the-munchies Fri, 13 Jan 2023 12:37:48 GMT
Family Affair https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/family-affair Family AffairFamily Affair

 

The Rhesus monkeys typically like open areas that are arid, but can survive in  diverse habitats like the wooded areas along the Silver River in Ocala National Forest.

The original monkeys in this area were brought in by a tour boat operator in 1938.  Now there are reportedly about 400 in this area.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #macaca mulatta #ocala national forest #rhesus macaque monkey #silver springs state park #wildlife photography silver river https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/family-affair Wed, 11 Jan 2023 13:30:28 GMT
Flagpole Sitting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/flagpole-sitting Flagpole SittingFlagpole Sitting

 

I was very fortunate that this osprey landed atop the flagpole and rested there for almost 10 minutes before moving on.  I was relaxing with a friend on the dock enjoying an espresso when it suddenly flew in.

The osprey was kind enough to perch long enough for me to run inside and return with camera in hand so I could capture the moment.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #indian river #indian river county #nature photography #osprey #raptor #wildlife photography osprey and us flag https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/flagpole-sitting Mon, 09 Jan 2023 12:48:27 GMT
Wolf Moon - 2 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/wolf-moon---2 Wolf Moon - 2Wolf Moon - 2

 

While more commonly known as the Wolf Moon, this month's moon also is known as a micromoon as it is at its farthest point from the earth.  That puts it somewhat over 26,000 further away than when it is at its closest point.

To put that into perspective, it is about 10% farther away.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #astrophotography #florida #full moon at sundown #indian river county #nature photography #sony a1 #sony cameras https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/wolf-moon---2 Sun, 08 Jan 2023 12:30:52 GMT
Wolf Moon - 1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/wolf-moon---1 Wolf Moon - 1Wolf Moon - 1

 

The full moon on January 6th is thought of/named the Wolf Moon because are frequently heard howling at this time of year.  In reality. wolves don't howl at the moon, they raise their heads when they howl so the sound will travel farther.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #astrophotography #florida #full moon at sundown #indian river county #nature photography #sony a1 #sony cameras https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/wolf-moon---1 Sat, 07 Jan 2023 15:54:27 GMT
Talons Ready https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/talons-ready Talons ReadyTalons Ready

 

Almost immediately after leaving its perch, once its prey was in focus, the osprey got ready to dive on it and strike.

 

If you look closely at the talons, you can see why this raptor is considered the best fisherman in town.  The 4th talon is reversible like our thumb which helps keep up its catch rate.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #ocala national forest #osprey #osprey taking flight #raptors #silver river #silver springs state park #sony mirrorless cameras #wildlife photography ."#sony a1" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/talons-ready Fri, 06 Jan 2023 13:41:37 GMT
Quick Departure https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/quick-departure Quick DepartureQuick Departure

 

After sitting on the flagpole for almost 10 minutes, this osprey decided it was time to move on to another perch.  Apparently it did not see any prey from this perch, but it certainly presented a majestic image. Almost as good as if it had been an eagle.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #indian river #indian river county #nature photography #osprey #raptor #wildlife photography osprey and us flag https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/quick-departure Thu, 05 Jan 2023 15:34:32 GMT
Thinking https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/thinking ThinkingThinking

 

This younger monkey seemed to be contemplating its next move rather than running around, jumping and climbing at high speed like most of the others around and behind it in the trees.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #macaca mulatta #ocala national forest #rhesus macaque monkey #silver springs state park #wildlife photography silver river https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/thinking Wed, 04 Jan 2023 13:51:11 GMT
Make A Move https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/make-a-move Make A MoveMake A Move

 

Right after i captured this moment the monkey on the right jumped up on the tree just above the other monkey and the chase was on.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #macaca mulatta #ocala national forest #rhesus macaque monkey #silver springs state park #wildlife photography silver river https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2023/1/make-a-move Mon, 02 Jan 2023 13:15:23 GMT
Target Sighted https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/target-sighted Target SightedTarget Sighted

 

We were drifting along the Silver River in the Ocala National Forest when we spotted this osprey perched atop[ of a dead tree.  Knowing that eventually it would find some prey for a tasty meal, I locked on to it and waited for it to depart.

This time I was fortunate and had time to get ready before it took off.  Most of the time the raptor is faster than the human hand.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #ocala national forest #osprey #osprey taking flight #raptors #silver river #silver springs state park #sony mirrorless cameras #wildlife photography ."#sony a1" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/target-sighted Fri, 30 Dec 2022 13:41:13 GMT
Nodding Off https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/nodding-off Nodding OffNodding Off

 

These Rhesus monkeys are active throughout the day and night.  The adult must have been real active as it appeared to be dozing off while contemplating its next move.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #macaca mulatta #ocala national forest #rhesus macaque monkey #silver springs state park #wildlife photography silver river https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/nodding-off Wed, 28 Dec 2022 13:04:47 GMT
Wanna Play? https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/wanna-play Wanna Play?Wanna Play?

 

Rhesus Macaque monkeys also known as Rhesus monkeys, are active during both daytime and at night.  Right after I captured these two youngsters, they began to wrestle with one another.  The albino is a bit smaller and was the instigator, but not the winner of the wrestling match.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #macaca mulatta #ocala national forest #rhesus macaque monkey #silver springs state park #wildlife photography silver river https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/wanna-play Mon, 26 Dec 2022 14:44:15 GMT
Who is This https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/who-is-this Who is ThisWho is This

 

Once again, early morning in the fog drifting around the edge of Lake Lochloosa.  It was low light and a bit eerie given the dense fog, but we were able to catch a brief glimpse of this lone barred owl.

It looked at us as if to say we were disturbing it and quickly went back among the cypress trees.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #hawthorne fl #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor" #sony a1 #sony camera #wildlife photography barred owl among cypress trees https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/who-is-this Fri, 23 Dec 2022 12:56:02 GMT
Leaving Home https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/leaving-home Leaving HomeLeaving Home

 

Just as the fog started to lift this great blue heron decided it was time to leave its resting place among the cypress trees.  We were positioned in the right place just outside the trees providing a great perspective to catch its profile in flight.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #great blue heron #hawthorne fl #lake lochloosa #nature photography #sony a1 #sony camera #wildlife photography great blue among cypress trees https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/leaving-home Wed, 21 Dec 2022 12:53:01 GMT
Incoming https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/incoming IncomingIncoming

 

The great blue heron we had been photographing among the cypress trees had just taken flight.  Just as we were about to leave, the white heron came in to provide us with an another opportunity to add to our variety of birds for the morning.

Great timing and some good luck.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #hawthorne fl #lake lochloosa #nature photography #sony a1 #sony camera #white heron #wildlife photography white heron among cypress trees https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/incoming Mon, 19 Dec 2022 12:32:47 GMT
Posing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/posing PosingPosing

 

The fog lifted, the sun came out and this eagle struck a pose.  Could't ask for an easier shot.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # perched eagle #bald eagles #bird photography #florida #hawthorne florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #sony mirrorless #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/posing Fri, 16 Dec 2022 12:11:09 GMT
Returning Home https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/returning-home Returning HomeReturning Home

 

This image gave me the impression that the male eagle had been away for awhile and returned "empty handed" which appears like it did not go over well.

It's almost like a husband coming home early morning after a night of drinking.

Either way, it looked to me as though a "performance review" was about to take place.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # eagle in flight #bald eagles #bird photography #florida #hawthorne florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #sony mirrorless #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/returning-home Wed, 14 Dec 2022 12:04:24 GMT
Separation https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/separation Separation 2Separation 2 SeparationSeparation

 

SpaceX launched a big batch of OneWeb internet satellites into orbit Thursday evening (Dec. 8) on a mission that supports a megaconstellation competitor after OneWeb's own launch plans were derailed by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Falcon 9 rocket carrying 40 OneWeb satellites launhed from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida Thursday at 5:27 p.m. EST (2227 GMT), soaring into orbit in a dazzling sunset liftoff.  Cameras on the ground captured stunning views of the Falcon 9 as its first stage separated, then returned to Earth to make a pinpoint landing on a SpaceX pad at the nearby Cape Canaveral Space Force Station



 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cape canaveral #falcon 9 rocket #florida #kennedy space center #spacex rocket launch night sky https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/separation Mon, 12 Dec 2022 14:29:11 GMT
Up & Away https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/up-away Up & AwayUp & Away

 

SpaceX launched a big batch of OneWeb internet satellites into orbit Thursday evening (Dec. 8) on a mission that supports a megaconstellation competitor after OneWeb's own launch plans were derailed by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Falcon 9 rocket carrying 40 OneWeb satellites launhed from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida Thursday at 5:27 p.m. EST (2227 GMT), soaring into orbit in a dazzling sunset liftoff.  Cameras on the ground captured stunning views of the Falcon 9 as its first stage separated, then returned to Earth to make a pinpoint landing on a SpaceX pad at the nearby Cape Canaveral Space Force Station



 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # cape canaveral #falcon 9 rocket #florida #kennedy space center #night sky #rocket launch #spacex rocket launch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/up-away Sat, 10 Dec 2022 16:33:07 GMT
Gathering Speed https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/gathering-speed Gathering SpeedGathering Speed

 

Once the prey has been sighted (up to a mile away) the eagle picks up speed and goes after its meal. That is when you need to stay focused and follow the bird.  

Admittedly the new autofocus systems make us photographers look a lot better now.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # eagle in flight #bald eagles #bird photography #florida #hawthorne florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #sony mirrorless #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/gathering-speed Fri, 09 Dec 2022 15:55:23 GMT
Moving On the Target https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/moving-on-the-target Moving On the TargetMoving On the Target

 

Always exciting to be watching a perched bird and be able to catch it when it begins to fly off to capture some prey.  Proof that patience pays off.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # eagle in flight #bald eagles #bird photography #florida #hawthorne florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #sony mirrorless #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/moving-on-the-target Wed, 07 Dec 2022 15:24:07 GMT
Lifting Off https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/lifting-off Lifting OffLifting Off

 

This eagle was a long way off, but the background was clear that its movement showed up immediately.  Glad I had a big enough lens to capture the action.  This was shot at 840mm and I still had to crop about 75% of the photo out.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # eagle in flight #bald eagles #bird photography #florida #hawthorne florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #sony mirrorless #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/lifting-off Mon, 05 Dec 2022 13:28:44 GMT
Beauty in Motion https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/beauty-in-motion Beauty in MotionBeauty in Motion

 

When the eagles fly, my heart beats a little fatter and the shutter goes even faster.  This is what wildlife photography is all about.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # eagle in flight #bald eagles #bird photography #florida #hawthorne florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #sony mirrorless #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/12/beauty-in-motion Fri, 02 Dec 2022 11:47:26 GMT
On the Target https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/on-the-target On the TargetOn the Target

 

Now that the sun is out and has burned off the fog, the action has begun for the eagles and the photographers.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # eagle in flight #bald eagles #bird photography #florida #hawthorne florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #sony mirrorless #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/on-the-target Wed, 30 Nov 2022 12:58:26 GMT
Frustration https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/frustration FrustrationFrustration

 

It appears as though this eagle was as frustrated with the dense fog as I was.  We were in the "soup" for 3 hours. I think the eagle was frustrated because the fog was so dense, the fish couldn't be seen and it was beyond breakfast time.

I was getting frustrated as the birds weren't flying and I couldn't get any action shots.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bald eagles #bird photography #florida #hawthorne florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #perched eagles #sony mirrorless #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/frustration Mon, 28 Nov 2022 12:57:04 GMT
Our National Symbol https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/our-national-symbol Our National SymbolOur National Symbol

 

Once the sun came out and the fog lifted, things got back to normal.  The eagles went on alert and began searching for breakfast.

This is when the camera gets put to use and my hopes come true.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # eagle in flight #bald eagles #bird photography #florida #hawthorne florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #sony mirrorless #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/our-national-symbol Fri, 25 Nov 2022 12:56:47 GMT
Looking for Breakfast https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/looking-for-breakfast Looking for BreakfastLooking for Breakfast

 

After several hours of being fogged in, it began to clear up.  The eagles also perked up and I knew sooner or later they would begin to take off and search for prey.

Stay tuned and you'll see what happened over the next hour on this outing. Wishes sometimes come true. 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bald eagles #bird photography #florida #hawthorne florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #perched eagles #sony mirrorless #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/looking-for-breakfast Wed, 23 Nov 2022 12:54:15 GMT
I Can See Again https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/i-can-see-again I Can See AgainI Can See Again

 

After a long time in dense fog, the sun finally started to burn it off so the eagles, and we could see more clearly.

 

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In the Fog https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/in-the-fog In the FogIn the Fog

 

An interesting  morning on Lake Lochloosa in Florida where the fog was so dense even with their great eyesight, the eagles weren't fishing.  As for us looking to photograph them is was 3 hours of learning more about what our cameras could do in very difficult lighting.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bald eagles #bird photography #florida #hawthorne florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #perched eagles #sony mirrorless #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/in-the-fog Fri, 18 Nov 2022 18:24:32 GMT
Dreamy https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/dreamy DreamyDreamy

 

Out driving around the area looking for bursts of fall colors when I found this narrow stream of water cascading over some boulders.  It was narrow and the water was moving slowly so I decided to try and slow it down even more to soften the effect.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #robert h long nature park #sony a1 camera #sony mirrorless camera #waterfall https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/dreamy Thu, 17 Nov 2022 15:05:26 GMT
High Noon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/high-noon High NoonHigh Noon

 

The various stages of nature all in one capture - - from green growth to the end stage.  It's all here to see; you just need to take time.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #robert h long nature park #sony a1 camera #sony mirrorless camera https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/high-noon Wed, 16 Nov 2022 12:41:56 GMT
Home Security https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/home-security Home SecurityHome Security

 

With its large eyes enabling it to see a wide angle and long distances, the osprey likes to perch high above the water to search for its next meal.  

It also uses its vision to focus on possible intruders, like photographers, getting too close to its nesting area.  Its look can be very intimidating when you are the subject of its laser focus and watch its posture change to one of defending its nest.  Then, when it spreads its wings and before you hear the shriek of its cry, you know it is time to depart.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #indian river county #nature photography #osprey #raptors #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/home-security Mon, 14 Nov 2022 12:17:10 GMT
Setting Sun https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/setting-sun Setting SunSetting Sun

 

After exploring the local area for fall colors, I returned home to one of the best scenes of the day on the other side of the lake.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 camera #sony mirrorless camera https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/setting-sun Fri, 11 Nov 2022 12:36:36 GMT
Inner Peace https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/inner-peace Inner PeaceInner Peace

 

A closer look at my "go to" spot when I need to decompress and forget about everything going on around me.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #cranbrook gardens #fall colors #japanese garden #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 camera #sony mirrorless camera https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/inner-peace Wed, 09 Nov 2022 12:16:54 GMT
Serenity https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/serenity SerenitySerenity

 

My favorite place and my favorite time of year to reconnect with nature and let the world pass me by.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #cranbrook gardens #fall colors #japanese garden #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 camera #sony mirrorless camera https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/serenity Mon, 07 Nov 2022 11:44:57 GMT
Transformation https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/transformation TransformationTransformation

 

One of the key things this  Japanese Red Bridge, named "Guzei" represents is transformation.  Very appropriate in this case as the photo was taken in the early days of October, when the leaves are just beginning are just beginning to change color, or transform.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #cranbrook gardens #fall colors #guzei #japanese red bridge #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 camera #sony mirrorless camera https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/transformation Fri, 04 Nov 2022 12:20:36 GMT
Touch of Color https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/touch-of-color Touch of ColorTouch of Color

 

Another one of the many small lakes in our neighborhood showing a touch of color in early autumn.  Definitely will return here arms the season progresses to see how the transformation is progressing.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bloomfield hills #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #naure photography #oakland county #sony a1 camera #sony mirrorless camera <"#autumn cranbrook gardens" leaves" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/11/touch-of-color Tue, 01 Nov 2022 15:21:17 GMT
Early Color https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/early-color Early ColorEarly Color

 

A pretty sight from across the lake.  It may be beautiful to look at, but it is not something you want to touch or bring home.  The vines are beautiful, but certainly will cause you to itch -- trees wrapped in poison oak.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #naure photography #oakland county #sony a1 camera #sony mirrorless camera <"#autumn leaves" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/early-color Fri, 28 Oct 2022 11:16:49 GMT
Frosty Morn https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/frosty-morn Frosty MornFrosty Morn

 

Late morning with the sun up, the air still is chilly and the mist rises off the lake.  It's early fall, the leaves are beginning to change and the air is getting cooler.

Great time of year in the northern parts, but have to admit I am definitely not looking forward to what's coming next.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #naure photography #oakland county #sony a1 camera #sony mirrorless camera <"#autumn leaves" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/frosty-morn Wed, 26 Oct 2022 12:02:16 GMT
Breaking Light https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/breaking-light Breaking LightBreaking Light

 

Shortly after sunrise with frost on the rooftops signals the real start of fall, color change and windy days.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #naure photography #oakland county #sony a1 camera #sony mirrorless camera <"#autumn leaves" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/breaking-light Mon, 24 Oct 2022 14:11:17 GMT
Mid-day Reflections https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/mid-day-reflections Mid-day ReflectionsMid-day Reflections

 

When the sun shines, the air is crisp but not cold, the leaves are rapidly showing off their colors before the trees take a rest, it's time to explore with the camera and take in the beauty of the surroundings.

now is the time to see what nature has to offer.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #naure photography #oakland county #sony a1 camera #sony mirrorless camera <"#autumn leaves" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/mid-day-reflections Fri, 21 Oct 2022 16:20:12 GMT
Returning Home https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/returning-home Returning HomeReturning Home

 

Ospreys, also know as fish hawks, will nest in any location where there is water which provides it with an adequate supply of food.

Their nests are made of sticks and lined with bark as well as sod, grasses vines, etc. The nest starts out being bowl shaped to corral the youngsters, but as they grow, the nest flattens out.

The nests can reach diameter of about 5 feet and can be anywhere from 2-6 feet deep.  Overall, the nests weigh over several hundred pounds.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #indian river county #nature photography #osprey #raptors #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/returning-home Wed, 19 Oct 2022 20:21:32 GMT
Returning from the Hunt https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/returning-from-the-hunt Returning from the HuntReturning from the Hunt

 

While the osprey is a very effective fisherman, sometimes referred to as the "perfect" fishing machine, there are occasions when it returns to its perch without a catch.  

As a former avid fisherman, I know the feeling only too well.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #indian river county #nature photography #osprey #raptors #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/returning-from-the-hunt Mon, 17 Oct 2022 11:56:36 GMT
The Greatest Fisherman https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/the-greatest-fisherman The Greatest FishermanThe Greatest Fisherman

 

The osprey has a lot of genetic adaptations which make it what could be referred to as the "perfect fishing machine".

They have large eyes and a wide field of focus which enable them to spot fish 100 feet above the water.

They can dive at 50 mph.

They have closable nostrils which enable them to dive under water.

They have an extra transparent eyelid which enables them to see under water.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #indian river county #nature photography #osprey #raptors #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/the-greatest-fisherman Fri, 14 Oct 2022 12:33:53 GMT
Circling the Lake https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/circling-the-lake Circling the LakeCircling the Lake

 

With a wingspread of about 6 feet, high flight speeds especially when diving and  keen eyesight, ospreys are very effective fishermen.  Their long talons combined with reversible outer toes that act like our thumbs give them tan advantage when hanging on to their catch.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #indian river county #nature photography #osprey #raptors #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/circling-the-lake Wed, 12 Oct 2022 12:57:33 GMT
Anastasia Formation https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/anastasia-formation Anastasia FormationAnastasia Formation

 

Standing close to the edge - - maybe 10-15 feet back - - when an incoming wave hit a limestone outcropping just to the right gave me a real sense of the power of the ocean.

 

The Anastasia Formation is special.  It is comprised of quartz sand and limestone that was formed sea shells that have been broken down and mashed together.

Here's a fair unknown fact.  When standing on the sand at Blowing Rocks, you are standing on part of the Appalachian Mountains which came down from Georgia over millions of years ago.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #atlantic ocean #crashing waves #florida #florida's east coast #hobe sound #jupiter island florida #landscape photography #nature photography #waterscape photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/anastasia-formation Mon, 10 Oct 2022 11:43:04 GMT
Blowing Rocks https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/blowing-rocks-1 Blowing RocksBlowing Rocks

 

This preserve gets its name from what the waves do when then encounter the rocks especially at high tide during rough seas.

The formations are comprised of craggy limestone with holes in it.  During rough seas, waves can spurt in the air upwards of 50 feet.

Look closely at the right and you can see the relative size of the wave compared to the man at the top of the cliff.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #atlantic ocean #crashing waves #florida #florida's east coast #hobe sound #jupiter island florida #landscape photography #nature photography #waterscape photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/blowing-rocks-1 Mon, 10 Oct 2022 11:34:15 GMT
Wave Worn https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/wave-worn Wave WornWave Worn

 

Blowing rocks overall is a one mile stretch of beach on Jupiter Island Florida that is about as natural a place as you can find.  As such it is a protected area that is owned and operated by the Nature Conservancy.

Some of the rock formations are very sharp while others are very well worn and smooth from the action of the waves.  Some are even worn down to be almost level with the sand.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #atlantic ocean #crashing waves #florida #florida's east coast #hobe sound #jupiter island florida #landscape photography #nature photography #waterscape photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/wave-worn Fri, 07 Oct 2022 09:57:15 GMT
Blowing Rocks https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/blowing-rocks Blowing RocksBlowing Rocks

 

Blowing Rocks Preserve really is unique.  Whereas almost all Florida east coast beaches are miles of sandy beaches, Blowing Rocks is a mile of craggy limestone shoreline.  It doesn't appear to fit, but rather looks like it belongs in Maine or elsewhere on the east coast.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #atlantic ocean #crashing waves #florida #florida's east coast #hobe sound #jupiter island florida #landscape photography #nature photography #waterscape photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/blowing-rocks Wed, 05 Oct 2022 12:25:40 GMT
From A Distance https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/from-a-distance From A DistanceFrom A Distance

 

Late afternoon while sitting on the deck photographing hummingbirds, I saw a small, almost speck, high in the sky beyond the other side of the lake.  As I did not have my longest lens available I did not have any expectations about getting a good shot.

My gear,  the Sony A1 locked on focus immediately which raised my hopes. After cropping almost 95%, taking out some noise and adding on of my own sets of clouds, this is what I came up with.

Certainly not my best raptor shot, but I was pleased with the overall result.

How about you?

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #hawk #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #raptor #sony mirrorless #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/10/from-a-distance Mon, 03 Oct 2022 11:42:16 GMT
Who's Watching https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/whos-watching Who's WatchingWho's Watching

 

In the kitchen one afternoon when this red tailed hawk landed on the neighbors tree.  I'm guessing it was a scouting perch while looking over the activity around the bird feeders the wetland behind our home.

I was fortunate as it perched there long enough for me to run downstairs,  grab my camera and get a shot before it quickly departed.  This pose is when I returned and thought I was being stealthy near the window.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #hawk #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #raptor #sony a1 #sony mirrorless #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/whos-watching Fri, 30 Sep 2022 11:40:06 GMT
Awaiting Its Mate https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/awaiting-its-mate Awaiting Its MateAwaiting Its Mate

 

This female red-bellied woodpecker stayed in place waiting for its mate to return with more sunflower seeds from the feeder.  This is their favorite food at the feeders.

This year has brought a greater variety of woodpeckers than usual.  In addition there seem to be greater numbers in the area. The proof can be seen in all the wood trim that needs replacement in my neighbors chimney and my deck.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #female red-bellied woodpecker #michigan #nature photography #sony mirrorless camera #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/awaiting-its-mate Wed, 28 Sep 2022 10:40:17 GMT
Up Close https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/up-close Up CloseUp Close

 

The sunflower symbolizes positivity.  Although I only have seen yellow sunflowers, they come in a wide array of colors.  Red sunflowers exist and reportedly are easy to grow.

If you never have taken the time to study the center of a sunflower, you probably did not know that the disk is comprised of tiny flowers.

When you have the opportunity go to a field on a cloudy day and you will discover that the sunflowers do not face each other when it's cloudy.

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #macro photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony cameras #sunflower flower photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/up-close Mon, 26 Sep 2022 14:13:31 GMT
Fueling https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/fueling FuelingFueling

 

Another sip of the bee balm nectar which has been the apparent favorite for multiple hummingbirds during the past week.

This particular plant is located within 10 feet of an oriole feeder which also has become more active during the same week.

This hummingbird is the dominant one and will chase away any suspected intruders irrespective of size.  We have watched this one chase finches, orioles and unbelievably even blue jays to protect its food sources.

Its aggressive nature has become even more apparent now that it is preparing to migrate south.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # oakland county #bird photography #hummingbird #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony mirrorless #west bloomfield #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/fueling Fri, 23 Sep 2022 12:01:20 GMT
Migration Preparation https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/migration-preparation Migration PreparationMigration Preparation

 

This past week we saw 2 ruby throated hummingbirds zipping back and forth among the feeders, the fuchsia plants and the feeder.  They passed each other quickly, and when they happened to approach the same area at the same time, their aggressive nature became ver apparent.

Even though they are small, they are very aggressive.  We have have had a dominant hummingbird here all summer that guards all the food sources and chases away any and all intruders.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # oakland county #bird photography #hummingbird #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony mirrorless #west bloomfield #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/migration-preparation Wed, 21 Sep 2022 13:17:20 GMT
Going Fishing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/going-fishing Going FishingGoing Fishing

 

This male Belted Kingfisher has taken to perching in a dead tree outside my office window late afternoon while looking for its dinner.  I have yet to see it catch a fish from that perch, but some day hope it all comes together.

As you can see Belted Kingfishers have a comparatively larger head than other birds - - about 1 foot overall length and weight at about 6 ounces.

Unlike most bird species the female of the species is more colorful than the male.

The male is called a cock the female a hen and the babies are known as chicks.  Hmmm.  Makes you wonder if there is any relationship to chickens.

They can fly at a speed of about 35mph.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #male belted kingfisher #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #perchng birds #sony cameras #wildlife wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/going-fishing Mon, 19 Sep 2022 12:02:44 GMT
PeWee https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/pee-wee PeweePewee

 

This Eastern woo-pewee Flycatcher is a newcomer to our yard.  During the autumn they migrate to Central and South America to avoid the cold weather.  My best guess is that it stopped here on its way south which tells me I should follow suit in the near future.

They produce a whistling sound like pee-a-wee which I suppose it how it got its name. 

 

It is an omnivore as it likes plants as well as flies, butterflies, bees, wasps, grasshoppers and crickets.  They catch their prey in the air.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #eastern wood-pewee flycatcher #flycatcher #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #perching birds #sony cameras #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/pee-wee Fri, 16 Sep 2022 10:05:56 GMT
Itching https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/itching ItchingItching

 

This hummingbird stopped to perch on a branch to take time to scratch an itch.

I had seen tiny bug nearby that must have caused the itch.  If you look closely you will see the details of the tiny foot and also the closed eyelid to protect the eye from what appears to be a very sharp toe nail.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # oakland county #bird photography #hummingbird #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony mirrorless #west bloomfield #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/itching Wed, 14 Sep 2022 11:43:12 GMT
Refreshed https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/refreshed RefreshedRefreshed

 

Hummingbirds are not very social.  Like most other birds in migration, hummingbirds do not fly in flocks.  They fly individually.  

They also compete aggressively for food sources.  They are very territorial and get extremely feisty during mating season.  Not only do they remember their migration routes, but reportedly remember the yard and flowers they have visited in previous years.

I actually have seen the "resident hummingbird" attack other birds to protect "its feeder". 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #Hummingbird in Flight #michigan #nature photography #Ruby throated Hummingbird #Sony a1 #Sony photo gear #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/refreshed Mon, 12 Sep 2022 11:50:29 GMT
Speed & Stamina https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/speed-stamina Speed & StaminaSpeed & Stamina

 

Even though they are small, the hummingbird migration is long distance, spanning hundreds and even thousands of miles.  The migration takes place during daylight hours when they stay low looking for feeding opportunities.

In preparation for their long journey to their wintering grounds, they try and refuel with the objective to add 40% to their body weight.

While I cannot attest to how much weight they have gained this week, they certainly are spending a lot more time at the feeder and at the flowers fueling up for their journey which will take them many hundreds or even thousands of mile from here are a rate of up to about 25 miles a day.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # oakland county #bird photography #hummingbird #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony mirrorless #west bloomfield #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/speed-stamina Fri, 09 Sep 2022 11:33:54 GMT
Hokey Pokey https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/hokey-pokey Hokey PokeyHokey Pokey

 

Not really a hummingbird dance, but it was interesting to watch the preening process and be able to capture the finite details of this hummingbird's foot. Over time, their feet have evolved to be small so they are lighter weight - - more efficient for flying fast.

 

Even though they cannot walk or hop on their feet (for example like a robin), they will use their feet to preen or for itching.  They also are able to hop sideways when perched on a branch like this.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # oakland county #bird photography #hummingbird #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony mirrorless #west bloomfield #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/hokey-pokey Tue, 06 Sep 2022 12:54:47 GMT
W Shape https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/w-shape W ShapeW Shape

 

The hummingbird's tongue is shaped like a "W".  It's flat , but splits at the very end. 

The hummingbird also has a long beak which enables them to get at the nectar at the very bottom of a flower.  It's their tongue, however, that enables them to pick up the nectar.  When eating, they extend their tongue, spread the tip, cover it with nectar and retract it into their mouth.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # oakland county #bird photography #hummingbird #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony mirrorless #west bloomfield #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/9/w-shape Fri, 02 Sep 2022 09:58:00 GMT
Preening https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/preening PreeningPreening

 

Hummingbirds are unique in many aspects.  They are the only birds that can fly in different directions as well as hover in mid-air.

If caught in the rain, they can shake their heads rapidly, over 100 times per second, to remove the droplets.  Oh by the way, they can do this while flying.

Unlike most birds, they do not migrate in flocks; they migrate individually.

They have huge appetites.

They fly at about 30mph.

All of these factors make photographing them a real challenge.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # oakland county #bird photography #hummingbird #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony mirrorless #west bloomfield #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/preening Mon, 29 Aug 2022 11:46:17 GMT
Collecting Nectar https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/collecting-nectar Collecting NectarCollecting Nectar

 

The hummingbird's metabolism is very fast.  Not that elephants can fly, but the hummingbird's metabolism is 100 times faster than the elephant.

Reportedly they will scout over 1000 flowers a day for food.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # oakland county #bird photography #hummingbird #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony mirrorless #west bloomfield #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/collecting-nectar Fri, 26 Aug 2022 14:49:50 GMT
Small & Speedy https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/small-speedy Small & SpeedySmall & Speedy

 

Hummingbirds were scarce for several weeks this summer, but during the past 2 weeks, they have appeared more frequently.  They also are collecting nectar and getting to the feeder more frequently.

My best guess is that they are fueling up for their journey to warmer climates.  I got the message and will do likewise someday.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # oakland county #bird photography #hummingbird #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony mirrorless #west bloomfield #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/small-speedy Wed, 24 Aug 2022 15:17:57 GMT
Quick Landing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/quick-landing Quick LandingQuick Landing

 

As these dragonflies are fast and agile fliers, it is challenging to capture them.

Once again, studying their habits and being patient has its rewards.  

They always are welcome to visit us for the potential photo opportunity, but also because they are deadly predators with a high strike rate.  Better yet, their favorite food is the mosquito.

 

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Papilio Glaucus https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/papilio-glaucus Papilio GlaucusPapilio Glaucus

 

Swallowtail butterflies can be found on every continent in the world.  They are unique in that their lower wings are forked; hence the name swallowtail.

This eastern tiger swallowtail is one of the most common and therefore well known butterflies in the U.S.  It actually has been on 2 postage stamps in the U.S.

 

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Where's Noah https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/wheres-noah Where's Noah

 

Yesterday mid-afternoon the clouds rolled in, the thunder gave a quick warning and the storm was quickly upon us with all the force nature has.  First it almost appeared as if the sun went down.  That quickly passed and then the hail, the rain and just about everything else came down from above.

Reminded me of the day I took my final exam live in the control tower at Chanute AFB in Rantoul IL.  Got through it, even with the storms and a tornado, and moved on to try my new skills in various parts of the world.

It was as exciting yesterday as it was back then.

 

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Wind Beneath My Wings https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/wind-beneath-my-wings Wind Beneath My WingsWind Beneath My Wings

 

Soaring over the lake, this young eagle fully spread its wings to take advantage of the air currents and conserve energy while searching for food.

 

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Mosquito Hunter https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/mosquito-hunter Mosquito HunterMosquito Hunter

 

In the blue dasher dragonfly, the dorsal part of the abdomen is a bluish color with a yellow-striped thorax.  The head of the blue dasher is made up of eyes which gives them the ability to have a 360 degree view and detect motion everywhere except directly behind them.

So, inanition to their speed and flying ability, this is another feature making them deadly predators. 

 

 

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Halloween https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/halloween HalloweenHalloween

 

This Halloween Pennant Dragonfly is one of the most commonly seen dragonflies. 

They are very skilled fliers with amazing speed that few other insects can achieve.  With their two sets of wings that can work independently of one another, they can change direction quickly and fly in any direction.  They flying abilities combined with their speed make them deadly predators.

 

 

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On the Bee Balm https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/on-the-bee-balm On the Bee BalmOn the Bee Balm

 

While butterflies drink nectar from many species of wildflowers and shrubs, here they prefer the bee balm and the milkweed plants.  Fortunately we have been able to cultivate both as well as some butterfly bushes, all of which keep them coming back.

 

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On the Butterfly Bush https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/on-the-butterfly-bush On the Butterfly BushOn the Butterfly Bush

 

It's the nectar that keeps them coming back.  It's nature at its best and a pleasure to be able to have the opportunity to photograph them in different light.

 

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Papilio Polyxenes https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/papilio-polyxenes Papilio PolyxenesPapilio Polyxenes

 

While we have not been seeing the monarch butterflies hovering around the milkweed as in past years, the swallowtails have been stopping by to help pollinate the bee balm plants.

Luck was on my side this particular day as this black swallowtail only has been sighted once so far.

 

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Blue Pirate https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/blue-pirate Blue PirateBlue Pirate

 

The Blue Dasher has a distinctive coloring that sets it apart from other dragonflies.   The eyes clearly distinguish the male and female of the species.

The eyes are jade green on the male like this one, whereas they are reddish brown on the female.

 

 

 

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Sharing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/8/sharing SharingSharing

 

I watched this male red-bellied woodpecker execute many round trips o the bird feeder to gather sunflower seeds so it could feed its mate.

Like most woodpeckers, they eat a lot of insects as well as plant material during some seasons.  Access to the sunflower seeds always brings them here.

This breed resides in eastern part of the US and Canada.  They are 100% native in N America.

 

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Male & Female https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/male-female Male & FemaleMale & Female

 

At first glance, the male red-bellied woodpecker is often mistaken to be a red headed woodpecker because of its red crown.  The male red-bellied woodpecker displays red on both its nape and crown.  In comparison, the female red-bellied woodpecker has red on its nape but not its crown.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # male red-bellied woodpecker #bird photography #female red-bellied woodpecker #michigan #nature photography #sony mirrorless camera #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/male-female Fri, 29 Jul 2022 11:47:32 GMT
Flight Formation https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/flight-formation Flight FormationFlight Formation

 

Heading north after a day of fishing the inlets, the power plant and the fishing docks around the Ft Pierce area and Hutchinson Island.

It is a regular routine.  Head south down the coastline early morning and return late afternoon to their estuary.

 

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Lift Off https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/lift-off Lift OffLift Off

 

Don't let their size fool you.  Hummingbirds have stamina and fly very fast.  In fact, they have been clocked at 30mph when flying directly.

Their migration can span hundreds or even thousands of miles with their wings flapping a minimum of 70 times per second.  

 

Are you starting to get a feel for how difficult it may be to capture a shot that with clarity and detail?  Oh yes, in a dive that wing speed can almost triple.This also may help you understand why they have to feed so frequently and also why they look for sweet nectar and sugar water.

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #Hummingbird in Flight #michigan #nature photography #Ruby throated Hummingbird #Sony a1 #Sony photo gear #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/lift-off Mon, 25 Jul 2022 11:41:00 GMT
Reenergizing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/reenergizing ReenergizingReenergizing

 

For those who have fed hummingbirds over the years it becomes apparent pretty quickly that the hummingbirds are pretty predictable in their migration patterns. Specific birds migrate about the same time each year.  They often arrive and leave within a day or two of the same date each year.

 

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Soft Landing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/soft-landing Soft LandingSoft Landing

 

Hummingbirds have a very fast metabolism, far faster than yours and mine and about  100 times faster than that of an elephant.

They eat a variety of insects like ants, gnats, mosquitoes, and wasps throughout the day just to survive.

They can feed about every 15 minutes and scout between 1,000 and 2,000 flowers every day for food.  Of course, with the right formula (4:1) water to sugar, they will keep coming back to your feeder throughout the day and evening.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #Hummingbird in Flight #michigan #nature photography #Ruby throated Hummingbird #Sony a1 #Sony photo gear #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/soft-landing Wed, 20 Jul 2022 12:19:47 GMT
The Approach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/the-approach The ApproachThe Approach

 

 

How did it acquire its name? It's not from the call they make; it's from the sound their wings produce when in flight.

Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly in any direction. They can hover or fly forward, backward, sideways, in mid-air, and even upside-down!

 

 

 

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Gaping https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/gaping GapingGaping

 

Baltimore orioles will feast on fruit and berries like oranges, grapes, and raspberries, much to the chagrin of farmers. Sometimes they practice an unusual eating method called gaping: After they insert their beak into what they're eating, they  create a tunnel out of their beak and use their tongues to lap up the juice, or in this case a beak full of grape jelly. 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #baltimore oriole #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #perching birds #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/gaping Fri, 15 Jul 2022 14:24:52 GMT
Up, Up and Away https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/up-up-and-away Up, Up and AwayUp, Up and Away

 

When in adulthood Baltimore orioles on average achieve a length of about 8 inches - - smaller than a robin by about 2 inches.

Their wingspan achieves almost a foot in width.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #baltimore oriole #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #perching birds #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/up-up-and-away Wed, 13 Jul 2022 15:20:52 GMT
Sweet Tooth https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/sweet-tooth Sweet ToothSweet Tooth

 

The Baltimore oriole's favorite food is insects.  They also have a sweet tooth so if you want to attract them in your backyard, grape jelly is a surefire method.  

While they sometimes also will stop by for a taste of sugar water from the hummingbird feeder, they will not be attracted to bird seed.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #baltimore oriole #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #perching birds #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/sweet-tooth Tue, 12 Jul 2022 11:51:34 GMT
Leap of Faith https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/leap-of-faith Leap of FaithLeap of Faith

 

Adult male Baltimore orioles show brighter colors than their female counterparts.  The juvenile males grow their full plumage in their second fall season.

They typically live in the wild about 11 years.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #baltimore oriole #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #perching birds #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/leap-of-faith Mon, 11 Jul 2022 11:10:23 GMT
Look Out Below https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/look-out-below Look Out BelowLook Out Below

 

Surprisingly, Baltimore Orioles, like this female, really are not members of the oriole family.  They really are in the blackbird family.  In fact, they are essentially the dame size as a red-wing blackbird.

You can distinguish the difference between the male and female by their color.  The female tends to be more yellow whereas the male is a brighter orange.

 

 

 

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Prisoners' Art https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/prisoners-art Prisoners' ArtPrisoners' Art

 

Even with the horrendous conditions, rampant illness and lack of hope, some found a way to survive by expressing themselves through art.

One can only imagine how deep they had to reach in their souls. The artwork speaks for itself.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #devil's island #french guiana #french prison #papillon #penal colony #prison life #rough seas #stark reality #street photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/prisoners-art Wed, 06 Jul 2022 10:53:32 GMT
Hallway to Nowhere https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/hallway-to-nowhere Hallway to NowhereHallway to Nowhere

 

The colony was opened up by Emperor Napoleon III.  Originally is was intended for political prisoners.  At some point, it was extended to house murderers and the worst criminals in France.

In a word, the prison was horrific in and by itself.  It only could be reached by boat a distance of 8 miles from shore through rough seas and and hidden reefs making survival in the sea almost impossible.  Only one prisoner ever managed to escape and survive - -" Papillon".

Another nearby island , Ile Royale, housed this prisoners in solitary confinement for escape attempts.  They were kept in darkness and in silence, some for up to 5 years..

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #devil's island #french guiana #french prison #papillon #penal colony #prison life #rough seas #stark reality #street photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/7/hallway-to-nowhere Fri, 01 Jul 2022 11:42:36 GMT
Stark Reality https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/stark-reality Stark RealityStark Reality

 

The starkness of the cells, and the fact that prisoners always were chained, tells the story of how brutal life was in the Devil's Island Penal Colony.  Of roughly 80,000 prisoners housed here over the years only about 1/4 survived.

It was described as a "living death".

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #devil's island #french guiana #french prison #papillon #penal colony #prison life #rough seas #stark reality #street photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/stark-reality Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:31:57 GMT
Approaching the Colony https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/approaching-the-colony Approaching the ColonyApproaching the Colony

 

After a 15 day arduous, grueling, uncomfortable trip from Marseilles, the worst criminals from France.  These prisoners did not enjoy the comforts of those that visit the island today aboard cruise ships, but traveled below deck in chains and cages.

It only got worse once they arrived.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #french guina #french prison #papillon #penal colony #rough seas #street photography devil's island https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/approaching-the-colony Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:53:19 GMT
New Friend https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/new-friend New FriendNew FriendBlanche & Sherryl Our Neptune Lounge Concierge

 

Wandering around the city of Funchal trying to take in as many sights as we could in our one day stop here, we encountered several mimes.  This one, in particular, caught my attention and was very willing to pose for us.  Just added to the fond memories of our visit.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cruising transatlantic #funchal #landscape photography #madeira #ms nieuw amsterdam #nature #portugal photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/new-friend Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:48:09 GMT
Drying the Catch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/drying-the-catch Drying the CatchDrying the CatchBlanche & Sherryl Our Neptune Lounge Concierge

 

Obviously living on an island surrounded by the Atlantic makes fishing a major enterprise for the residents.  This was late in the day where the fish were being set out to dry in the sun.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cruising transatlantic #funchal #landscape photography #madeira #ms nieuw amsterdam #nature #portugal photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/drying-the-catch Fri, 24 Jun 2022 12:08:48 GMT
The Port of Funchal https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/the-port-of-funchal The Port of FunchalThe Port of Funchal

 

The island of Madeira had a population of slightly over 100, 000 at the time we were there some 20+ years ago.  When in the port, it seemed as though there were almost as many boats as there were people.

The city faces the Atlantic with a beautiful backdrop of mountains.  The climate is such that the flowers bloom year round only adding to the beauty of the island.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cruising transatlantic #funchal #landscape photography #madeira #ms nieuw amsterdam #nature #portugal photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/the-port-of-funchal Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:47:35 GMT
Welcome Ashore https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/welcome-ashore Welcome AshoreWelcome Ashore

 

A week of cruising aboard the  new, luxurious Nieuw Amsterdam, we were very excited to get our feet on terra firms again.  It appeared as though this statue in the port was greeting us as we stepped ashore.  It was a warm welcome and only got better as we encountered the people and the sights.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cruising transatlantic #funchal #landscape photography #madeira #ms nieuw amsterdam #nature #portugal photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/welcome-ashore Mon, 20 Jun 2022 11:15:57 GMT
Home way From Home https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/home-way-from-home Home way From HomeHome way From Home

 

After seven days at sea crossing the Atlantic aboard Holland America's  new Nieuw Amsterdam, we arrived at our first port Funchal on the island of Madeira Madeira, which is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, is the capital of Portugal's autonomous region of Madeira.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #cruising transatlantic #funchal #landscape photography #madeira #ms nieuw amsterdam #nature photography #portugal https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/home-way-from-home Fri, 17 Jun 2022 09:54:14 GMT
The Crane Family https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/the-crane-family The Crane FamilyThe Crane Family

 

These sandhill cranes can be found in freshwater marshes, pastures and open woods throughout Florida.  People who feed them find them returning to the point of pecking on their doors when they want to be fed.  The pecking actually can damage screens etc so it's best to leave nature alone.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #sandhill crane #sony a1 #vero beach #vero waste water treatment plant #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/the-crane-family Thu, 16 Jun 2022 12:19:12 GMT
Easy Meal https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/easy-meal Easy MealEasy Meal

 

This juvenile eagle decided picking up a floating shrimp was an easy meal - - maybe appetizer -- as it searched for food on Lake Lochloosa.

Several other juveniles showed up shortly after as there were lots of scraps floating on the water from fishermen cleaning fish at the stations on the edge of the lake.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #eagle #eagle fishing #eagle in flight #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/easy-meal Wed, 15 Jun 2022 11:30:22 GMT
Target in Reach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/target-in-reach Target in ReachTarget in Reach

 

Having just left its nest, this adult American Eagle headed straight for the lake in search of breakfast.  With its talons outstretched it was about to strike its unsuspecting prey.

In this case, it turned out to be a morsel floating on the surface and not a swimming fish.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #eagle in flight #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #sony a1 #wildlife photography florida https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/target-in-reach Mon, 13 Jun 2022 13:11:03 GMT
Red Bellied Woodpecker https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/red-bellied-woodpecker Red Bellied WoodpeckerRed Bellied Woodpecker

 

Taking a hike around Jack Island when I encountered a bird I often photograph at home.  All you have to do is listen for the rhythmic tapping it makes on the search for insects.

 

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Taking a Break https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/taking-a-break Taking a BreakTaking a Break

 

Cleaning up on the beach after finishing off their morning catch.  Smart enough to avoid catching a wave like some people walking the beach.

 

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Going Fishing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/going-fishing Going FishingGoing Fishing

 

This adult American Eagle had been resting in the nest with it's mate when it decided it was time for breakfast and quickly left to scout Lake Lochloosa near Hawthorne FL where it resides among the oak trees and spanish moss.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #eagle in flight #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #wildlife photography florida sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/going-fishing Mon, 06 Jun 2022 12:16:31 GMT
Grab & Go https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/grab-go Grab & GoGrab & Go

 

After coming in quickly from above, this juvenile American eagle grabbed a piece of floating fish from the surface of Lake Lochloosa and went off to enjoy it before another eagle came in to steal it away.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #eagle #eagle fishing #eagle in flight #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/grab-go Fri, 03 Jun 2022 11:27:17 GMT
Female Painted Bunting - 2 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/female-painted-bunting---2 Female Painted Bunting - 2Female Painted Bunting - 2

 

This female was very active around the feeding area once the red tailed hawk departed in search of a meal elsewhere.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #female painted bunting #florida #flying painted bunting #nature photography #sony #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/6/female-painted-bunting---2 Wed, 01 Jun 2022 11:32:42 GMT
Returning to the Nest https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/returning-to-the-nest Returning to the NestReturning to the Nest

 

It started out as what appeared to be a quiet morning on Blue Cypress Lake, but when the ospreys started to take flight it seemed as though they were coming and going in all four quadrants.  The toughest challenge was deciding which bird to focus on.  No complaints from me.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #ospreys #raptors #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/returning-to-the-nest Tue, 31 May 2022 11:46:54 GMT
Energy Drink https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/energy-drink Energy DrinkEnergy Drink

 

Even though the weather has not been cooperative this spring with frequent below normal temperatures along with lots of wind and rain, the birds know it is time to be here in Michigan.  This ruby throated hummingbird visits us several times a day and has claimed this feeder as its own.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #nature photography #ruby throated hummingbird #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/energy-drink Fri, 27 May 2022 11:52:35 GMT
Be Warned https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/be-warned Be WarnedBe Warned

 

This osprey was perched atop its large nest.  As we drifted closer to get a better perspective of it from below, we got a warning screech that we were encroaching on its territory and shifting into reverse would be an excellent idea.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #ospreys #raptors #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/be-warned Wed, 25 May 2022 15:25:03 GMT
Ready to Depart https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/ready-to-depart Ready to DepartReady to Depart

 

Perched on top of its nest, as we quietly drifted closer, we did not escape its excellent vision, but managed a quick shot before this osprey took off.  Actually our encroachment made for a better shot as we were able to capture the full wingspread.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #ospreys #raptors #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/ready-to-depart Tue, 24 May 2022 11:29:46 GMT
Scouting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/scouting ScoutingScouting

 

The cold weather is lingering through April and the deer are returning to scout familiar territory for food.  At this point little has grown so there are not even any daffodils or other spring flowers to feed upon.  They already have trimmed the bushes throughout the winter season.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #adult female deer #michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #whitetail deer #whitetail doe #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/scouting Mon, 23 May 2022 11:06:31 GMT
Crested Cormorants https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/crested-cormorants Crested CormorantsCrested Cormorants

 

This pair of Crested Cormorants had just finished drying their wings and were getting ready to take flight.  You can tell by the mini tufts on their heads that they are in the breeding season.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #crested cormorants #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/crested-cormorants Fri, 20 May 2022 12:45:20 GMT
Watchful Eyes https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/watchful-eyes Watchful EyesWatchful Eyes

 

Always on alert, these ospreys are either guarding the young or using their excellent vision to search for unsuspecting prey below.

 

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Catching the Light https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/catching-the-light Catching the LightCatching the Light

 

When I first looked at my capture of this bird, I was confused by the blue collar around its neck was lit up by the angle of the sun.  Turns out to be a boat tailed grackle.

  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #boat tailed grackle #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/catching-the-light Mon, 16 May 2022 11:40:37 GMT
All Aglow https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/all-aglow All AglowAll Aglow

 

This male mallard took advantage of some brief sunshine to capture the light and show off his beautiful colors.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #male mallard #mallards #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #waterfowl #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/all-aglow Fri, 13 May 2022 12:54:51 GMT
Laser Focus https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/laser-focus Laser FocusLaser Focus

 

Osprey vision is one of their attributes that make them such excellent fishermen.  While their eyes are about the same size as ours there vision is at least twice as good.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #ospreys #raptors #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/laser-focus Wed, 11 May 2022 18:36:02 GMT
Perching Duck https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/perching-duck Perching DuckPerching Duck

 

Wood ducks often are referred to as "Carolina Ducks".

They nest in trees typically in hollowed out nests of squirrels, etc.  They often are found perching in trees observing their surroundings.

 

They are very colorful, like this male.  Both the male and female have red eyes and a red bill.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #sony a1 #waterfowl #wildlife photography #wood duck male #wood ducks "#nature photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/perching-duck Mon, 09 May 2022 09:35:14 GMT
The "Look" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/the-look The LookThe Look

 

When you become the subject of the laser focused stare of a raptor, you have to think about what it is like to be targeted as its prey. 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #ospreys #raptors #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/the-look Fri, 06 May 2022 15:47:03 GMT
Breeding Season https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/breeding-season Breeding SeasonBreeding Season

 

In terms of weather, April has been more like March with gray skies, snowy days, lots of wind and freezing temps at night.  Nevertheless, nature knows it's time to start nesting and start a new generation.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #male & female mallards #mallards #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #waterfowl #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/breeding-season Thu, 05 May 2022 11:32:48 GMT
Splish Splash https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/splish-splash Splish SplashSplish Splash

 

One day recently a flock of Ring-necked ducks suddenly appeared at the far end of our lake.  They all were in breeding plumage and I was hoping to capture them and their newborns.  Unfortunately they disappeared after a couple of days.  

I was lucky enough to be able to capture this one female going through her bathing ritual.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #female ring-necked duck #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #waterfowl #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/splish-splash Wed, 04 May 2022 09:32:39 GMT
Meleagris gallopavo https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/meleagris-gallopavo Meleagris gallopavoMeleagris gallopavo

 

This wild turkey is a bird native to the US.  It is considered a proud bird that has strong protective instincts.  In face, Benjamin Franklin preferred this to the eagle as our national bird.  Benjamin Franklin recognized that bald eagle rob other birds of prey and therefore considered it less honorable - - a scavenger.

Wild turkeys can run up to 25mph and can fly at speeds up to 55 mph.  Their vision is about 3 times better than ours and actually can see in color.

 

 

a scavenger

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #sony a1 #wild turkeys #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/meleagris-gallopavo Tue, 03 May 2022 14:20:43 GMT
Profiled https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/profiled ProfiledProfiled

 

We had an interesting morning exploring new areas around the ranches west of Vero Beach on an ATV.  Not only did we encounter several species of birds, some of them seemed to want to pose for phots like this great blue heron.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #great blue heron #nature photography #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/5/profiled Mon, 02 May 2022 09:12:07 GMT
Exploring New Waters https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/exploring-new-waters Exploring New WatersExploring New Waters

 

This is a breeding Ring necked duck.  They returned en masse a few days ago, stayed  for a few days and disappeared as quickly as they showed up.  Apparently, our lake was not what they were looking for as a breeding ground.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #ducks #male ring necked duck #michigan #morris lake #nature photography #sony a1 #waterfowl #wildlife photography photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/exploring-new-waters Fri, 29 Apr 2022 11:37:59 GMT
Nest Building https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/nest-building Nest BuildingNest Building

 

Muskrats are semi-aquatic mammals.  They look a lot like beavers  as they have furry bodies and partially webs hind feet. The biggest difference between the two is the tail.  The beaver has a wide flattened tail whereas the muskrat's tail is long and thin.   Muskrats are omnivores the help the waterfowl by creating channels in the underwater plants.  They also dine on shrimp, crayfish and other small creatures.

Here are a couple of facts I never knew.  The babies are called kits like the fox babies.  The adults are named just like deer.  The female is a doe and the male is a buck (without horns of course)!

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #beaver look alike #michigan #morris lake #muskrat #nature photography #semi-aquatic animals #wildlife photography ."#sony a1" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/nest-building Thu, 28 Apr 2022 12:36:18 GMT
On the Approach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/on-the-approach On the ApproachOn the Approach

 

There were several juvenile eagles circling and diving for an easy meal of pieces of fish and discarded bait thrown into the lake by fishermen at the various docks.

It worked out well for everyone as we were able to catch the eagles in action.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #fishing juvenile eagles #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/on-the-approach Wed, 27 Apr 2022 11:47:47 GMT
"Deerfeeder" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/deerfeeder "Deerfeeder""Deerfeeder"

 

It never ceases to amaze me at how quickly the word gets out that the fool that lives here thinks he will be feeding the birds again this year.  In any event, feeding the deer isn't all bad.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # #adult female deer #nature photography #whitetail deer #whitetail doe #wildlife photography michigan https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/deerfeeder Tue, 26 Apr 2022 11:25:44 GMT
Perfect Touchdown https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/perfect-touchdown Perfect TouchdownPerfect Touchdown

 

While I've seen many cormorants perched while drying their wings and also in flight, this is the first time I was able to catch one at the moment it was arriving on the lake to fish.  

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #breeding cormorant #cormorant landing on water #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/perfect-touchdown Mon, 25 Apr 2022 11:40:19 GMT
Male Painted Bunting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/male-painted-bunting Male Painted BuntingMale Painted Bunting

 

Like many of the human type "snowbirds" the buntings can be found throughout half of Florida during the months of September through March.   Unlike their human counterparts they spend the other months mostly in NE Florida.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #painted buntings #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/male-painted-bunting Fri, 22 Apr 2022 11:32:11 GMT
Female Painted Bunting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/female-painted-bunting Female Painted BuntingFemale Painted Bunting

 

While the female painted bunting is not as colorful as her male counterpart, she still displays beautiful shade of green and yellowish green.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #painted buntings #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/female-painted-bunting Thu, 21 Apr 2022 12:54:53 GMT
Successful Fishing Excursion https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/successful-fishing-excursion Successful Fishing ExcursionSuccessful Fishing Excursion

 

An adult bald eagle after successfully picking up a piece of fish floating on the surface.  At this location, fishermen cleaning fish at various stations around the lake throw the remains into the water which eventually float out away from the shoreline to become easy pickings for the birds.

It is a good example of nature in balance.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #adult #bird photography #birds of prey #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #wildlife photography eagle fishing" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/successful-fishing-excursion Wed, 20 Apr 2022 11:51:31 GMT
Easy Pickings https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/easy-pickings Easy PickingsEasy Pickings

 

This particular day on Lake Lochloosa was very calm with no breeze and very little movement on th water.  As a result the ospreys were staying close to their nest and very few adult eagles were out and about searching for food.  The white head and white tail feathers indicate that this eagle is at least 4 -5 years old, and therefore, an adult.

Most of the fishing was on the surface looking for scraps thrown in by fisherman that had floated out from the fish cleaning stations around the shoreline.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #adult eagle fishing #bird photography #birds of prey #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/easy-pickings Tue, 19 Apr 2022 12:14:47 GMT
Fishing Juvenile https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/fishing-juvenile Fishing JuvenileFishing Juvenile

 

This eagle is still in the process of maturing into adulthood which will occur at about 5 1/2 years of age. Based on the color of its diverse plumage, I would estimate that it may be about 3 years old.

As you can see, it has successfully picked up a small piece of fish which was floating on the surface of the lake.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #birds of prey #florida #hawthorne #juvenile #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #wildlife photography eagle fishing" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/fishing-juvenile Mon, 18 Apr 2022 09:15:41 GMT
Immature Eagle https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/immature-eagle Immature EagleImmature Eagle

 

The bald eagle most likely is the most recognizable North American bird.

You probably would easily recognize an adult bald eagle. Most people wouldn't recognize the juvenile and immature coloration of their plumage that precedes the impressive plumage of the adult with the white head and white tail feathers.  The more easily recognizable plumage is acquired at about 5 1/2 years of age for both male and female.

 

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #birds of prey #florida #hawthorne #juvenile eagle #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/immature-eagle Fri, 15 Apr 2022 10:00:30 GMT
Leaving the Nest https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/leaving-the-nest Leaving the NestLeaving the Nest

 

This adult eagle has just left its mate back at the nest.  

The nest is a whole other story in and by itself.  They have the largest nests of any birds and the male and female build the nest together which they may renovate every year by adding up to 2 feet of material.  Reportedly these nests can reach 10 feet in diameter and weigh up to 1 ton.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #adult #bird photography #birds of prey #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptor #wildlife photography eagle flight" in https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/leaving-the-nest Thu, 14 Apr 2022 12:54:41 GMT
Adult Eagles https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/adult-eagles Adult EaglesAdult Eagles

 

As with most birds of prey the female is the larger bird which is the same for the North American bald eagle.   The female can weigh up to 14 pounds whereas males are in the 7-10 pound weight range.

The female's wingspan can reach up to an impressive 8 feet: the male's wingspan norma;;y is about 6 1/2 feet in comparison.

Eagles mate for life  and grow old together.  They live an average of 25-40 years.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bald eagles #bird photography #birds of prey #eagle pair in nest #florida #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptors #wildlife photography hawthorne https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/adult-eagles Wed, 13 Apr 2022 12:10:54 GMT
In Your Face https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/in-your-face In Your FaceIn Your Face

 

Barred owls can be primarily in the eastern US and southern part of Canada.  More recently they have expanded their territory to southwest Canada, Oregon, Washington state and northern california primarily because of changes to the landscape.

As you can see the barred owl has a large round head with a face that is grayish-brown.  

 

These birds can be very aggressive if you intrude on their territory especially when they are breeding.  

In our case, their was a breeding pair set back in their nesting area and when they flew out, they came directly at us in the boat at about 30mph.

Although they cannot kill humans (thankfully) when provoked they will attack. Given that their talons can due severe damage and lead to major cuts and bleeding it is best to use caution when you here them hooting loudly.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #barred owls #bird photography #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptors #strix varia #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/in-your-face Tue, 12 Apr 2022 13:29:46 GMT
Here I Come https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/here-i-come Here I ComeHere I Come

 

These barred owls are carnivores feeding on small mammals like, mice, squirrels, rabbits, frogs and snakes.  They also prey on crayfish, crabs and fish.  Either way they stash their prey in nests or in the branches of trees.

 The average barred owl size is 16-25 inches with a wingspan of 3 - 4 feet.

 

They are territorial and can be aggressive toward intruders.  They will attack if they perceive a threat which we may have provoked by calling to them.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #barred owls #bird photography #florida #hawthorne #lake lochloosa #nature photography #raptors #strix varia #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/here-i-come Mon, 11 Apr 2022 11:22:00 GMT
Refueling Stop https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/refueling-stop Refueling StopRefueling Stop

 

I watched this female painted bunting fly from tree to tree coming closer in each time to ensure the area was safe before stopping at the feeder. Once done, she returned frequently, but always on the alert as I could hear hawks nearby.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #painted buntings #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/refueling-stop Fri, 08 Apr 2022 11:42:23 GMT
Hawk Relative https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/hawk-relative Hawk RelativeHawk Relative

 

The ospreys' diet is mainly comprised of fish.  They catch their prey by swooping down from the sky.  I think of them as the best fishermen in Florida as they rarely miss.

Having a flight speed of roughly 80 miles per hour helps in this regard.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/hawk-relative Thu, 07 Apr 2022 09:51:17 GMT
Shadows https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/shadows ShadowsShadows

 

Water lilies belong to the Nymphaeaceae family of plant.  They live as rhizomatous aquatic herbs.  That's probably more info than you need, but they are beautiful and they are photogenic.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nature photography #vero beach #waterlily https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/shadows Wed, 06 Apr 2022 12:33:02 GMT
Happiness Is https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/happiness-is Happiness IsHappiness Is

 

The look of pure joy after finding a piece of bread in the grass.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #grey squirrel #nature photography #sony a1 #south beach #squirrel with bread #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/4/happiness-is Tue, 05 Apr 2022 09:53:46 GMT
Nature's Serenity https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/natures-serenity Nature's SerenityNature's Serenity

 

Another serene spot beside a slow flowing, lazy river.  Perfect for clearing the mind and reducing stress.  Not only that, no one else was around.  It was silent except for the gentle sound of the flowing water.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #waterfall https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/natures-serenity Mon, 28 Mar 2022 11:54:58 GMT
Big Sky Country https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/big-sky-country Big Sky CountryBig Sky Country

 

Driving through Glacier National Park was exhilarating.  The scenery was breathtaking and the photo opportunities were at every turn in the road.  It was a virtual mountain of memories.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #glacier national park #going to the sun road #landscape photography #montana #mountain scenery #nature photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/big-sky-country Sat, 26 Mar 2022 14:32:08 GMT
In Balance https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/in-balance In BalanceIn Balance

 

Before heading out to explore an area surrounding some ranches west of Vero Beach, I was fortunate to be able to photograph several painted buntings - - female on the left; male on the right.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) 'buntings #bird photography #florida #nature photography #painted' #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/in-balance Fri, 25 Mar 2022 11:04:52 GMT
Successful Fisherman https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/successful-fisherman Successful FishermanSuccessful Fisherman

 

About 99% of the osprey's diet is fish.  In addition to having a reversible outer toe enabling them to hang on to slippery fish, they also have true color vision. One of their more unique aspects is they can close their nose when diving into the water.

All of these features helped earn them the reputation of being the best fishermen in Florida.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/successful-fisherman Thu, 24 Mar 2022 12:17:59 GMT
Foraging for Seeds https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/foraging-for-seeds Foraging for SeedsForaging for Seeds

 

This male cardinal was taking the lazy approach to feeding.  It stayed on the ground below the feeder and let the other birds scatter the seeds while selecting their meals from the feeder above.  All it had to do was wait for the falling seeds while conserving its energy.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #male cardinal #nature photography #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/foraging-for-seeds Wed, 23 Mar 2022 12:29:16 GMT
Leading the Way https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/leading-the-way-1 Leading the WayLeading the Way

 

Heading south early in the morning looking for fish as they work their way toward the usual daytime feeding area.  They will return before sundown each day.  The only thing that changes during this daily ritual is who becomes the flight leader which changes periodically during their flight path.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #brown pelicans #florida #nature photography #pelicans in flight. #sony a1 #south beach #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/leading-the-way-1 Tue, 22 Mar 2022 10:49:44 GMT
Sunbathing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/sunbathing SunbathingSunbathing

 

Alligators have a lot more teeth than us.  In fact, they have about 75 teeth.  Again, unlikes, when their teeth wear out or break off, they are replaced. (Sure would have saved me a lot of money over the years).

Over the course of their lifetime they may have as many as 3000 teeth.

 

Unlike a lot of other reptiles, they care for their young of about 2 years.  In contrast, something less than 10% of baby alligators are eaten by their parents.  Must be the luck of the draw.

 

Here is something very interesting.  Alligator blood is both antibiotic and antiviral.  You have to ask why it couldn't somehow be used by us against diseases like the Corona virus?

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alligator #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #reptile #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/sunbathing Mon, 21 Mar 2022 11:38:59 GMT
Home Again https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/home-again Home AgainHome Again

 

The length of an osprey approximates 2 feet.Their wingspan typically is 4 to 5 feet.  Females normally are larger than their male counterparts.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/home-again Fri, 18 Mar 2022 17:37:02 GMT
Settling In https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/settling-in Settling InSettling In

 

Although they were not in great numbers yet, the roseate spoonbills that were in the rookery were active enough to capture the full view and their beautiful coloration from time to time.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #fellesmere #florida #ibis family member #nature photography #roseate spoonbill #sony a1 #stick marsh #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/settling-in Fri, 18 Mar 2022 10:30:24 GMT
Little Blue Heron https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/little-blue-heron Little Blue HeronLittle Blue Heron

 

Perched high in a tree scouting the mudflats for fish in the shallow water.  This heron can be found year round in Florida.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #little blue heron #nature photography #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/little-blue-heron Thu, 17 Mar 2022 10:24:11 GMT
Patiently Waiting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/patiently-waiting Patiently WaitingPatiently Waiting

 

Frequently found on the Florid beaches between August and May.  These Ruddy Turnstones were carefully watching for the tide to recede before quickly darting down  to pick up any invertebrates washed up on the shore.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #ruddy turnstones #shorebirds on beach #sony a1 #south beach #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/patiently-waiting Wed, 16 Mar 2022 11:31:16 GMT
It's Mine https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/its-mine It's MineIt's Mine

 

This squirrel had just found a piece of bread in the grass just off the beach.  It quickly scampered on top of a wood piling and hugged it tightly.  It certainly was going to guard it against all the other squirrels racing around below.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #grey squirrel #nature photography #sony a1 #south beach #squirrel with bread #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/its-mine Tue, 15 Mar 2022 10:40:33 GMT
Full Speed https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/full-speed Full SpeedFull Speed

 

Ospreys live on very continent except Antartica.  They live in all 50 states. Today I was photographing them at Blue Cypress Lake in Vero Beach Florida.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/full-speed Mon, 14 Mar 2022 12:46:52 GMT
Snakebird https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/snakebird SnakebirdSnakebird

 

The anhinga was described as  "snakebird" early on by the Native American Indians as the shape of its head and neck look like a snake in the water when diving for fish. The rest of its body is below the water line so only the head and neck show.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #anhinga #bird #fellesmere #florida #nature photography #sony a1 #stick marsh #wildlife photography photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/snakebird Fri, 11 Mar 2022 12:52:36 GMT
Familiar Territory https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/familiar-territory Familiar TerritoryFamiliar Territory

 

Ospreys tend to use their nests not only for years, but for generations.  As they nest in colonies, Blue Cypress Lake in Vero Beach Florida hosts many of these beautiful and skillful raptors.

The ospreys lifespan ranges from 15-30 years.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/familiar-territory Thu, 10 Mar 2022 11:57:35 GMT
Lazing in the Sun https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/lazing-in-the-sun Lazing in the SunLazing in the Sun

 

The American alligator is a cold blooded reptile living in wetland areas.  It can grow between 6 and 11 feet long and arte usually found in the wild in Louisiana and Florida.

They have existed since the time of dinasours.

They are mostly meat eating reptiles, and display strength, speed and ferocity when attacking their prey.

They can run fast, but tire quickly which is fortunate for many golfers who have encountered them on the golf course.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alligator #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #reptile #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/lazing-in-the-sun Wed, 09 Mar 2022 12:53:12 GMT
White Ibis https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/white-ibis White IbisWhite Ibis

 

One of three ibises that flew along a canal, periodically perching in the trees as we maneuvered along a dirt road in an ATV in the area of the Sexton Ranch west of Vero Beach.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/white-ibis Tue, 08 Mar 2022 12:27:24 GMT
Moon Shot https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/moon-shot Moon ShotMoon Shot

Clear skies, low humidity and light winds made for excellent conditions.  Although I missed out photographing the crescent moon, I was able to get out last night and capture the waxing crescent moon.  

Hopefully, I will be able to have the same conditions when it is full.

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #nature photography #night photography #night sky #vero beach #waxing crescent moon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/moon-shot Mon, 07 Mar 2022 13:26:04 GMT
Nest Building https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/nest-building Nest BuildingNest Building

 

In addition to bringing materials to enhance the nest, it looks like there was some food delivery taking place.  Given the density of the trees it was impossible to tell if this was a female in the nest along with the returning male.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #fellesmere #florida #ibis family member #nature photography #roseate spoonbill #sony a1 #stick marsh #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/nest-building Fri, 04 Mar 2022 11:48:14 GMT
Returning from Fishing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/returning-from-fishing-1 Returning from FishingReturning from Fishing

 

It was mid morning and the early morning activity had slowed down.  Many of the ospreys we saw had settled back into their nests which they reuse year after year.  

As you can see here, they have large talons as long as 3 inches.  You also can get a sense of their wingspan which is between 4-5 feet wide.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/returning-from-fishing-1 Thu, 03 Mar 2022 13:07:03 GMT
Searching https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/searching SearchingSearching

 

If you look closely at this osprey searching for a fish you might be able to see that they have four toes on each foot all of which have sharp barbs.  Some of the reasons they are such excellent fishermen is that they have true color vision and their outer toe can reverse backward enabling it to hang onto a slippery fish.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue cypress lake #florida #nature photography #osprey #raptor #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/searching Wed, 02 Mar 2022 13:42:46 GMT
Returning to the Rookery https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/returning-to-the-rookery Returning to the RookeryReturning to the Rookery

 

Mid February and the roseate spoonbills are just arriving to begin mating and nest building.  Only a few were clearly visible as most were deep inside the trees working on their nests.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #fellesmere #florida #ibis family member #nature photography #roseate spoonbill #sony a1 #stick marsh #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/3/returning-to-the-rookery Tue, 01 Mar 2022 14:01:35 GMT
Can't Fool Me https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/cant-fool-me Can't Fool MeCan't Fool Me

 

Sometimes the best plans to deter wildlife end up being a great place to stop, rest and maybe even take time to air dry wings.  In any case, this cormorant has taken advantage of the goose decoy.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #cormorant #cormorant perched on decoy #florida #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/cant-fool-me Mon, 28 Feb 2022 13:09:50 GMT
The Morning After https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/the-morning-after The Morning AfterThe Morning After

 

After three days of wind and rain the sun broke out for a couple of hours in the early morning.  I couldn't wait to get out and capture the "afterglow" of the storm, especially the raindrops on the leaves.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #flora #flower photography #landscape photography #nature photography #raindrops on broadleaf plants #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/the-morning-after Sun, 27 Feb 2022 13:11:47 GMT
Ceryle Alycon https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/ceryle-alycon Ceryle AlyconCeryle Alycon

 

This belted kingfisher was facing into the wind ready to dive down and seize a small fish from the canal below.  Its crest is not ruffled from the wind.  The ragged front and rear crests are one way to identify this bird.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #belted kingfisher #bird photography #florida #nature photography #sexton family ranch #treasure hammock ranch #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/ceryle-alycon Fri, 25 Feb 2022 11:57:29 GMT
Returning from Fishing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/returning-from-fishing Returning from FishingReturning from Fishing

 

This gull was looking for a safe place to land after another successful fishing trip while the sandpipers below continued probing the sand for their next meal.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #ft pierce #ft pierce inlet #ft pierce state park #nature photography #shorebirds #shorebirds in flight #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/returning-from-fishing Thu, 24 Feb 2022 10:58:05 GMT
Glossy Ibis https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/glossy-ibis Glossy IbisGlossy Ibis

 

Another Florida resident, most commonly found in central and south Florida

in coastal and freshwater marshes and ponds.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #glossy ibis #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/glossy-ibis Wed, 23 Feb 2022 12:28:25 GMT
Showing Off https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/showing-off Showing OffShowing Off

 

Another Florida resident commonly seen circling above the roadways looking for carrion and road kill.  With a 6 foot wingspread they are easily spotted on a daily basis.  

These birds rarely flap their wings but tend to soar with their wings at about a 20 degree angle above horizontal.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #raptor #sony a1 #stick marsh #turkey vulture #wildlife photography indian river county https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/showing-off Tue, 22 Feb 2022 11:08:47 GMT
Ibis Family Member https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/ibis-family-member Ibis Family MemberIbis Family Member

 

A Forida resident that normally breeds from down in the everglades as far north as Tampa Bay on the west coast and Merritt  Island on the east coast.  

Locally the roseate spoonbills begin nesting and breeding seriously in February.  At the rookery in Stick Marsh, they cn be found along with herons, egrets, and anhinga .  They stand out due to their coloration, which is pink from their diet of shrimp and other aquatic invertabrates, and also because of the unique shape of their bill.  

Their bill is used to sweep from side to side in the mud feeling for the food.

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #ajaia ajaja #bird photography #florida #nature photography #roseate spoonbill #sony a1 #stick marsh #wildlife photography indian river county https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/ibis-family-member Mon, 21 Feb 2022 13:20:09 GMT
Reflections https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/reflections ReflectionsReflections

 

These water lilies can be found in temperate and tropical climates around the world.  They grow in ponds, canals and slow moving water.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #floral photography #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nature photography #vero beach #waterlilies https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/reflections Fri, 18 Feb 2022 13:31:40 GMT
In the Garden https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/in-the-garden In the GardenIn the Garden

 

Whenever I find a quiet spot with flowing water, I let the stress go with the flow. It is a magical feeling.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #waterfall https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/in-the-garden Thu, 17 Feb 2022 13:31:19 GMT
Who Knows Where https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/who-knows-where Who Knows WhereWho Knows Where

 

Along the side of one of the many trails in Mckee Botanical Gardens while exploring for waterlilies.  It is a bit early for the blooms, but I did find a few.  Stay tuned as they will soon be showing up there and join my web site.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nature photography #the garden entrance #the pergola #vero beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/who-knows-where Wed, 16 Feb 2022 12:44:22 GMT
Finished Feeding https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/finished-feeding Finished FeedingFinished Feeding

 

These brown pelicans often can be found as part of a colony nesting in trees.

This is where they also rest when not flying in a V formation or skimming th tops of waves looking for an easy meal.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #brown pelican #florida #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/finished-feeding Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:53:13 GMT
Florida Resident https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/florida-resident Florida ResidentFlorida Resident

 

This Plegadis falcinellus, otherwise known as a glossy ibis, is about 2 feet in length.  In winter the adult wings and body are dark green and the head and neck are a brownish color.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #glossy ibis #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/florida-resident Mon, 14 Feb 2022 13:42:46 GMT
Whistling Skein https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/whistling-skein Whistling SkeinWhistling Skein

 

These boisterous black bellied whistling ducks were calm floating on a small pond and suddenly burst up overhead.  It wasn't me that spooked them and I never saw any predators nearby, but it made for a good opportunity to capture them in flight.

Apparently this is normal behavior as it happened a few more times in the thirty minutes I was there.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #black bellied whistling ducks #florida #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #whistling ducks #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/whistling-skein Fri, 11 Feb 2022 12:40:25 GMT
Dressed in Pink https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/dressed-in-pink Dressed in PinkDressed in Pink

 

This roseate spoonbill is a member of the Ibis Family.  It is resident in Florida where it lives in the coastal flats, lagoons and marshes.  On rare occasions it can be found inland.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #roseate spoonbill #sony a1 #vero beach #waste water treatment plant site #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/dressed-in-pink Thu, 10 Feb 2022 12:29:46 GMT
The Raft https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/the-raft The RaftThe Raft

 

This flock, or "raft" of black-bellied whistling ducks was very boisterous.It often is referred to as part duck and part goose because of its strange appearance and behavior.

They graze in fields like geese and nest in trees like wood ducks.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #black bellied whistling ducks #florida #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #whistling ducks #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/the-raft Wed, 09 Feb 2022 14:04:32 GMT
Grus Canadensis https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/grus-canadensis Grus CanadensisGrus Canadensis

 

A sandhill crane looking for a meal - - mainly seeds and tubers - - located in a wetland area west of Vero Beach.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #sandhill crane #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/grus-canadensis Tue, 08 Feb 2022 13:44:40 GMT
Entering the Gardens https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/entering-the-gardens Entering the GardensEntering the Gardens

 

Entering the local botanical gardens to see what lies ahead.  There are a variety of trails and ponds.  It also hosts the state's largest collection of waterlilies.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #landscape photography #mckee botanical gardens #nature photography #the garden entrance #the pergola #vero beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/entering-the-gardens Mon, 07 Feb 2022 13:49:44 GMT
I See You https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/i-see-you I See YouI See You

 

While bucks and does normally remain separate from each other except during the mating season the doe was feeding about 50 feet from a 6 point buck.  The buck feeds here regularly, but until now has been a loner whenever it visits to feed.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #deer #doe #Michigan #nature photography #nikon #sony a1 #virginia deer #whitetail deer #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/i-see-you Sat, 05 Feb 2022 12:34:57 GMT
Like a Rainbow https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/like-a-rainbow Like a RainbowLike a Rainbow

 

Although I do not particularly like bird photos with man made devices in them,

i thought this capture really showed off all the colors of this male painted bunting so you could experience it if you never have seen one.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #male painted bunting #nature photography #sony #vero beach #wildlife photography male painted bunting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/like-a-rainbow Fri, 04 Feb 2022 11:56:56 GMT
Passing By https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/passing-by Passing ByPassing By

 

These ring billed gulls had just returned from a mornings catch offshore and had returned to the beach to preen themselves.  The ruddy turnstone decided it was time to move on a give the gulls some space.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) "#bird photography" "#nature photography" "#ring billed gulls" "#sony a1" "#wildlife photography" #florida #ruddy turnstone #south beach #vero beach florida shorebirds on beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/passing-by Thu, 03 Feb 2022 14:55:33 GMT
Great Expectations https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/great-expectations Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations

 

Given the action of the water coming out of this pipe, it appears as though this Great Blue Heron expected its dinner to just pop up for an easy catch.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #broward county #florida #great #nature photography #sony a1 #viera wetlands #wildlife photography blue heron on outlet pipe" water https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/great-expectations Wed, 02 Feb 2022 13:07:09 GMT
Wild Orchids https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/wild-orchids Wild Orchids

 

Epiphytes are a fascinating group of plants, which include many species from the  bromeliad family and the orchid family. Epiphytes are “air” plants that survive on moisture and nutrients in the atmosphere. They just use trees as anchors where the right conditions of light and moisture are being met.

I found these on an afternoon walk in Vero beach, FL.
 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #epiphytes #floral photography #florida #landscape photography #nature photography #orchids #orchids growing on trees #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/2/wild-orchids Tue, 01 Feb 2022 12:40:44 GMT
Goin' Fishing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/goin-fishing Goin' FishingGoin' Fishing

 

For the sake of this fisherman, hopefully the clouds on the horizon are the aftermath of the passing storm last night and not an indication of more rough weather to come today.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #atlantic ocean #fishing the atlantic #florida #heading out to fish #landscape photography #nature photography #nikon #north #sunrise hutchinson island" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/goin-fishing Mon, 31 Jan 2022 15:18:35 GMT
Color in Motion https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/color-in-motion Color in MotionColor in Motion

 

With a hawk perched nearby and several grackles and blackbirds flying around, the painted buntings were very careful around the feeding area this particular morning.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #flying painted bunting #nature photography #sony #vero beach #wildlife photography male painted bunting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/color-in-motion Fri, 28 Jan 2022 14:37:02 GMT
Mimus polyglots https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/mimus-polyglots Mimus polyglotsMimus polyglots

 

As soon as the red tail hawk departed this courageous mockingbird to up the high perch to see who it might target to chase.  They do chase other birds and eventually this one started to drive others away from the feeding grounds.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature #northern mockingbird #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/mimus-polyglots Thu, 27 Jan 2022 15:25:26 GMT
Birds of Prey https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/birds-of-prey Birds of PreyBirds of Prey

 

Circling while seeking its prey.  Once found, the osprey dives quickly, talons extended and rarely misses.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # #bird photography #broward county #nature photography #osprey in flight #raptor #viera wetlands #wildlife photography florida https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/birds-of-prey Wed, 26 Jan 2022 12:52:08 GMT
Changing Conditions https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/changing-conditions Changing ConditionsChanging Conditions

 

It was overcast, and pretty windy with temperatures in the mid-50's, While a bit chilly, Schatzi and I enjoyed our morning exploratory walk.  Schatzi has now taken to cashing shorebirds as opposed to squirrels as they are more plentiful targets here.

If you look closely, there is one brave shorebird in the lower right corner that held its ground as we approached. 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #indian river county #landscape photography #nature photography #sony a1 #south beach #vero beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/changing-conditions Tue, 25 Jan 2022 12:09:00 GMT
All Lit Up https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/all-lit-up All Lit UpAll Lit Up

 

The light was very bright with a perfectly clear sky, so the male painted bunting's colors really showed off.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #flying painted bunting #nature photography #sony #vero beach #wildlife photography male painted bunting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/all-lit-up Mon, 24 Jan 2022 12:50:03 GMT
Who's Your Daddy https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/whos-your-daddy Who's Your DaddyWho's Your Daddy

 

Here's a brave little lizard (brown anole) riding on the nose of a 'gator.  Fortunately it was a lawn ornament and not the real thing or the lizard may not have enjoyed its sunbath for long.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #brown anole #florida #iguanid family #lizard riding alligator #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/whos-your-daddy Sun, 23 Jan 2022 14:31:15 GMT
Hunting https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/hunting HuntingHunting

 

This red tailed hawk took the highest perch available in readiness to strike an unsuspecting feeding bird or rodent.

Interesting how it found a look alike statue for a perch.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #sony a1 #bird photography #florida #hawk perched on statue #nature photography #vero beach #wildlife photography red tail hawk https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/hunting Fri, 21 Jan 2022 12:11:27 GMT
Water Landing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/water-landing Water LandingWater Landing

 

Softly touching down to join the other white pelicans feeding nearby on the intracoastal waterway.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #indian river #intracoastal waterway #nature photography #sony a1 #white pelican landing #wildlife photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/water-landing Thu, 20 Jan 2022 12:35:00 GMT
Northern Cardinal https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/northern-cardinal Northern CardinalNorthern Cardinal

 

I see these beautiful birds pretty much wherever I travel in the US, but the setting was a bit different so I couldn't resist another capture.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #northern cardinal #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/northern-cardinal Wed, 19 Jan 2022 20:08:51 GMT
Anolis Sagrei https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/anolis-sagrei Anolis SagreiAnolis Sagrei

 

This male Brown Anole lizard, which is very common on both coasts of Florida, is seen displaying its reddish-orange throat fan.  They are very active by day and can be found easily in their habitat beneath shrubs and trees.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #brown anole #florida #iguanid family #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/anolis-sagrei Wed, 19 Jan 2022 12:59:12 GMT
Lurking https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/lurking LurkingLurking

 

Looking docile when floating around the lake, but 'gators can be very aggressive and vicious when approached.  Sitting in a low-sided boat got me up close and personal, but fortunately not too close.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alligator #blue cypress lake #brown anole #florida #nature photography #sony a1 #vero beach #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/lurking Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:46:13 GMT
Florida Resident https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/florida-resident Florida ResidentFlorida Resident

 

Lots of these black skimmers were resting on the beach along with a multitude of other gulls and terns.  One big happy family.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #black skimmer #florida #fort pierce state park #gull and tern family #nature photography #shorebird #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/florida-resident Mon, 17 Jan 2022 11:42:43 GMT
Squid Lips https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/squid-lips Squid Lips

 

From the name of the restaurant to the signage, you know you are going to relax and have fun while enjoying the outdoor atmosphere and good food.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #sony a1 #squid lips restaurant #street photography #watrescape photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/squid-lips Sat, 15 Jan 2022 14:19:43 GMT
Morning Breaks https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/morning-breaks Morning BreaksMorning Breaks

 

Off to the beach to watch the birds, the waves,  the treasure seekers, the fishermen and ,of course, the sun bathers.

 

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The Way It Was https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/the-way-it-was The Way It WasThe Way It Was

 

After continuing to go deeper into the area, I must admit, I gave up after the first two dozen mosquito bites.

That doesn't mean I won't return to continue exploring, but definitely will be better prepared next time.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #Florida the way it was #florida untouched #indian river #landscape photography #nature photography #oslo river conservation area #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/the-way-it-was Thu, 13 Jan 2022 12:52:53 GMT
Back in Time https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/back-in-time Back in TimeBack in Time

 

Heading into a new area to explore an relatively untouched area.  Looks like a totally unspoiled, untouched area.  Wonder what may be lurking here as I go deeper.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #Florida the way it was #florida untouched #indian river #landscape photography #nature photography #oslo river conservation area #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/back-in-time Wed, 12 Jan 2022 11:01:06 GMT
Going Deeper https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/going-deeper Going DeeperGoing Deeper

 

Continuing along the trail while checking for creepy crawly things on the ground.  It sure is silent.  Not even a bird singing.  Wonder what surprises may be waiting farther down the trail.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #Florida the way it was #florida untouched #indian river #landscape photography #nature photography #oslo river conservation area #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/going-deeper Tue, 11 Jan 2022 11:42:21 GMT
Deep in Nature https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/deep-in-nature Deep in NatureDeep in Nature

 

The sound of silence is "deafening".  About the only thing stirring are the dragonflies and there seem to be hundreds flying everywhere.  of course, where there are dragonflies, there are mosquitoes.

The dragonflies feast on the mosquitoes and the mosquitoes feast on me. Great example of the "law of the jungle". 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #Florida the way it was #florida untouched #indian river #landscape photography #nature photography #oslo river conservation area #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/deep-in-nature Mon, 10 Jan 2022 13:43:09 GMT
Sneak Peak https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/sneak-peak Sneak PeakSneak Peak

 

Another day, another boardwalk.  Only this time, I know there I am headed.  It's a beach exploration to check out the surroundings for photography and for taking Schatzi for new adventures.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #florida the way it was #indian river county #landscape photography #nature photography #sony a1 #south beach #vero beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/sneak-peak Fri, 07 Jan 2022 12:15:07 GMT
Unknown Path https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/unknown-path Unknown PathUnknown Path

 

Following the Florida nature trails with absolutely no idea of what may be around the next bend.  Mysterious and full of expectations.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #florida the way it was #florida untouched #indian river #landscape photography #nature photography #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/unknown-path Thu, 06 Jan 2022 11:42:40 GMT
Daybreak https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/daybreak DaybreakDaybreak

 

Just after sunrise on a rare overcast morning.  Here I don't consider it dark and gloomy, but an opportunity to capture a moment in nature that never twill be repeated.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #indian river county #landscape photography #nature photography #sony a1 #south beach #vero beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/daybreak Wed, 05 Jan 2022 14:37:44 GMT
Looking for Lunch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/looking-for-lunch Looking for LunchLooking for Lunch

 

This American Alligator, formally known as Alligator Mississippinsis, tens to hibernate in the cooler months in Florida.  As this season has been warmer than normal, the 'gators have been more active.

While some think it is docile, when approached  or surprised that are dangerous and vicious.  

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #alligator #broward county #cruising gator #florida #nature photography #reptiles #sony a1 #viera wetlands #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/looking-for-lunch Tue, 04 Jan 2022 13:19:10 GMT
Sandpiper Family https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/sandpiper-family Sandpiper FamilySandpiper Family

 

Off by itself, this Ruddy Turnstone inhabits the beaches of Florida.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce inlet #nature photography #shorebirds #sony a1 #wildlife photography ruddy turnstone https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2022/1/sandpiper-family Mon, 03 Jan 2022 14:22:17 GMT
To the Beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/to-the-beach To the BeachTo the Beach

 

Another early morning adventure on the beach.   Schatzi already understands what lies ahead and is getting ready for her "sniff walk" to pick up scents from every square inch of beach.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #indian river county #landscape photography #nature photography #sony a1 #south beach #vero beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/to-the-beach Fri, 31 Dec 2021 14:38:00 GMT
Great Egret https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/great-egret Great EgretGreat Egret

 

This egret was patiently awaiting the ebb and flow of the tide to bring its potential meal to it.  Apparently it was saving its energy and only flew from rock to rock to seek its prey.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce inlet #nature photography #sony a1 #wading birds #wildlife photography birdss https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/great-egret Thu, 30 Dec 2021 14:07:29 GMT
Before Sunrise https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/before-sunrise Before SunriseBefore Sunrise

 

Sneaked away a little earlier this morning while my ladies were soundly sleeping.  Most days have had no cloud coverage so I didn't want to miss the opportunity to capture a unique sunrise.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #indian river county #landscape photography #nature photography #sony a1 #south beach #vero beach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/before-sunrise Wed, 29 Dec 2021 12:52:43 GMT
Juvenile https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/juvenile JuvenileJuvenile

 

This little egret can be identified as a juvenile due to its yellow legs which will become all black (like the front part) in adulthood.

This one, already was an adult in its own mind as it chased away all others trying to encroach on its spot.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce boat ramp #little egret #nature photography #sony a1 #wading birdss #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/juvenile Tue, 28 Dec 2021 13:55:53 GMT
Ready to Strike https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/ready-to-strike Ready to StrikeReady to Strike

 

This great egret was patiently awaiting an unsuspecting fish to come a bit closer before enjoying its next meal.  A perfect example of the expression "patience is a virtue" or perhaps in this case "patience pays off".

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce boat ramp #great egret #heron #nature photography #shorebirds #sony a1 #wading birds #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/ready-to-strike Mon, 27 Dec 2021 12:55:34 GMT
6 Point Buck https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/6-point-buck 6 Point Buck6 Point Buck

 

White-tailed deer  feed starting before dawn until a few hours after the sun has risen, and again in the late afternoon until dusk.

They communicate through sound, odor, body language, and
marking with scratches. When alarmed, a White-tailed deer
will raise its tail to warn other deer. It is the white underside of their tail that gives them their name.  Basically that's all you see when the cut and run.
 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #buck #deer #Michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #virginia deer #whitetail deer #wildlife photography 6 point buck https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/6-point-buck Fri, 24 Dec 2021 13:00:58 GMT
Flight Formation https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/flight-formation Flight FormationFlight Formation

 

These black skimmerss were part of a flock of mixed shorebirds that I encountered on a quiet beach protected by a rock barrier.  They appeared to be the largest of the mixed group.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce inlet #nature photography #royal terns in flight #shorebirds #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/flight-formation Thu, 23 Dec 2021 12:52:49 GMT
Arenaria interpres https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/arenaria-interpres Arenaria interpresArenaria interpres

 

My first encounter with a Ruddy Turnstone.  This bird inhabits beaches and mudflats, so I was surprised I never had encountered one before.  Well, maybe I did, but never knew it.

Thanks to my photo guru, Jeff Wendorff, I got the identification.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce inlet #nature photography #shorebirds #sony a1 #wildlife photography ruddy turnstone https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/arenaria-interpres Wed, 22 Dec 2021 15:05:04 GMT
Landing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/landing LandingLanding

 

Incoming brown pelican as it landed.  The wingspread is what caught my attention.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #brown pelican #florida #fort pierce boat ramp #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/landing Tue, 21 Dec 2021 13:04:08 GMT
Egret in Flight https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/egret-in-flight Egret in FlightEgret in Flight

 

I was relaxing watching egrets fish along the rocky shoreline along the Fort Pierce inlet.  Theyir wingspread of about 4 feet, always make them an interesting subject.

They recognized as part of the heron by their deep croak.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce inlet #nature photography #shorebirds #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/egret-in-flight Mon, 20 Dec 2021 13:11:42 GMT
Touch Down https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/touch-down Touch DownTouch Down

 

I always have found Florida's brown pelicans interesting as they circle and dive for their meals.  Their flying formations also make for some good photo opportunities.

This time i was fortunate to have one come in for a landing straight at me.  For me it was exciting to be  able to capture the moment just before it broke the surface of the water.  I never realized that they tipped their feet back at an angle as they landed.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #brown pelican landing #florida #fort pierce boat ramp #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/touch-down Fri, 17 Dec 2021 14:44:11 GMT
Scattering https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/scattering ScatteringScattering

 

As I was settling into position and slowly approaching this group of shorebirds, including laughing gulls, black skimmers, royal terns and a couple of ruddy turnstones, they suddenly took off and scattered.  I couldn't figure out why as i was trying not to disturb them.

When I turned around, someone, with a cell phone of course, had walked rapidly up behind me to take a snapshot.  

I know you will find this hard to believe, but I did not say a word.  I knew the birds would be back when the  @#%$ left.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce inlet #nature photography #shorebirds #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/scattering Thu, 16 Dec 2021 13:42:27 GMT
Birdmania https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/birdmania BirdmaniaBirdmania

 

There were so many shorebirds coming and going, I was beginning to wonder if Alfred Hitchcock's spirit was present.  It felt like I was in the movie "The Birds".

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #fort pierce inlet #nature photography #shorebirds #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/birdmania Wed, 15 Dec 2021 13:45:59 GMT
Busy Bee https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/busy-bee Busy BeeBusy Bee

 

And the work goes on throughout the year down here.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bee on bloom #florida" #indian river county #landscape photography #pollinating bee #sony a1 #vero beach nature photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/busy-bee Tue, 14 Dec 2021 13:01:39 GMT
Rise and Shine https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/rise-and-shine Rise and ShineRise and Shine

 

A great example of the golden hour when the sun spotlights a perfect hibiscus bloom.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #flower photography #hibiscus bloom #landscape photography #nature photography #pink hibiscus #sony #winter blooms a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/rise-and-shine Mon, 13 Dec 2021 13:15:31 GMT
Raindrops Keeps Falling https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/raindrops-keeps-falling Raindrops Keep FallingRaindrops Keep Falling

 

As the day was breaking, there was a brief break between the rain showers.  Couldn't resit the opportunity to capture the raindrops showing off on the flowers.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #florida #flower photography #hibiscus bloom #landscape photography #nature photography #sony a1 #winter blooms #yellow hibiscus https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/raindrops-keeps-falling Fri, 10 Dec 2021 13:31:42 GMT
Bouganvillea https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/bouganvillea BouganvilleaBouganvillea

 

The "flowers" of the Bougainvillea, are actually modified leaves, called bracts, that are long-lasting and bright. Like the poinsettia plant, the bracts outshine the plant's true, tiny, white flower which appear off and on throughout most of the year.  The flowers are more plentiful in the winter.
 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bouganvillea #florida #flower photography #landscape photography #nature photography #viny plants #winter blooms https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/bouganvillea Thu, 09 Dec 2021 13:28:23 GMT
Preening https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/preening PreeningPreening

 

 

The Little Blue Heron is probably a close relative of the Snowy Egret.  Like  the Snowy Egret, it is all white when it is young but molts to a dark slate-blue plumage all over as an adult.

 They have a rich purple-maroon head and neck and dark grey/blue body. They have yellow eyes, yellow/greenish legs and that is pale blue at the base and black at the tip. 

 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue heron #florida #little blue heron #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/preening Wed, 08 Dec 2021 13:15:23 GMT
Feet First https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/feet-first Feet FirstFeet First

 

When flying, the white pelicans soar on their wide black-tipped white wings.  A flock of these pelicans when migrating is impressive as each bird appears to take the cue from the one in front of it, starting to flap and beginning a glide when the bird in front does. 

Their landings also are impressive and create quite a splash, especially when they are multiples at the same time.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #pelicans #white #wildlife photography ."#sony a1" pelicans" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/feet-first Tue, 07 Dec 2021 14:04:43 GMT
Landing Approach https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/landing-approach Landing ApproachLanding Approach

 

The American white pelican is one of the largest of North American birds with a wingspan of about 9 feet.  Their overall length ranges from 4 feet to 5 1/2 feet and they weigh in at about 10 - 20 pounds.

 

They are almost big enough to appear prehistoric.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #pelicans #white #wildlife photography ."#sony a1" pelicans" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/landing-approach Mon, 06 Dec 2021 13:20:23 GMT
"Ebony and Ivory" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/ebony-and-ivory "Ebony and Ivory""Ebony and Ivory"

 

White pelicans feed differently than brown pelicans. The brown pelicans dive on the fish. The white pelicans float on the surface, submerge their heads and scoop up fish. They tend to fish in small groups, herding the fish in front of them and encircling them.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #pelicans #sony a1 #white pelicans #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/ebony-and-ivory Fri, 03 Dec 2021 12:29:34 GMT
White Pelican https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/white-pelican White PelicanWhite Pelican

 

The brown pelican is found year-round in Florida. Adult white pelicans are winter visitors to the state. During the summertime, white pelicans can be found in their breeding grounds - - on lakes in the interior of western Canada and the northwestern U.S.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #pelicans #sony 'a1 #waterfowl #white pelicans #wildlife photography" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/white-pelican Thu, 02 Dec 2021 12:25:47 GMT
The Gathering https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/the-gathering The GatheringThe Gathering

 

There are several names for groups of pelicans. These include squadrons, pods, scoops and briefs.

For me, after watching them fly in formation, I like "squadron".

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #florida #nature photography #pelicans #sony a1 #white pelicans #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/12/the-gathering Wed, 01 Dec 2021 12:17:13 GMT
Balancing Act https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/balancing-act Balancing ActBalancing Act

 

 

The Little Blue Heron is a stand-and-wait predator as opposed to being a   predator that dashes around looking for its prey.  They patiently stand and watch the water for fish and other small morsels. They periodically change locations by walking slowly as this one does on a nearby boat lift on a daily basis.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #blue heron #florida #little blue heron #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/balancing-act Tue, 30 Nov 2021 13:06:20 GMT
Soaring https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/soaring SoaringSoaring

 

 

Of the 8 species of Pelicans, only the Brown Pelican lives primarily on coastal shores and is one of only two of the species that dramatically dive for their food. They can spot fish from 60-70 feet over the water and often dive from that height. as well. 

They can live from 10 to 30 years and although endangered about 35 years ago they now number around 650,000 here in the U.S.


They  use their pouches to catch fish(not store them). After draining the water from their pouch they swallow their catch.

Their beaks can hold more water than their stomachs

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #brown pelican #florida #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/soaring Mon, 29 Nov 2021 16:44:28 GMT
"Mergie" Female https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/mergie-female "Mergie" Female"Mergie" Female

 

More formally known as a female Hooded Merganser, this small member of the merganser species is very adept at diving  and catching fish in open water lakes, ponds and wetlands.

The female Hooded Merganser is drabber in color.  She sports
a large crest in a rusty color compared to the males black and white hood. 

Hooded Mergansers can be found throughout most of the United States, and are the only member of the Merganser species with a range restricted
to North America. 

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #hooded mergansers #michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/mergie-female Mon, 29 Nov 2021 13:32:26 GMT
"Mergie" Male https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/mergie-male "Mergie" Male"Mergie" Male

 

More formally known as the Hooded Merganser or officially as the Lophodytes cucullatus.  It is the smallest of the merganser duck species.

The male male has delineated color patches. They have olive-brown sides,  a black back with white stripes and a white breast. Its head is black with bright yellow eyes and a huge crest that is white with a black border.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #ducks #hooded mergansers #michigan #nature photography #sony a1 #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/mergie-male Fri, 26 Nov 2021 12:20:20 GMT
Dinnertime https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/dinnertime DinnertimeDinnertime

 

Our wetland was trimmed down to the legal limit last week and the deer have become exposed.  This buck returns daily to feed on the cuttings, and I guess, whatever else it desires as it is the largest to come by on a daily basis.

Bucks and does remain separate from each other except during the mating
season. Bucks usually live alone or within small groups alongside other bucks. Here they usually are seen solo.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #buck #deer #nature photography #sony a1 #virginia deer #whitetail deer #wildlife photography 6 point buck https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/dinnertime Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:48:05 GMT
"Lefty" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/lefty "Lefty""Lefty"

 

This whitetail buck should have been a 6 pointer, but lost half its rack.  I have been walking the trails looking for the other half, but no success.

 

The whitetails have multiple significantly this year and while the does and the bucks remain apart it has not been unusual to have 8 or 10 visitors a day.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #buck #deer #nature photography #sony a1 #virginia #whitetail deer #wildlife photography buck" deer" horned one https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/lefty Tue, 23 Nov 2021 12:15:30 GMT
Falling Leaves https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/falling-leaves Falling LeavesFalling Leaves

 

And here we are again.  The wind has started, the rains are coming in and the leaves are falling down all around us.  Look closely and you can see them dropping.

Not looking forward to the weather patterns for the next several months.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #color change #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/falling-leaves Mon, 22 Nov 2021 12:40:27 GMT
Country Roads 3 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/country-roads-3 Country Roads 3Country Roads 3

 

Cresting this hill brought us another beautiful scene.  This time there was no traffic in either direction so I could spend in the middle of the road taking it all n.  Of course, I had to trust my wife to watch for traffic behind me, but I've been doing that for 50 years so I didn't think it was high risk.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #color change #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/country-roads-3 Sat, 20 Nov 2021 12:55:40 GMT
Country Roads 2 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/country-roads-2 Country Roads 2Country Roads 2

 

Another back road and another beautiful encounter with the world around us.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #color change #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/country-roads-2 Tue, 16 Nov 2021 22:01:38 GMT
Country Roads 1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/country-roads-1 Country Roads 1Country Roads 1

 

The beginning of our Sunday afternoon adventure exploring the local are to take in the beauty of the season surrounding us.  This was our first stop about 45 minutes from home.  We continued on for about another hour, but unfortunately got rerouted due to road repairs (which is continuous in Michigan) and could not get to our next planned stop.  Maybe next year.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #color change #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/country-roads-1 Fri, 12 Nov 2021 11:16:24 GMT
Fall Colors https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/fall-colors Fall ColorsFall Colors

 

When the sun breaks through the overhead branches the fall colors really glow.  Nature's pallet is amazing.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #color change #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/fall-colors Thu, 11 Nov 2021 14:34:48 GMT
Autumn in Michigan https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/autumn-in-michigan Autumn in MichiganAutumn in Michigan

 

Before the wind and the rain rolled in and pretty much stripped the trees, we had the opportunity to cruise around and take in the beauty surrounding us. Hope you enjoy it because we certainly did.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #color change #fall colors #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/autumn-in-michigan Wed, 10 Nov 2021 10:41:13 GMT
Start of Color https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/start-of-color Start of ColorStart of Color

 

This is where it begins.  I watch the colors begin to change at home, and then begin exploring the back roads and the local nature areas to try and catch peak color.  Always a rewarding experience.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #color change #fall colors #lake reflections #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #oakland county #sony a1 https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/start-of-color Tue, 09 Nov 2021 15:10:01 GMT
Eastern Bluebird https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/eastern-bluebird Eastern BluebirdEastern Bluebird

 

We had the good fortune to visit Pawleys Island South Carolina for a couple of months before we had to ruch home and sequester in light of the pandemic.  Fortunately our timing was right and we made the trip just before all the restaurants shut down along the route.

 

Hopefully we will be able to head that way again in the near future.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #nature photography #pawleys island #perching birds #songbirds #south carolina #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/eastern-bluebird Mon, 08 Nov 2021 14:05:05 GMT
Practice Landing https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/practice-landing Practice LandingPractice Landing

 

Lots of gulls in action.  This one stood out as it was doing "touch and go" landings like a pilot in training.

 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #berry lake #bird photography #gulls #michigan #nature photography #ring-billed gull #robert long nature park #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/practice-landing Fri, 05 Nov 2021 10:29:13 GMT
Clean Up Crew https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/clean-up-crew Clean Up CrewClean Up Crew

 

Always on the lookout for an easy meal, these birds feed on carrion and help keep our roads clean.  They always are on the lookout for roadkill.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #birds of prey #nature photography #nikon #sigma #southcarolina #vultures #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/clean-up-crew Wed, 03 Nov 2021 09:55:25 GMT
Lazy River https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/lazy-river Lazy RiverLazy River

 

Found a break between the rainstorms to get out surrounded by my favorite things in life - - my wife, my dog and my camera.  Could not ask for any more to make my day.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #berry lake #flowing water #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #robert long nature park #waterfall https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/lazy-river Tue, 02 Nov 2021 12:11:34 GMT
Fanned Out https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/fanned-out Fanned OutFanned Out

 

These birds are very nomadic and can be found throughout the US.  They are commonly found at feeders.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #finches #house finch #michigan #nature photography #nikon #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/11/fanned-out Mon, 01 Nov 2021 10:05:16 GMT
Eye of the Pumpkin https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/eye-of-the-pumpkin Eye of the PumpkinEye of the Pumpkin

 

Just one of many works of art created by my niece-in-law Jennifer who is amazingly creative.  Val & Jennifer's home is on display in Huntington Woods and if you like Halloween, you are going to absolutely love the decorations.

This weekend they are having a special showing to support  Ronald McDonald House of Detroit where Jennifer id the Executive Director.

Don't miss out.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #halloween #halloween decorations #halloween display #huntington woods #michigan https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/eye-of-the-pumpkin Sat, 30 Oct 2021 13:14:19 GMT
The Catch https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/the-catch The CatchThe Catch

 

After standing motionless - - that's the both of us -- for quite some time, this egret was rewarded with an unsuspecting fish swimming in shallow water near the shoreline.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #egret with fish #michigan #nature photography #sony #waterfowl #white egret #wildlife #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/the-catch Fri, 29 Oct 2021 10:23:12 GMT
Kite in Flight https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/kite-in-flight Kite in FlightKite in Flight

 

This raptor is fast and accurate when after its prey.  The best way to describe it is as swoop[ing down. talons extended with a quick grab and then flying away with some unlucky creature in its grasp.  fascinating to watch and lucky to capture.
 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # birds of prey #awendaw center for birds of prey #bird photography #nature photography #nikon #raptors #southcarolina" #wildlife #wildlife photography #yellow-billed kite https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/kite-in-flight Thu, 28 Oct 2021 14:44:39 GMT
Bashful https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/bashful BashfulBashful

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #berry lake #bird photography #gulls #michigan #nature photography #ring-billed gull #robert long nature park #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/bashful Wed, 27 Oct 2021 09:44:08 GMT
Eyes on You https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/eyes-on-you Eyes on YouEyes on You

 

This bird of prey has a very varied diet.  It will feed on just about any prey that is small enough to be captured and eaten.  It also will feed on road kill.

Finally, it has been known to swoop down and steal food right out of your hand.  That's a moment I would love to capture; especially the look on the face of the person when it happened.
 

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) # birds of prey #awendaw center for birds of prey #bird photography #nature photography #raptors #southcarolina #wildlife "#wildlife photography" "#yellow-billed kite" https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/eyes-on-you Tue, 26 Oct 2021 12:41:16 GMT
Stalking https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/stalking StalkingStalking

 

Standing motionless near the shoreline plants, this white egret was well camouflaged to await an unsuspecting creature for a meal.  For me, its stillness combined with the calm water provided an opportunity to capture a perfect reflection.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #fishing egret #florida #great white egret #nature photography #nikon #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/stalking Mon, 25 Oct 2021 10:41:28 GMT
Anhinga https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/anhinga AnhingaAnhinga

 

I heard a grunt and located this tropical waterbird found in Florida.  The Anhinga often is referred to as the snakebird.  It stabs its prey in the side with its long, sharp beak and then flips it into its waiting open mouth.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #nature photography #nikon #waterfowl.#snakebird #wildlife photography https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/anhinga Fri, 22 Oct 2021 12:50:17 GMT
Early Autumn https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/early-autumn Early AutumnEarly Autumn

 

The air has begun to get chilly early morning, the leaves have begun to display their colors and the birds are congregating.  Winter is right around the corner.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #autumn leaves #berry lak #fall colors #gulls #landscape photography #michigan #nature photography #nikon #waterfowl https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/early-autumn Thu, 21 Oct 2021 14:28:01 GMT
Caracara https://www.newmannaturephotography.com/blog/2021/10/caracara CaracaraCaracara

 

The Caracara looks like a hawk, is related to falcons and behaves more like a vulture.  It also is very capable of killing living prey and can be found running down their prey on their long legs.

 

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(Newman Nature Photography) #bird photography #birds of prey #crested caracara #florida #nature photography #raptors #wildlife #wildlife photography