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April 18, 2024 - After a rapid drop in temperature combined with gusty winds, the wind chill factors ranged from -15 to -20 degrees. Need...
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Open Wide

March 01, 2024 - After a successful catch, this brown pelican was working hard to get it through its gular pouch. Look closely and you...
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In the Snow

February 27, 2024 - While I have no love of snow and freezing temperatures, I must admit that it provides a great backdrop for some bird pho...
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Easy Pickin's

February 26, 2024 - Red-bellied woodpeckers are pretty common here in Southeast Michigan. They inhabit a variety of wooded areas including f...
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Back to the Feeder

February 16, 2024 - This Red-bellied Woodpecker has a diverse diet including insects, fruits and seeds. Here in southeast Michigan during th...
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Up and Away

February 14, 2024 - A seen here, the male cardinal is known for is vibrant red plumage which covers most of their body. Other prominent feat...
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Leap of Faith

February 12, 2024 - In spite of their name - - "Red-bellied Woodpecker" - - the red belly of it is rarely seen. They are more easily recogni...
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Elegance

February 11, 2024 - In the midst of winter's icy grip on our small inland lake, the usually serene lake becomes more of a competitive battle...
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Toward the Sun

February 09, 2024 - In the South some folklore beliefs include one that says if you see a cardinal flying toward the sun then good fortune i...
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Crested Songbird

February 07, 2024 - Cardinals are easily recognized mainly by their plumage and their crested heads. Their crests can be raised or lowered d...
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Good Luck

February 05, 2024 - Cardinals are often associated with various beliefs about good fortune and good luck. In North American folklore the car...
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Double Pleasure

February 02, 2024 - These two female Merganser ducks truly showed off their fishing skills with both ducks coming up with a fish. Their fea...
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Good Fishing

January 31, 2024 - Merganser ducks are very skilled divers. They dive underwater to search for food which consists primarily of fish and aq...
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Nomadic Nature

January 29, 2024 - Female Hooded Merganser Ducks are noted for their striking appearance with a distinctive elegant hood on their heads. M...
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Seeking Refuge

January 26, 2024 - As the temperatures went downhill faster than a downhill racer on an icy slope, the skim ice quickly spread and thickene...
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Slippin' & Slidin'

January 25, 2024 - Right in the middle of January the temperatures dropped quickly and radically which combined with gusty winds resulted i...
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Frozen

January 24, 2024 - In contrast to the background of the frozen expanse, the swans and the geese appear almost ethereal with their plumage c...
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Pen and Cob

January 22, 2024 - During the migratory period when all the ducks show up, the swans seem to accept the temporary intrusion on "their" lake...
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Pen & Cob Juveniles

January 19, 2024 - Swans really are captivating. When they first hatch they are not the pristine white color we normally associate with the...
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The Hen

January 17, 2024 - In comparison to the easily recognizable "green headed" male mallard, the female has a more mottled brown appearance. Sh...
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Aix Sponsa

January 15, 2024 - Wood Ducks are known for their vibrant plumage and somewhat unique behavior. One of the most striking features of the wo...
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Dipping

January 12, 2024 - The ducks' migration has begun in earnest. It is a well-orchestrated feat ingrained in the ducks' instincts. Michigan i...
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Refelections

January 10, 2024 - As you stroll along the winding paths within Cranbrook Gardens you gain a sense of peace and tranquility. In the springt...
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Mergus Merganser

January 08, 2024 - The adult female common merganser is recognizable by her chestnut head which are clearly demarcated from her gray feathe...
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Ring-Necked

January 05, 2024 - 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!...
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Juvenile Cob

January 03, 2024 - In case you could not find the difference between the male and female mute swans in yesterday's post, here is a prominen...
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Drying Off

January 01, 2024 - Mallards really are fascinating ducks. The male mallard seen here is called a drake. The males have more vibrant colors...
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The Migration

December 27, 2023 - As fall descends on Southeast Michigan, the skies come alive with the calls of ducks embarking on their annual migration...
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Treasure Hunt

December 21, 2023 - Somehow the squirrels seem to know when Schatzi our rescue dog is sleeping. If she is awake and sees a squirrel she sta...
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The Couple

December 20, 2023 - As part of this year's annual migration a higher than normal number of merganser ducks joined the other breeds visiting...
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Standing Alone

December 18, 2023 - In addition to the rich biodiversity of flowers, trees and wildlife found in Cranbrook Gardens the gardens house a multi...
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Few of Many

December 15, 2023 - In between t the clouds and the snow showers, the sun broke out briefly and various groups of mallards were actively fee...
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Japanese Red Bridge

December 13, 2023 - No matter whether you visit the Japanese Garden in the soft glow of the early morning light, at midday or beneath the sh...
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In the Distance

December 11, 2023 - Cranbrook Gardens located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan is a stunning botanical garden with rich natural and architectur...
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Gently Flowing

December 08, 2023 - Another picturesque and tranquil spot within Cranbrook Gardens where you can find peace and tranquility as you escape fr...
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The Guzei

December 06, 2023 - When I wander across the "Guzei" (Japanese Red Bridge") I get a sense of stepping into a tranquil realm where time slows...
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Tranquility

December 05, 2023 - This traditional Japanese Red Bridge stands out as a captivating focal point within the scenic beauty of Cranbrook Garde...
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Up and Away

December 04, 2023 - Here are a few facts about owls that you may not know. They have a very unique neck structure which enables them to rot...
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Whooo Are You?

December 01, 2023 - Central Florida is a haven for wildlife photographers like me. Being able to find and photograph barred owls was a real...
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The Streets Are Alive

November 29, 2023 - In addition to weather supporting plusher growth for the wildlife to feed upon, this is the year during the oak tree cyc...
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Ready to Fly

November 27, 2023 - Once the fall colors have peaked, my attention turns to what else nature has to offer while I am hiking the trails or me...
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Past the Peak

November 24, 2023 - Just because peak color is over for the season and most leaves already have fallen doesn't mean the camera gear has to b...
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At Peace

November 22, 2023 - The iconic Japanese Red Bridge with its vibrant crimson hue can be found within the scenic beauty of Cranbrook Gardens i...
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Almost Hidden

November 20, 2023 - The temperatures have dropped 10-15 degrees below normal during the past couple of weeks. Prior to that, we experienced...
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In Contrast

November 17, 2023 - Meandering around in the wooded area surrounding our home, I was able to enjoy the autumn transformation highlights offe...
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Lonely Maple

November 15, 2023 - Here we are at my special place where I go to reconnect with nature. It is where I find peace and tranquility. A touch o...
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Break in the Storm

November 14, 2023 - As you can see, the rain stopped, the clouds parted and the sun lit up some of the trees along the shoreline revealing n...
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Before the Storm

November 13, 2023 - Fall's peak colors is a favorite time of year for photographers like me. It truly is a magical time of year when the lea...
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Lazy River

November 10, 2023 - 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....
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Afternoon Delight

November 09, 2023 - The crisp air, the earthy scent of fallen leaves and the way the sun filters through the foliage casts a warm golden glo...
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Peaking Colors

November 08, 2023 - I am out with the camera exploring nature every chance I get. Where I think spring symbolizes new beginnings and always...
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Colors Galore

November 07, 2023 - Isn't it something when fall season comes around and the world seems to get painted in a brand new pallet. Walking throu...
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Ray of Light

November 06, 2023 - While on an early morning hike in the woods the sudden break in the clouds casting down on this colorful tree a ways dow...
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Into the Mix

November 04, 2023 - We travel the backgrounds looking for the beauty that surrounds us in the landscape during the late fall season. Each tw...
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All Ablaze

November 03, 2023 - The colors were peaking in Southeast Michigan this past week and the weather decided to cooperate. This is one of the co...
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In the Distance

November 02, 2023 - 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...
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Home Sweet Home

November 01, 2023 - Returned to the dock later in the afternoon to enjoy the impact of nature just before sunset. Once again the timing was...
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Docked

October 31, 2023 - Heading down the hill to the lake behind our home. The floating dock looked inviting so I decided to follow it down and...
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Gateway to ?

October 30, 2023 - I always am surprised by what I encounter while hiking trails that I never have explored before. I never did figure out...
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Colorful and Barren

October 29, 2023 - In photography, timing is a key factor in almost every situation. It certainly is key when photographing wildlife and pe...
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Tricky Passage

October 27, 2023 - 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...
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Covered Bridge

October 27, 2023 - Once again out exploring while there was a break in the weather. Conditions were changing fairly quickly, but I was fort...
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Off to Explore

October 26, 2023 - Following a new path into the wooded area behind the city offices near home. After heading down the slope (sledding hil...
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Down the Road

October 26, 2023 - From day to day, the weather has been changing quickly for the past few weeks. While I have been out attempting to captu...
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In the Distance

October 25, 2023 - A totally different view on the same outing by following a different fork in the road. Here you can appreciate the woode...
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Late Light

October 24, 2023 - Sometimes the rain stops, the clouds part and the light shines down upon a small area in perfect position to highlight t...
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In the Spotlight

October 24, 2023 - In addition to losing their chlorophyll, trees also produce other pigments in response to the changing season. Anthocyan...
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Leading the Way

October 23, 2023 - 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...
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Nature's Pallette

October 23, 2023 - Here it is on display. The magic of autumn! This is the time when Mother Nature decided to put on a vibrant show. Now i...
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Up in a Flash

October 20, 2023 - Once again in the area west of the entrance to Glacier National Park, we encountered a mountain lion which quickly left...
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Young Buck

October 16, 2023 - We are seeing more deer this year than any other time during our 8+ years here. In addition to their proliferation, they...
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Easy Pickin's

October 13, 2023 - Another successful and easy catch from the bait thrown away by the fisherman at the nearby fishing dock. While typical r...
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Stalking

October 09, 2023 - I visited these flats on Huntington Beach on Pawleys Island several times a week to observe a great variety of waterfowl...
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Wading Blue

October 05, 2023 - Arriving from the other side of the flats, this great blue heron started wading around the edge of the flats looking for...
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Territorial

October 04, 2023 - Even though the flats here at Huntington Beach cover a large area, and even though many species fish in close proximity...
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Success

October 02, 2023 - With the incoming tide, fishing the flats presented a bit more of a challenge today. Nevertheless with more water depth,...
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The Grab

September 29, 2023 - Returning to the dock after successfully photographing eagles for a few hours, we encountered several juvenile eagles pi...
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On Time Arrival

September 27, 2023 - It was near full moon and the tides were strong so at low tide this morning the conditions were right for great fishing...
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Submarining

September 25, 2023 - I have seen many brown pelicans dive from various heights to scoop fish from the ocean. This was the first time I watche...
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Harmony

September 22, 2023 - What could be better. A butterfly and a honey bee sharing the same blossom on our butterfly bush to feed and to pollinat...
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Hard to Swallow

September 20, 2023 - In between tides at the flats this morning made for deeper water. Among the normal mix of herons and egrets, the pelican...
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Bee for Me

September 18, 2023 - The feeding activity for the birds, especially the hummingbirds, has increased significantly over the past couple of wee...
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Fishing Partners

September 15, 2023 - Apparently this pair of snowy egrets decided to work together to cast a bigger shadow on the water in the hope of attrac...
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Skimming Fisherman

September 13, 2023 - This white heron came in quickly to join all the other wading birds enjoying breakfast in the flats. The extremely low t...
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In the Mix

September 12, 2023 - Here's a familiar backyard bird that usually is attracted to see feeders. In fact, it usually is the first bird to disco...
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Ready to Fish

September 11, 2023 - This osprey seemed to appear out of nowhere and alighted upon a branch at the end of the lake. Given its exceptional eye...
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New Nectar

September 08, 2023 - Until this week the coleus has not blossomed, but as soon as it did, the bees and the hummingbirds were soon there extra...
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Priming the Tongue

September 06, 2023 - While hummingbirds have proportionately long beaks, it is their tongue that is used to extract nectar from the flowers o...
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Checking the Plant Selection

September 05, 2023 - It has become apparent that colder weather will be arriving soon. The hummingbird feeding activity has increased both in...
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Amazing Migration

September 01, 2023 - Monarch butterflies are the only ones to complete a two way migration as do some birds. While Monarchs normally fly at a...
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Butterfly Bush

August 30, 2023 - From this perspective you can get a sense of how large the wingspan of this male eastern tiger swallowtail is. The femal...
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Profiled Swallowtail

August 28, 2023 - The eastern tiger swallowtail is very common throughout the eastern US. It is large with a wingspan of 3-6 inches and br...
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Papilio Glaucus

August 25, 2023 - The swallowtail butterfly are the second most easily recognized butterfly in the US. It is only second to that regal mon...
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The Monarch

August 23, 2023 - Several weeks ago the milkweed began to bloom in the wetland area behind our home. Shortly afterwards, first one monarch...
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The Getaway

August 18, 2023 - For the second time this week, the doe and her two fawns showed up in the wetland behind our home. This time as they app...
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The Great Pollinator

August 16, 2023 - Honey bees are very important pollinators for flowers and fruit and vegetables making them "Super Pollinators". They tra...
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Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)

August 14, 2023 - A year round Michigan resident. Even though its name implies that it is purple in coloring actuality it is reddish. The...
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Newborn

August 09, 2023 - For the second time since returning back here in mid-April, the deer herd has expanded. Just within the past few days, a...
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Catching the Light

August 07, 2023 - While I am not a big fan of photographing birds on feeders, I couldn't resist sharing this capture as the light was just...
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Busy Bee

August 04, 2023 - Worker bees cannot carry very much pollen from that many flowers at any one time. As a result, a worker bee will visit b...
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All Natural

August 02, 2023 - 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 ba...
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The Host

July 31, 2023 - When we smell and taste we are actually sensing chemicals in our environment. To accomplish this task, we have chemorece...
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Monarch or Viceroy (?)

July 28, 2023 - A few facts about the monarch butterfly like the female shown in this photo. The main difference between the female & m...
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Fishermans Delight

July 27, 2023 - The wind direction and the incoming tide made for great fishing action this morning as evidenced by the number of fisher...
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Our Friend

July 26, 2023 - While many insects are bothersome, and some even disgust us because they bite us, the blue dasher dragonfly always is we...
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The Great Debate

July 24, 2023 - 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 f...
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Refueling Stop

July 21, 2023 - With it's back toward the finches and orioles debating over the grape jelly, this hummingbird kept coming and going undi...
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Not Here

July 19, 2023 - Recently, the finches have discovered the grape jelly enjoyed by the Baltimore orioles every day. When it began, only 1...
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On the Edge

July 17, 2023 - Standing above the rocks watching the ebb and flow of the tide while relaxing was a great way to start the day. After a...
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Dining Together.

July 14, 2023 - Just before the thunderstorms began, the orioles worked hard to empty the feeder of all the grape jelly that was put out...
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Fast Approach

July 05, 2023 - This ruby throated hummingbird suddenly appeared as it came up from below the deck railing. Without hesitation it procee...
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Cautious Approach

July 03, 2023 - Before heading down to feed, this ruby throated hummingbird took the cautious approach and surveyed the area around the...
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Outward Bound

June 30, 2023 - Taking advantage of a rare occasion - - free time == took off with a friend to head up the Indian River and explore the...
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Breakers

June 28, 2023 - With gusting winds and a strong incoming tide, the air was full of ocean spray. Another great way to wake up - - fresh s...
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Tranquility

June 21, 2023 - Sitting on the deck with my 2nd espresso watching the sun come up on a clear, cool morning. It is very quiet and peacefu...
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Patriotic Perch

June 12, 2023 - This osprey found the ideal perch, where the inlet broadened into a small harbor, to search for its next meal. I was for...
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White

June 05, 2023 - 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...
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Deadliest Catch

May 19, 2023 - Great eyesight, phenomenal speed and sharp talons with an opposable one like our thumb, make for a very high catch rate.
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Breakfast Awaits

May 17, 2023 - Out on Silver Springs River in Florida on a trip successfully photographing Macaque Monkeys. Eventually we drifted aroun...
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Up, Up and Away

May 15, 2023 - Always exciting to watch an osprey focus on a target (who knows how far away) with their laser-like vision and take off...
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Hawkeye

May 12, 2023 - Slowly drifting down the Silver River when we had a chance encounter with a red-shouldered hawk. Surprisingly it perched...
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Woody

May 10, 2023 - 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 Si...
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True Blue

May 08, 2023 - After the sun came up, the wading birds, including this blue heron, came out to begin the day. This heron was out lookin...
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Young & Old

May 01, 2023 - Once again while drifting along the banks of the Silver Springs River, I encountered a juvenile ibis alongside an adult.
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Possible Target

April 30, 2023 - Ospreys are seen fairly often circling the beaches, especially near the inlets here in southeast Florida. They are excel...
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Waning Moon

March 18, 2023 - Just 3 days before the next full moon appears over the Indian River in Florida. This waning, or decrescent moon was visi...
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Turning the Catch

March 15, 2023 - 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...
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Great Catch

February 27, 2023 - I have watched this osprey come and go for several weeks now, always circling the small harbor off the Indian River. Mos...
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Going Fishing

February 08, 2023 - Raptors of many kinds abound in Florida near inland lakes and waterways as well as along the coastal areas. Ospreys are...
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"Woody"

February 06, 2023 - Pileated woodpeckers can be found throughout mainland Florida, Anyone who has seen a "Woody Woodpecker" cartoon will rec...
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Circling Offshore

February 03, 2023 - This "great fisherman", the osprey was circling just offshore looking for its next meal. I watched it fly in ever wideni...
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Dabbler

January 30, 2023 - While the female makes a familiar "quacking sound" this male mallard mostly is quiet except when fighting. The male is...
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Colorful

January 27, 2023 - The wood duck is Florida's most colorful duck. It migrates down from the northern US and Canada. It is a "dabbling duck...
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Wolf Moon - 2

January 08, 2023 - While more commonly known as the Wolf Moon, this month's moon also is known as a micromoon as it is at its farthest poin...
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Wolf Moon - 1

January 07, 2023 - The full moon on January 6th is thought of/named the Wolf Moon because are frequently heard howling at this time of year...
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Up Close

September 26, 2022 - The sunflower symbolizes positivity. Although I only have seen yellow sunflowers, they come in a wide array of colors. R...
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Going Fishing

September 19, 2022 - This male Belted Kingfisher has taken to perching in a dead tree outside my office window late afternoon while looking f...
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PeWee

September 16, 2022 - This Eastern woo-pewee Flycatcher is a newcomer to our yard. During the autumn they migrate to Central and South America...
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