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Our National Symbol

November 25, 2022 - Once the sun came out and the fog lifted, things got back to normal. The eagles went on alert and began searching for br...
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Looking for Breakfast

November 23, 2022 - After several hours of being fogged in, it began to clear up. The eagles also perked up and I knew sooner or later they...
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I Can See Again

November 21, 2022 - 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

November 18, 2022 - An interesting morning on Lake Lochloosa in Florida where the fog was so dense even with their great eyesight, the eagle...
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Home Security

November 14, 2022 - With its large eyes enabling it to see a wide angle and long distances, the osprey likes to perch high above the water t...
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Returning Home

October 19, 2022 - Ospreys, also know as fish hawks, will nest in any location where there is water which provides it with an adequate supp...
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Returning from the Hunt

October 17, 2022 - While the osprey is a very effective fisherman, sometimes referred to as the "perfect" fishing machine, there are occasi...
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The Greatest Fisherman

October 14, 2022 - The osprey has a lot of genetic adaptations which make it what could be referred to as the "perfect fishing machine". T...
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Circling the Lake

October 12, 2022 - With a wingspread of about 6 feet, high flight speeds especially when diving and keen eyesight, ospreys are very effecti...
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From A Distance

October 03, 2022 - Late afternoon while sitting on the deck photographing hummingbirds, I saw a small, almost speck, high in the sky beyond...
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Who's Watching

September 30, 2022 - In the kitchen one afternoon when this red tailed hawk landed on the neighbors tree. I'm guessing it was a scouting perc...
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Awaiting Its Mate

September 28, 2022 - This female red-bellied woodpecker stayed in place waiting for its mate to return with more sunflower seeds from the fee...
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Fueling

September 23, 2022 - Another sip of the bee balm nectar which has been the apparent favorite for multiple hummingbirds during the past week....
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Migration Preparation

September 21, 2022 - This past week we saw 2 ruby throated hummingbirds zipping back and forth among the feeders, the fuchsia plants and the...
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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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Itching

September 14, 2022 - This hummingbird stopped to perch on a branch to take time to scratch an itch. I had seen tiny bug nearby that must hav...
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Refreshed

September 12, 2022 - Hummingbirds are not very social. Like most other birds in migration, hummingbirds do not fly in flocks. They fly indivi...
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Speed & Stamina

September 09, 2022 - Even though they are small, the hummingbird migration is long distance, spanning hundreds and even thousands of miles. T...
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Hokey Pokey

September 06, 2022 - Not really a hummingbird dance, but it was interesting to watch the preening process and be able to capture the finite d...
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W Shape

September 02, 2022 - The hummingbird's tongue is shaped like a "W". It's flat, but splits at the very end. The hummingbird also has a long b...
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Preening

August 29, 2022 - Hummingbirds are unique in many aspects. They are the only birds that can fly in different directions as well as hover i...
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Collecting Nectar

August 26, 2022 - The hummingbird's metabolism is very fast. Not that elephants can fly, but the hummingbird's metabolism is 100 times fas...
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Small & Speedy

August 24, 2022 - Hummingbirds were scarce for several weeks this summer, but during the past 2 weeks, they have appeared more frequently.
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Wind Beneath My Wings

August 17, 2022 - Soaring over the lake, this young eagle fully spread its wings to take advantage of the air currents and conserve energy...
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Sharing

August 01, 2022 - I watched this male red-bellied woodpecker execute many round trips o the bird feeder to gather sunflower seeds so it co...
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Male & Female

July 29, 2022 - At first glance, the male red-bellied woodpecker is often mistaken to be a red headed woodpecker because of its red crow...
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Flight Formation

July 27, 2022 - Heading north after a day of fishing the inlets, the power plant and the fishing docks around the Ft Pierce area and Hut...
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Lift Off

July 25, 2022 - Don't let their size fool you. Hummingbirds have stamina and fly very fast. In fact, they have been clocked at 30mph whe...
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Reenergizing

July 22, 2022 - For those who have fed hummingbirds over the years it becomes apparent pretty quickly that the hummingbirds are pretty p...
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Soft Landing

July 20, 2022 - Hummingbirds have a very fast metabolism, far faster than yours and mine and about 100 times faster than that of an elep...
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The Approach

July 18, 2022 - 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....
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Gaping

July 15, 2022 - Baltimore orioles will feast on fruit and berries like oranges, grapes, and raspberries, much to the chagrin of farmers.
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Up, Up and Away

July 13, 2022 - When in adulthood Baltimore orioles on average achieve a length of about 8 inches - - smaller than a robin by about 2 in...
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Sweet Tooth

July 12, 2022 - The Baltimore oriole's favorite food is insects. They also have a sweet tooth so if you want to attract them in your bac...
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Leap of Faith

July 11, 2022 - Adult male Baltimore orioles show brighter colors than their female counterparts. The juvenile males grow their full plu...
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Look Out Below

July 08, 2022 - Surprisingly, Baltimore Orioles, like this female, really are not members of the oriole family. They really are in the b...
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The Crane Family

June 16, 2022 - These sandhill cranes can be found in freshwater marshes, pastures and open woods throughout Florida. People who feed th...
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Easy Meal

June 15, 2022 - This juvenile eagle decided picking up a floating shrimp was an easy meal - - maybe appetizer -- as it searched for food...
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Target in Reach

June 13, 2022 - Having just left its nest, this adult American Eagle headed straight for the lake in search of breakfast. With its talon...
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Red Bellied Woodpecker

June 10, 2022 - Taking a hike around Jack Island when I encountered a bird I often photograph at home. All you have to do is listen for...
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Taking a Break

June 08, 2022 - Cleaning up on the beach after finishing off their morning catch. Smart enough to avoid catching a wave like some people...
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Going Fishing

June 06, 2022 - This adult American Eagle had been resting in the nest with it's mate when it decided it was time for breakfast and quic...
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Grab & Go

June 03, 2022 - After coming in quickly from above, this juvenile American eagle grabbed a piece of floating fish from the surface of La...
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Female Painted Bunting - 2

June 01, 2022 - 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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Returning to the Nest

May 31, 2022 - It started out as what appeared to be a quiet morning on Blue Cypress Lake, but when the ospreys started to take flight...
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Energy Drink

May 27, 2022 - Even though the weather has not been cooperative this spring with frequent below normal temperatures along with lots of...
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Be Warned

May 25, 2022 - This osprey was perched atop its large nest. As we drifted closer to get a better perspective of it from below, we got a...
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Ready to Depart

May 24, 2022 - Perched on top of its nest, as we quietly drifted closer, we did not escape its excellent vision, but managed a quick sh...
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Crested Cormorants

May 20, 2022 - This pair of Crested Cormorants had just finished drying their wings and were getting ready to take flight. You can tell...
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Watchful Eyes

May 18, 2022 - Always on alert, these ospreys are either guarding the young or using their excellent vision to search for unsuspecting...
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Catching the Light

May 16, 2022 - 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 angl...
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All Aglow

May 13, 2022 - This male mallard took advantage of some brief sunshine to capture the light and show off his beautiful colors.
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Laser Focus

May 11, 2022 - Osprey vision is one of their attributes that make them such excellent fishermen. While their eyes are about the same si...
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Perching Duck

May 09, 2022 - Wood ducks often are referred to as "Carolina Ducks". They nest in trees typically in hollowed out nests of squirrels,...
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The "Look"

May 06, 2022 - When you become the subject of the laser focused stare of a raptor, you have to think about what it is like to be target...
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Breeding Season

May 05, 2022 - In terms of weather, April has been more like March with gray skies, snowy days, lots of wind and freezing temps at nigh...
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Splish Splash

May 04, 2022 - One day recently a flock of Ring-necked ducks suddenly appeared at the far end of our lake. They all were in breeding pl...
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Meleagris gallopavo

May 03, 2022 - This wild turkey is a bird native to the US. It is considered a proud bird that has strong protective instincts. In face...
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Profiled

May 02, 2022 - We had an interesting morning exploring new areas around the ranches west of Vero Beach on an ATV. Not only did we encou...
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On the Approach

April 27, 2022 - There were several juvenile eagles circling and diving for an easy meal of pieces of fish and discarded bait thrown into...
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Perfect Touchdown

April 25, 2022 - While I've seen many cormorants perched while drying their wings and also in flight, this is the first time I was able t...
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Male Painted Bunting

April 22, 2022 - Like many of the human type "snowbirds" the buntings can be found throughout half of Florida during the months of Septem...
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Female Painted Bunting

April 21, 2022 - While the female painted bunting is not as colorful as her male counterpart, she still displays beautiful shade of green...
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Successful Fishing Excursion

April 20, 2022 - An adult bald eagle after successfully picking up a piece of fish floating on the surface. At this location, fishermen c...
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Easy Pickings

April 19, 2022 - This particular day on Lake Lochloosa was very calm with no breeze and very little movement on th water. As a result the...
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Fishing Juvenile

April 18, 2022 - 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...
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Immature Eagle

April 15, 2022 - The bald eagle most likely is the most recognizable North American bird. You probably would easily recognize an adult b...
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Leaving the Nest

April 14, 2022 - 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 t...
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Adult Eagles

April 13, 2022 - As with most birds of prey the female is the larger bird which is the same for the North American bald eagle. The female...
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In Your Face

April 12, 2022 - Barred owls can be primarily in the eastern US and southern part of Canada. More recently they have expanded their terri...
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Here I Come

April 11, 2022 - These barred owls are carnivores feeding on small mammals like, mice, squirrels, rabbits, frogs and snakes. They also pr...
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Refueling Stop

April 08, 2022 - I watched this female painted bunting fly from tree to tree coming closer in each time to ensure the area was safe befor...
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Hawk Relative

April 07, 2022 - The ospreys' diet is mainly comprised of fish. They catch their prey by swooping down from the sky. I think of them as t...
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In Balance

March 25, 2022 - Before heading out to explore an area surrounding some ranches west of Vero Beach, I was fortunate to be able to photogr...
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Successful Fisherman

March 24, 2022 - About 99% of the osprey's diet is fish. In addition to having a reversible outer toe enabling them to hang on to slipper...
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Foraging for Seeds

March 23, 2022 - This male cardinal was taking the lazy approach to feeding. It stayed on the ground below the feeder and let the other b...
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Leading the Way

March 22, 2022 - Heading south early in the morning looking for fish as they work their way toward the usual daytime feeding area. They w...
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Home Again

March 18, 2022 - The length of an osprey approximates 2 feet.Their wingspan typically is 4 to 5 feet. Females normally are larger than th...
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Settling In

March 18, 2022 - Although they were not in great numbers yet, the roseate spoonbills that were in the rookery were active enough to captu...
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Little Blue Heron

March 17, 2022 - Perched high in a tree scouting the mudflats for fish in the shallow water. This heron can be found year round in Florid...
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Patiently Waiting

March 16, 2022 - Frequently found on the Florid beaches between August and May. These Ruddy Turnstones were carefully watching for the ti...
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Full Speed

March 14, 2022 - Ospreys live on very continent except Antartica. They live in all 50 states. Today I was photographing them at Blue Cypr...
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Familiar Territory

March 10, 2022 - Ospreys tend to use their nests not only for years, but for generations. As they nest in colonies, Blue Cypress Lake in...
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White Ibis

March 08, 2022 - One of three ibises that flew along a canal, periodically perching in the trees as we maneuvered along a dirt road in an...
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Nest Building

March 04, 2022 - In addition to bringing materials to enhance the nest, it looks like there was some food delivery taking place. Given th...
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Returning from Fishing

March 03, 2022 - It was mid morning and the early morning activity had slowed down. Many of the ospreys we saw had settled back into thei...
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Searching

March 02, 2022 - 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 a...
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Returning to the Rookery

March 01, 2022 - Mid February and the roseate spoonbills are just arriving to begin mating and nest building. Only a few were clearly vis...
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Can't Fool Me

February 28, 2022 - Sometimes the best plans to deter wildlife end up being a great place to stop, rest and maybe even take time to air dry...
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Ceryle Alycon

February 25, 2022 - This belted kingfisher was facing into the wind ready to dive down and seize a small fish from the canal below. Its cres...
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Returning from Fishing

February 24, 2022 - This gull was looking for a safe place to land after another successful fishing trip while the sandpipers below continue...
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Glossy Ibis

February 23, 2022 - Another Florida resident, most commonly found in central and south Florida in coastal and freshwater marshes and ponds.
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Showing Off

February 22, 2022 - Another Florida resident commonly seen circling above the roadways looking for carrion and road kill. With a 6 foot wing...
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Ibis Family Member

February 21, 2022 - A Forida resident that normally breeds from down in the everglades as far north as Tampa Bay on the west coast and Merri...
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Finished Feeding

February 15, 2022 - These brown pelicans often can be found as part of a colony nesting in trees. This is where they also rest when not fly...
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Florida Resident

February 14, 2022 - This Plegadis falcinellus, otherwise known as a glossy ibis, is about 2 feet in length. In winter the adult wings and bo...
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Whistling Skein

February 11, 2022 - These boisterous black bellied whistling ducks were calm floating on a small pond and suddenly burst up overhead. It was...
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Dressed in Pink

February 10, 2022 - This roseate spoonbill is a member of the Ibis Family. It is resident in Florida where it lives in the coastal flats, la...
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The Raft

February 09, 2022 - This flock, or "raft" of black-bellied whistling ducks was very boisterous.It often is referred to as part duck and part...
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Grus Canadensis

February 08, 2022 - A sandhill crane looking for a meal - - mainly seeds and tubers - - located in a wetland area west of Vero Beach.
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Like a Rainbow

February 04, 2022 - Although I do not particularly like bird photos with man made devices in them, i thought this capture really showed off...
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Great Expectations

February 02, 2022 - Given the action of the water coming out of this pipe, it appears as though this Great Blue Heron expected its dinner to...
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Color in Motion

January 28, 2022 - With a hawk perched nearby and several grackles and blackbirds flying around, the painted buntings were very careful aro...
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Mimus polyglots

January 27, 2022 - As soon as the red tail hawk departed this courageous mockingbird to up the high perch to see who it might target to cha...
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Birds of Prey

January 26, 2022 - Circling while seeking its prey. Once found, the osprey dives quickly, talons extended and rarely misses.
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All Lit Up

January 24, 2022 - The light was very bright with a perfectly clear sky, so the male painted bunting's colors really showed off.
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Hunting

January 21, 2022 - This red tailed hawk took the highest perch available in readiness to strike an unsuspecting feeding bird or rodent. In...
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Water Landing

January 20, 2022 - Softly touching down to join the other white pelicans feeding nearby on the intracoastal waterway.
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Northern Cardinal

January 19, 2022 - I see these beautiful birds pretty much wherever I travel in the US, but the setting was a bit different so I couldn't r...
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Florida Resident

January 17, 2022 - Lots of these black skimmers were resting on the beach along with a multitude of other gulls and terns. One big happy fa...
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Sandpiper Family

January 03, 2022 - Off by itself, this Ruddy Turnstone inhabits the beaches of Florida.
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Great Egret

December 30, 2021 - This egret was patiently awaiting the ebb and flow of the tide to bring its potential meal to it. Apparently it was savi...
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Juvenile

December 28, 2021 - This little egret can be identified as a juvenile due to its yellow legs which will become all black (like the front par...
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Ready to Strike

December 27, 2021 - This great egret was patiently awaiting an unsuspecting fish to come a bit closer before enjoying its next meal. A perfe...
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Flight Formation

December 23, 2021 - These black skimmerss were part of a flock of mixed shorebirds that I encountered on a quiet beach protected by a rock b...
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Arenaria interpres

December 22, 2021 - My first encounter with a Ruddy Turnstone. This bird inhabits beaches and mudflats, so I was surprised I never had encou...
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Landing

December 21, 2021 - Incoming brown pelican as it landed. The wingspread is what caught my attention.
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Egret in Flight

December 20, 2021 - I was relaxing watching egrets fish along the rocky shoreline along the Fort Pierce inlet. Theyir wingspread of about 4...
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Touch Down

December 17, 2021 - I always have found Florida's brown pelicans interesting as they circle and dive for their meals. Their flying formation...
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Scattering

December 16, 2021 - As I was settling into position and slowly approaching this group of shorebirds, including laughing gulls, black skimmer...
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Birdmania

December 15, 2021 - There were so many shorebirds coming and going, I was beginning to wonder if Alfred Hitchcock's spirit was present. It f...
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Preening

December 08, 2021 - The Little Blue Heron is probably a close relative of the Snowy Egret. Like the Snowy Egret, it is all white when it is...
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Feet First

December 07, 2021 - When flying, the white pelicans soar on their wide black-tipped white wings. A flock of these pelicans when migrating is...
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Landing Approach

December 06, 2021 - The American white pelican is one of the largest of North American birds with a wingspan of about 9 feet. Their overall...
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"Ebony and Ivory"

December 03, 2021 - White pelicans feed differently than brown pelicans. The brown pelicans dive on the fish. The white pelicans float on th...
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White Pelican

December 02, 2021 - The brown pelican is found year-round in Florida. Adult white pelicans are winter visitors to the state. During the summ...
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The Gathering

December 01, 2021 - There are several names for groups of pelicans. These include squadrons, pods, scoops and briefs. For me, after watchin...
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Balancing Act

November 30, 2021 - The Little Blue Heron is a stand-and-wait predator as opposed to being a predator that dashes around looking for its pre...
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Soaring

November 29, 2021 - Of the 8 species of Pelicans, only the Brown Pelican lives primarily on coastal shores and is one of only two of the spe...
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"Mergie" Female

November 29, 2021 - More formally known as a female Hooded Merganser, this small member of the merganser species is very adept at diving and...
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"Mergie" Male

November 26, 2021 - More formally known as the Hooded Merganser or officially as the Lophodytes cucullatus. It is the smallest of the mergan...
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Eastern Bluebird

November 08, 2021 - We had the good fortune to visit Pawleys Island South Carolina for a couple of months before we had to ruch home and seq...
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Practice Landing

November 05, 2021 - 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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Clean Up Crew

November 03, 2021 - Always on the lookout for an easy meal, these birds feed on carrion and help keep our roads clean. They always are on th...
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Fanned Out

November 01, 2021 - These birds are very nomadic and can be found throughout the US. They are commonly found at feeders.
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The Catch

October 29, 2021 - After standing motionless - - that's the both of us -- for quite some time, this egret was rewarded with an unsuspecting...
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Kite in Flight

October 28, 2021 - This raptor is fast and accurate when after its prey. The best way to describe it is as swoop[ing down. talons extended...
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Bashful

October 27, 2021 -
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Eyes on You

October 26, 2021 - 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 ea...
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Stalking

October 25, 2021 - Standing motionless near the shoreline plants, this white egret was well camouflaged to await an unsuspecting creature f...
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Anhinga

October 22, 2021 - I heard a grunt and located this tropical waterbird found in Florida. The Anhinga often is referred to as the snakebird.
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Caracara

October 20, 2021 - The Caracara looks like a hawk, is related to falcons and behaves more like a vulture. It also is very capable of killin...
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Great Blue

October 19, 2021 - The Great Blue Heron is the largest and most widespread heron in North America. It is a big bird, with a slate-gray bod...
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Whistling Duck

October 18, 2021 - This Black Bellied Whistling Duck can be recognized by its brilliant pink bill and an unusual, long-legged silhouette....
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Cautious Predator

October 05, 2021 - Checking the area for possible prey or just checking around to ensure that there are no intruders close by. Either way,...
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High Lookout

September 30, 2021 - It's lunchtime. Perched and watching for movement below.
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Feeding Pelicans

September 23, 2021 - The baitfish pods were riding the waves and the pelicans were cruising the tops of the waves and feasting on the bait po...
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Searching

September 22, 2021 - Flying in circles lower and lower until the baitfish are sighted and then the diving begins.
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Hit the Brakes

September 17, 2021 - As we enter the fall season and the temperatures cool down, the competition for nectar and the sugar/water at the bird f...
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Patient Fisherman

September 16, 2021 - First time I ever have seen a Green Heron visit behind our home. Although a juvenile, its instincts were obviously fine...
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Ouch

September 14, 2021 - Looks like the yellow jacket may have stung the hummingbird as the hummingbird appears to be jumping off the feeder and...
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The Bird & the Bee

September 13, 2021 - The yellow jackets have now discovered the sugar water in the hummingbird feeder and seem to be bothering every hummingb...
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Wary Approach

September 10, 2021 - The hummingbirds had occasionally stopped by the oriole feeder and sampled the grape jelly before moving on to their own...
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The Great Pollinator

September 06, 2021 - These ruby throated hummingbirds never slow down. They are at the fire stick plant soon after sunrise and continue to re...
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Whoopee!

September 01, 2021 - Trying to anticipate which direction the hummingbird will take always is a challenge. Capturing one in flight coming str...
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Multiple Choice

August 26, 2021 - This vermillion air or fire stick plant has produced hundreds of blossoms this season. It has turned out to be the best...
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Juvenile Gull

August 20, 2021 - While there were not a lot of birds out and about during our drive through the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge, at le...
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Spotlighted

August 17, 2021 - The original photo was okay from my perspective, but pretty ordinary as the background and composition appeared unintere...
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Adults Only

August 16, 2021 - At the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge, where the herring gulls were busy searching for food as usual. Good opportuni...
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Exposed but Patient

August 06, 2021 - Not exactly pristine water, but definitely provided good fishing grounds for a variety of birds including this egret....
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Adult & Juvenile

August 04, 2021 - First outing at the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge which is home to many bird species. Not the best lighting or back...
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Taking Flight

July 22, 2021 - Just as I stepped outside my home (camera in hand), these wood ducks took off. Fortunately, I was cooridanted that morni...
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Ready to Fish

June 22, 2021 - Ospreys are unusual. They have a reversible outer toe that allows them to grasp with two toes in front and two behind....
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Laser Focus

June 21, 2021 - Red-tails are one of the largest birds of prey in North America. When the birds around the feeders hear the screech of...
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Incoming

June 18, 2021 - This great blue heron stands about 4 feet tall when not stalking prey. It is the largest heron in North America with a w...
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Great Blue

June 17, 2021 - Great blue herons are outstanding fishers. You can find them wading through the water or waiting very patiently for thei...
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Morning Takeoff

June 15, 2021 - When the mute swan lift off with their almost 6 foot wingspread, you can here the wing beats all the way across the lake...
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On the Hunt

June 14, 2021 - This red tailed hawk showed up very silently like it just appeared out of nowhere. After selecting a perch high up in th...
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Mute Swan & Cygnets

June 11, 2021 - These multicolored cygnets that are growing quickly soon will be all white just like the pen - - "MOM".
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The Chase Is On

June 08, 2021 - Anytime geese get too close to the swans' nest or the young cygnets, the male swan (the pen) does not hesitate to announ...
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Nest Building

June 05, 2021 - Early spring in Florida when everyone is building new homes and getting ready to start a new families. This tricolored h...
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Mute Swan & Cygnets

June 04, 2021 - Mom is out showing off the remaining cygnets who certainly have grown since they left the nest. I guess that is what eat...
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Hard to Swallow

June 02, 2021 - When the tide rolls out the fishing gets easier. This pelican was drifting around close to the shoreline having an easy...
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Balancing Act

June 01, 2021 - The Roseate Spoonbill is the only spoonbill species found in the Americas. Like old guys they are only too familiar wit...
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In Balance

May 29, 2021 - Here's a bird that can do two things at once - - preening and balancing on one leg. Sometimes I see people having troubl...
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Looking for Leftovers

May 28, 2021 - Frequent visitor during the week after the swans vacated their nest for the hatch of the seven cygnets. This crane was n...
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Focused

May 27, 2021 - This hawk has become a regular visitor. While I never have seen it take a small bird from the feeder area, they certainl...
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Togetherness

May 26, 2021 - After only 15 days from hatching, the four cygnets that have successfully evaded the predators remain safe and stay clos...
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Battle Is On

May 25, 2021 - Once again, a Canadian goose trues to enter the perimeter of the swan's territory. Given their relative size, the goose...
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Newborns

May 24, 2021 - Mom and the goslings came up out of the lake to check out the feed on the ground that the birds had shared. Then they de...
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New Family

May 22, 2021 - Three new families of geese with their goslings seemed to appear out of nowhere this particular morning. It was surprisi...
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Downy Comforter

May 17, 2021 - After taking a headcount and making sure all 7 cygnets were back at the nest, Mom started to settle them in for the nigh...
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Hitching A Ride

May 15, 2021 - Just before dark, the family returned home. We still have seven cygnets, some are hidden by Mom's body.
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Time to Go

May 14, 2021 - The cygnets are growing pretty quickly. No big surprise as they leave before 7:00am and return around 9:15pm. They spend...
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Safe at Home Base

May 13, 2021 - I was about to call CPS (child protective services) as Mom and Dad took the babies out just before 7:00am and did not re...
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Family

May 13, 2021 - Day 2 and the cygnets are out on a lake tour being guarded very closely by their parents. I expect that over the next tw...
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New Life - Day 2

May 12, 2021 - After the clutch hatched on Monday, I was very excited to see 5 active cygnets in the nest. Yesterday I was even more ex...
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New Life

May 11, 2021 - Our swans returned on March 5th and I observed the mating ritual on March 27th. Normal incubation ranges from 32 to 45 d...
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Target Acquired

May 10, 2021 - In yesterday's post, this heron was caught up in the wind stalking fish. Today at the same location, it was calm and its...
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Bad Hair Day

May 07, 2021 - No big surprise here. I'm out with the camera and we have another cold and windy day with possible rain on the horizon....
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Trio of Competitors

May 06, 2021 - The tide was out and the tidal pools held lots of crustaceans and bait fish. The focus of these birds was totally on the...
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What's Happening Here

April 22, 2021 - Every day during the past 2 weeks, this blue heron has been showing up along the shoreline. Previously it had shown up p...
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Immovable

April 21, 2021 - I was thinking about naming this swan after the historian, Herodotus. as nothing keeps her from her appointed task of pr...
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The Waiting Game

April 21, 2021 - Our swan couple have settled into the incubation period. She, the pen, spends most of her time sitting on the eggs. Our...
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Finishing Touches

April 20, 2021 - The clutch has been complete for at least 2 weeks. The pen will incubate them for about 5 or 6 weeks before the cygnets...
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The Beat Goes On

April 20, 2021 - The spot they picked has a lot of material around the site. This was one of the main reasons this site was selected as t...
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Protecting Mom

April 19, 2021 - The Canadian geese always seem to "test the water" with the swans. Inevitably there are multiple geese - - sometimes as...
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Do Not Come Near

April 17, 2021 - While I did not see who or what may have been approaching, the female swan - - the pen -- obviously went on alert to war...
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Curiosity

April 16, 2021 - Daybreak at the lake and a curious doe carefully approaches the nesting swans. The swans immediately went on alert and t...
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Success - The Clutch

April 15, 2021 - "As the egg travels down the tube it gets larger and larger. This is because during its passage (it takes about a day or...
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Finally - Results !!!

April 14, 2021 - "After fertilisation has taken place, the egg travels down the oviduct by muscular contractions, similar to the way that...
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Post Ritual Bathing

April 13, 2021 - This is the last shot I captured through the entire mating ritual. Must admit that I was not sure if this was just like...
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Bathing Ballet

April 13, 2021 - After mating and before returning to their daily routines the swans complete a bathing and preening routine together. Ev...
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The Final Step

April 12, 2021 - After the mating has been completed, the swans l go about their daily business of feeding and defending their territory,...
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An Act of Love

April 10, 2021 - Swans normally are very graceful and beautiful to watch. When you see the mating ritual, grace and beauty take on a whol...
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Creating New Life

April 09, 2021 - The next stage is when the male mounts the female. First he will paddle himself alongside her facing in the opposite dir...
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Strengthening the Bond

April 08, 2021 - My first post showed the early stage of the mating ritual of the swans. This is the next phase where the two swans start...
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The Courtship Begins

April 07, 2021 - Swans going through the mating ritual is a pretty elaborate process and a long ritual primarily because the displays the...
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Side-by-Side

April 07, 2021 - This is the very beginning stage of the elaborate mating ritual of these mute swans. The swans will be close to each ot...
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Private Island

April 06, 2021 - I mentioned in yesterday's blog "Almost There", some of the key requirements for a swan's nest. Here are two other key p...
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Almost There

April 06, 2021 - Almost There Month DD, YYYY • Leave a Comment The finished nest should have the following features: A depressio...
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Material from the Moat

April 05, 2021 - There are several key factors in creating the nest into which the eggs will be hatched and the cygnets born. First, the...
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Working Together

April 03, 2021 - After selecting a spot, the real work of nest building has started by gathering twigs, leaves and other vegetation. When...
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Gathering Materials

April 02, 2021 - Both partners are in the gathering process, Eventually he will start passing materials to her so that the nest can be fo...
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New Beginnings

April 01, 2021 - For 5 years I have been watching the swans return, build their nest on the other side of the lake and give birth to as m...
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Female Redhead

February 21, 2021 - This is one stalwart redhead that came in for a quick landing on our snow covered lake with temperatures just above sing...
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Unwavering

January 18, 2021 - Barn Owls sleep during the day and are active at night, they’re stealthy hunters, and have exceptional hearing. They ca...
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Curiosity

January 12, 2021 - After several days of rain, the lake has reached the highest level I've seen since moving here. It reached within a few...
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Ultraviolet World

July 27, 2020 - Being sequestered does have some advantages. Instead of seeking new photo opportunities away from home, I decided to foc...
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Mirrored

June 26, 2020 - This black capped heron stood motionless while I approached, and then to my surprise, posed for the photo while keeping...
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Great Egret

May 16, 2020 - Wading in the marshland at low tide looking for a meal. Also displaying its breeding plumage.
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Muddy

May 11, 2020 - The ibis can be recognized by its long legs and its extremely long, down curved bill. It uses its bill quite effectively...
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Awaiting Dinner

April 12, 2020 - Often referred to as “Clowns of the Sea” or “Sea Parrots’, Puffins are fantastic flyers, flapping their wings up to 400...
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Roadkill

April 03, 2020 - Doing their job, cleaning up the roads in South Carolina.
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Bluebird of Happiness

March 29, 2020 - The eastern bluebird is among the three bluebirds that belong to the thrush family. It is also known as the American blu...
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The Mix

March 25, 2020 - The bait was in and everyone arrived to feed. This is the first time I had seen the large white pelicans and the local b...
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Hard to Swallow

February 17, 2020 - Brown Pelicans are primarily fish-eaters and require up to four pounds of fish a day. They normally feed by diving on t...
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Follow My Lead

February 09, 2020 - It appeared as though the adult brown pelican was trying to teach the juvenile how to fish in shallow water. My best gue...
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Gull

February 02, 2020 - I am not 100% certain, but judging from the spots on its head rather than brown streaks, this appears to be a non-breedi...
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Great Blue Heron

January 26, 2020 - This great blue heron was poised and slowly stalking its prey in a salt water marsh jst before low tide. It is showing o...
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Ring-Billed Gull

January 13, 2020 - Very commonly seen walking the bait searching for food. Of course, they have adapted well and feed just about anywhere f...
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Searching for Breakfast

January 09, 2020 - This pelican had just dived down looking for a meal, but never made the catch. Now it was skimming the top of the ocean...
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Melanerpes Carolinus

January 10, 2019 - This red bellied adult male woodpecker was checking out the feeders before swooping in to claim its perch among the othe...
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