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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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Anastasia Formation

October 10, 2022 - Standing close to the edge - - maybe 10-15 feet back - - when an incoming wave hit a limestone outcropping just to the r...
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Blowing Rocks

October 10, 2022 - This preserve gets its name from what the waves do when then encounter the rocks especially at high tide during rough se...
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Wave Worn

October 07, 2022 - Blowing rocks overall is a one mile stretch of beach on Jupiter Island Florida that is about as natural a place as you c...
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Blowing Rocks

October 05, 2022 - Blowing Rocks Preserve really is unique. Whereas almost all Florida east coast beaches are miles of sandy beaches, Blowi...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shadows

April 06, 2022 - Water lilies belong to the Nymphaeaceae family of plant. They live as rhizomatous aquatic herbs. That's probably more in...
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Happiness Is

April 05, 2022 - The look of pure joy after finding a piece of bread in the grass.
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Nature's Serenity

March 28, 2022 - Another serene spot beside a slow flowing, lazy river. Perfect for clearing the mind and reducing stress. Not only that,...
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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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Sunbathing

March 21, 2022 - Alligators have a lot more teeth than us. In fact, they have about 75 teeth. Again, unlikes, when their teeth wear out o...
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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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It's Mine

March 15, 2022 - This squirrel had just found a piece of bread in the grass just off the beach. It quickly scampered on top of a wood pil...
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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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Snakebird

March 11, 2022 - The anhinga was described as "snakebird" early on by the Native American Indians as the shape of its head and neck look...
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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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Lazing in the Sun

March 09, 2022 - The American alligator is a cold blooded reptile living in wetland areas. It can grow between 6 and 11 feet long and art...
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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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Moon Shot

March 07, 2022 - Clear skies, low humidity and light winds made for excellent conditions. Although I missed out photographing the crescen...
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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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Reflections

February 18, 2022 - These water lilies can be found in temperate and tropical climates around the world. They grow in ponds, canals and slow...
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In the Garden

February 17, 2022 - 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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Who Knows Where

February 16, 2022 - Along the side of one of the many trails in Mckee Botanical Gardens while exploring for waterlilies. It is a bit early f...
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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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Entering the Gardens

February 07, 2022 - Entering the local botanical gardens to see what lies ahead. There are a variety of trails and ponds. It also hosts the...
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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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Passing By

February 03, 2022 - These ring billed gulls had just returned from a mornings catch offshore and had returned to the beach to preen themselv...
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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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Wild Orchids

February 01, 2022 - Epiphytes are a fascinating group of plants, which include many species from the bromeliad family and the orchid family.
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Goin' Fishing

January 31, 2022 - For the sake of this fisherman, hopefully the clouds on the horizon are the aftermath of the passing storm last night an...
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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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Changing Conditions

January 25, 2022 - It was overcast, and pretty windy with temperatures in the mid-50's, While a bit chilly, Schatzi and I enjoyed our morni...
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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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Who's Your Daddy

January 23, 2022 - Here's a brave little lizard (brown anole) riding on the nose of a 'gator. Fortunately it was a lawn ornament and not th...
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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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Anolis Sagrei

January 19, 2022 - This male Brown Anole lizard, which is very common on both coasts of Florida, is seen displaying its reddish-orange thro...
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Lurking

January 18, 2022 - Looking docile when floating around the lake, but 'gators can be very aggressive and vicious when approached. Sitting in...
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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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Squid Lips

January 15, 2022 - From the name of the restaurant to the signage, you know you are going to relax and have fun while enjoying the outdoor...
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The Way It Was

January 13, 2022 - After continuing to go deeper into the area, I must admit, I gave up after the first two dozen mosquito bites. That doe...
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Back in Time

January 12, 2022 - Heading into a new area to explore an relatively untouched area. Looks like a totally unspoiled, untouched area. Wonder...
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Going Deeper

January 11, 2022 - Continuing along the trail while checking for creepy crawly things on the ground. It sure is silent. Not even a bird sin...
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Deep in Nature

January 10, 2022 - The sound of silence is "deafening". About the only thing stirring are the dragonflies and there seem to be hundreds fly...
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Sneak Peak

January 07, 2022 - Another day, another boardwalk. Only this time, I know there I am headed. It's a beach exploration to check out the surr...
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Unknown Path

January 06, 2022 - Following the Florida nature trails with absolutely no idea of what may be around the next bend. Mysterious and full of...
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Daybreak

January 05, 2022 - Just after sunrise on a rare overcast morning. Here I don't consider it dark and gloomy, but an opportunity to capture a...
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Looking for Lunch

January 04, 2022 - This American Alligator, formally known as Alligator Mississippinsis, tens to hibernate in the cooler months in Florida.
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Sandpiper Family

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

December 31, 2021 - Another early morning adventure on the beach. Schatzi already understands what lies ahead and is getting ready for her "...
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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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Before Sunrise

December 29, 2021 - Sneaked away a little earlier this morning while my ladies were soundly sleeping. Most days have had no cloud coverage s...
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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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Rise and Shine

December 13, 2021 - A great example of the golden hour when the sun spotlights a perfect hibiscus bloom.
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Raindrops Keeps Falling

December 10, 2021 - As the day was breaking, there was a brief break between the rain showers. Couldn't resit the opportunity to capture the...
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Bouganvillea

December 09, 2021 - The "flowers" of the Bougainvillea, are actually modified leaves, called bracts, that are long-lasting and bright. Like...
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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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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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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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Rough Day

October 15, 2021 - When there is a hurricane moving is just beyond the Gulf Stream, the waves keep building and the beach keeps getting sma...
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Closer & Closer

October 08, 2021 - Early stage of an approaching hurricane roiling the ocean and moving inland.
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Standing Tall

October 07, 2021 - Even though I got a little wet trying to capture the best angle to isolate these blooms from those surrounding them, I w...
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"Hawkeye"

October 06, 2021 - These hawks always are on alert looking for unsuspecting prey.
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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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Mirror Image

October 01, 2021 - Sometimes there are opportunities to move around and get a perspective that shows off the true beauty of nature's creati...
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High Lookout

September 30, 2021 - It's lunchtime. Perched and watching for movement below.
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Up & Coming

September 28, 2021 - Waterlilies always present interesting photo opportunities to me. This time the sun wa just right to capture the highlig...
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Daybreak on the Atlantic

September 27, 2021 - Early morning with the ocean so calm it almost looks like a big lake. Looking at the clouds building on the horizon this...
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Returning Home

September 24, 2021 - After a long day of offshore fishing, this crew is returning home just before dark.
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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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Windswept

September 21, 2021 - Every evening brings a delightful natural painting. Great way to relax with the last espresso of the day and watch the s...
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Wind & Waves

September 20, 2021 - The wind was blowing onshore, the birds were heading for safer ground and the waves were kicking up. Nevertheless, I too...
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End of Day

September 15, 2021 - This particular evening the sunset was almost like fire in the sky. What blessing to be able to observe this view every...
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Purple Dream

July 08, 2021 - I always enjoy the variety of shapes, sizes and colors the waterlily blossoms present. Just for fun, I tried some selec...
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Reaching Out

July 07, 2021 - Like me, this hibiscus blossom is looking for the sun.
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Golden Moment

July 06, 2021 - I always look forward to sunrise and watching the sun break the horizon on this this particular day was amazing. In addi...
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Giant Size

July 02, 2021 - I must admit when I first saw this 'gator, I did think it was real because it was absolutely still and because it was th...
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My What Big Teeth

July 01, 2021 - Another 'gator in our path on Blue Cypress Lake. This one must have decided we were getting to close. Don't worry about...
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Waiting for Dinner

June 30, 2021 - My first excursion on an airboat on Blue Cypress Lake just west of Vero Beach Florida to check out the area and the wild...
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In the Beginning

June 24, 2021 - Nothing like the opportunity to photograph an unusual event to get me out early in the morning. This was taken in Vero B...
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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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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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The Color Purple

January 24, 2021 - I always have found water gardens, especially those with lotus blossoms particularly tranquil and an excellent place to...
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Springtime

December 23, 2020 - Hibiscus are found in many colors on shrubs and on trees. In fact there are over 300 species, both annuals and perennial...
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Insect with a History

August 17, 2020 - Here is something that caught me by surprise. “Dragonflies were one of the first insects to occupy earth. Although they...
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Over the Ocean

July 24, 2020 - Just as background, before returning to Michigan about 5 years ago, I had the good fortune to spend the better part of 2...
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Moth Orchids

May 31, 2020 - Phalaenopsis orchids are commonly known as moth orchids. There are about about seventy species in the family. The ones s...
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Hungry Eyes

August 14, 2019 - It was early morning and this this red tailed hawk was perched in a tree scouting the ground for breakfast. Fortunately,...
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The Mooring

August 05, 2019 - Just after sunrise one morning while it was early enough to enjoy the tranquility of calm water on the river combined wi...
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Nature's Handywork

May 14, 2019 - Do you see what I see? All done by nature -- a rising 'gator!
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