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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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