Sand Hill Crane playing hide and seek
Great Egret primping itself in the dark
Red-Tailed Hawk taking in the sights after dinner
One of my favorite juvenile birds is the tricolor heron. With their mop top of feathers on their head and big eyes they make for wonderful portraits. This juvenile was at the rookery in St Augustine his eyes fixated on one of his nest mates.
Northern Grey Squirrel is enjoying flowers from a plum tree
Just after sunrise I came upon an alligator at the St Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach. He was in the shallow marsh area and the rising sun cast beautiful golden reflections around him.
I had been observing a great blue heron at a local marina while he was trying to catch breakfast one morning. After 10 minutes or so he was successful and managed to have a wonderful breakfast.
Burrowing Owls were very curios
Whether poised at a river bend or cruising the coastline with slow, deep wingbeats, the Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight. They may move slowly, but can strike like lightning to grab a fish. He was clenching an armored catfish of the Pleco, variety which I had never seen before. The fish struggled vigorously in the bird's beak, its spiny fins fully extended but at the end the bird won!
Fishermen on the pier in Anclote Gulf Park
This osprey snatched up a fish and then flew off toward the sinking sun, giving me a great opportunity to catch this photo.
This brown pelican scooped up some small fish and was preparing to swallow. I caught the perfect moment!
This green heron snatched up a small fish that it was preparing to eat.
The largest of the four species of yellow (or orange) orchids in North Florida is Platanthera ciliaris (Yellow fringed orchid) -- the plant is larger, the fringe petal (or lip) is larger, and the spur longer than the lip. It is considered Threatened in Florida.
One of a series of photos of this Great Blue Heron catching, killing and eating his fish dinner. The entire process was approximately 30 minutes of watching fascinating nature.
Orangutans are the largest arboreal animal on the planet. Most of their lives are spent in trees where they travel from branch to branch by climbing, clambering, and swinging fro tree limb using only their arms. This juvenile one was a very active swinging from one branch to another looking happy and mischievous.
Endangered in Florida, Endemic
While at a photo workshop at Marineland Beach these four helicopters came flying over and with the stormy skies it made for an amazing shot! Just happened to have my iPhone in hand instead of my Canon and I was just hoping something turned out ok and this is what I got - I was amazed!
This plant has only been documented in a few counties in Florida and Georgia. It is listed as endangered both in the US and in Florida. However, the good news is, it is available in certain native plant nurseries, and in my garden, it has done very well.
Only humans have more intense relationship with their mothers. Orangutans express their emotions just like we do: joy, fear, anger, surprise and love... it’s all there.
Algae laden rocks made for a luscious looking backdrop for this Snowy Egret at Lighthouse Point Park who was fishing the small ponds left behind when the tide went out. These amazing rocks make up part of the jetty where people and birds alike can enjoy the scenery!
There is a "green star" in the center of this flower. In this species, some of the star "points" are rounded. This photo also shows the brick red anthers that Gil Nelson refers to in his description of this flower.
This plant is listed as endangered in Florida and only has been documented in four northwestern counties in the state. I
Threatened in Florida
A solitary fisherman showed his determination to fish even while storms were popping up all around! This was taken on a photo workshop at Marineland Beach with amazing storm clouds all around us.
Orange Butter Fly
Nightflowering wild petunia (Ruellia noctiflora)
Endangered in Florida
Sometimes the petals are streaked with purple.
Two American White Pelicans swim in a shallow tidal pool. The tide is coming in giving the birds an opportunity to forage. I am using a long telephoto lens and am quite a distance away. However, the bird in the foreground kept a watchful eye on me turning his head even as swimming away.
A Snowy Egret walks deliberately across shallow water in hunting mode. Small sandpipers likewise hunt nearby. The dominant species in this scene is the American White Pelican in the background. A flock of over 500 birds landed on the beach in groups of 20-50 at a time. In a testimony to environmental harmony, all the species gathered on this beach were able to forage successfully.
A lovely stay on South Daytona Beach gave rise to some really fun and colorful photographs! It was a beautiful day at the beach and even better with a dear friend! I just love how the umbrellas line the shoreline with shady places for people to enjoy beach in peace!
Family of Egrets with beaks intertwined.
This beautiful wildflower is endemic to a handful of counties in northwest Florida and is listed as threatened in the US and endangered in Florida.
Mock Me Not
How many insects do you see? The hungry caterpillar was loving that milkweed flower cluster!
Striped stick bugs only reside in Ocala National Forest.
I was fortunate to come upon these 3 yellow jackets feasting on one recently; a real thanksgiving feast!
I was following this baby raccoon and wolf cub around. They seemed to be best friends, and then.....the kiss.
Limpkins were dining at pond near International Golf Pkwy and this one got a morsel.
Gorgeous sunset at the lake with wood ducks coming in to feed. I could hear them more than I could see them since the colors were so intense on the still water. It was breathtaking to sit there and watch the colors change and hear the ducks calling to each other.
Two newly emerged monarchs appear to be greeting each other from the safety of the netted enclosure. Other chrysalises continue their metamorphosis
Sunset while on the balcony at Hammock Dunes shortly after Hurricane Dorian.
Late afternoon portrait of a woodstork near International Golf Pkwy.
A Northern Mockingbird shows off his incredible feather detail in the early morning sun.
A Common Nighthawk was scouring the area over the reeds for insects. He was catching and eating insects in the air with erratic flight making it very hard to photograph.
A Dunlin in winter plumage wades in shallow water in search of invertebrates. His foraging efforts have stirred ripples in the water revealing his feet on the bottom and altering his reflection.
This is a B.I.F. (bird in flight) image. I believe that I captured the birds reaction to seeing me and was clearly trying to change direction. PS Elements 11 and also Topaz Labs. software to edit. Because I was shooting at a very high shutter speed (4000) I was also using a high ISO (3200). Under such conditions 'noise' is a problem which is the one issue that my use of software resolves.
An Anhinga takes advantage of a well-placed branch to dry his wings. It was opportunistic that the bush in the background was full of red berries. They created a colorful contrast to his beautiful feathers.
I stalked the hunter with my camera while he stalked frogs in the swamp! White feathers and a grassy environment make it more difficult for prey to see predators such as this great white egret.
I was so very lucky to come upon this group of four Roseate Spoonbill, two Snowy Egrets, and a White Ibis partying in the pond. The photo has it all, flight, wings display, feeding, and reflection all in one image.
I was on a small boat with an electric motor on Lake Blue Cypress to be as unobtrusive as possible. Osprey were actively fishing and this particular one was successful in catching his prey. He flew up to a nearby cypress branch to dine. I waited for him to raise his head and took a series of images.
This juvenile Little Blue Heron who had begun to molt into his blue colors was busy fishing when I captured this image.