Photography › Birds

According to the Florida Ornithological Society Records Committee there are more than 500 species of birds in Florida. The variety of large birds is primarily what triggered by interest in photography and accounts for the majority of my photos.

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Wednesday, July 7 2021

Flamingo

In the 1800s, it was commonly accepted that Flamingos were native to Florida that were nearly hunted to extinction for their feathers. Current studies show it's unlikely Florida's flamingos, which are increasing in population, are escapees from elsewhere and that the population is, in fact, in the very beginnings of a recovery.

Monday, July 5 2021

Great Egret & Wood Stork

This Great Egret & Wood Stork share fishing by the shoreline.

Cattle Egret

The Cattle Egret can be found on farms, marshes, highway edges, and quite often with cattle where it eats the insects kicked up by the cattle.

Wood Storks

Coming upon a flock of Wood Storks and Egrets is always a good thing as shown in the photo.

Reddish Egret

I was disappointed in the quality of this photo of the Reddish Egret known for its manic feeding style of sprinting, jumping, and spinning around in shallow water with its wings held up.

Egret Breeding Grounds

This is just part of a mixed-species breeding colony, Great Egrets are frequently the first species to arrive, and it's believed that their presence may induce nesting among other species.

Avocets

These Avocets were a stretch for my lens but when I saw the long, thin, upturned bill I knew they were birds I had never seen before.

Sunday, July 4 2021

Snowy Egret

The Snowy Egret was decimated in the late 1800s by plume hunters seeking their pure white breeding feathers popular in women's headwear of the time.

Roseate Spoonbill

This is one of the six Roseate Spoonbills I came across in a large open marshy area on the outskirts of Naples, Florida.

Limpkin

The Limpkin is named for its limping-like flight with its dangling legs and jerky wing beats.

Turkey Vulture

Like other vultures, the turkey vulture has a bald head so that bits of carrion do not adhere to the skin as they would to feathers.

Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in North America and can be seen standing silently along, or in, water.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Seen by day, these chunky herons seem dull and lethargic sitting hunched and motionless in trees near water. They become more active at dusk to forage.

Cormorant Closeup

This may appear to be a distorted photo but it's not. It's actually what Cormorants, and other birds, do when air temperatures are hot. They remove heat from their body by vibrating their gular (throat) tissues.

Snowy Egret

The Snowy Egret is a small and active wading bird that has a full white body, black legs, bright yellow feet, yellow marks around the eyes, and a black bill.

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing owls, one of the smallest owls in Florida, is different than other owls as they are active during the daytime rather than at night during the breeding season. During the non-breeding season, they become more nocturnal.

Glossy Ibis

The Glossy Ibis appears to be uniformly dark, but a close look in good light reveals stunning colors you can see in this photo: a deep maroon, emerald, bronze, and violet.

Black Skimmer

The lower part of the Black Skimmer's bill is longer than the top, because they use their bill to skim along the top of the water to catch fish.

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes are long-legged, long-necked, gray, heron-like birds with a patch of bald, red skin on top of their head.

White Pelicans

Brown Pelicans are year-round Florida residents, but the white pelicans migrate to Florida only during the winter.

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