Wednesday, August 4 2021

Reddish Egret w/Tracking Device

Here's a Reddish Egret with a tracking device attached to its back taken at Ding Darling Refuge.

Tuesday, July 13 2021

Egret Green Lore

A major change that occurs during breeding is the bright green coloration taken on by bare skin between the base of the bill and the eyes called the lore.

Saturday, July 10 2021

Egret in Breeding Plumage

This is another of my favorite photos that captures its green lore, breeding plumage, and a fish it just captured.

Nesting Great Egret

A Great Egret tidying its nest.

Roseate Spoonbill

While visiting one of my favorite places I heard a cacophony behind a mass of bushes along a canal. It turned out to be more than a dozen Egrets in a breeding spot along with this lone Roseate Spoonbill standing about 15 feet away.

Friday, July 9 2021

Great Egret Preening

Great Egret in breeding plumage preening itself.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday, July 3 2021

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egrets name refers to them following cattle and eating invertebrates that are stirred up from the ground. They also follow machines which is what we experienced with this photo, the Cattle Egret followed our truck while preying on grasshoppers.

Friday, July 2 2021

Great Egret Eating

The Great Egret catches its prey and stands on solid ground to flip it in the air to catch and swallow headfirst as shown in these photos. I was surprised at how many attempts it took to succeed.

Egret in Flight

I'm working on getting decent photos of birds in flight, this is an early attempt.

Nest Building Egret

Male Great Egrets males choose a nesting area and build a nest platform and both males and females finish building the nest together before the female lays a clutch of eggs.

Thursday, July 1 2021

Egret and Wood Storks

A Great Egret walking past some Wood Storks in a mixed-species breeding area.

Thursday, May 6 2021

Welcome!

Chris

Living in the Slow Lane blog topics include amateur Photography, Retirement, Amusing, and whatever Miscellaneous I find relevant as a 70-year-old that relocated to Southwest Florida from Colorado a few years back. I'm a retired website builder and amateur photographer and decided to merge those two interests with this website.

Living in the Slow Lane is a good description of our daily lives as well.

Moving from the mountainous state of Colorado to the flattest state in the country required some adjustments particularly in the hobby area. I took up photography to fill the void left by no longer driving 4x4 trails as seen in this photo from our younger years.1988 Toyota Land Cruiser getting airLike so many other older folks we moved to Florida for health reasons. More specifically we moved to sea level due to my aging lungs not being able to handle the thinner air at 5,000 feet or the cold winter temperatures. Leaving the cold winters behind is a bonus and I'll be happy to never see snow again. Having lived in Minnesota for 25 years prior to moving to Colorado we've had enough of winter weather.

I chose to build this website during the COVID-19 pandemic to give me something to do when at home. Photography gave me something to do away from home and other people since the places I went to rarely had anyone else around. My interest in photography is primarily due to the variety of birds and the abundance of wildlife in South Florida. Both the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve are a short drive from Naples and where I tend to go to take photos, along with the many closer nature parks, rookeries, and preserves in my area.

Along with my photos I have a couple of additional categories; Retirement, Health, and Health and Amusing. The Retirement category includes a Health and Aging subcategory where I'll share some posts on health issues I've experienced in hopes that I may shed a bit of light on different issues I have dealt with or am currently dealing with, that may expand what you have read with my first-hand experience. The Amusement category is primarily just a collection of photos I've gathered over time from other websites that I find amusing though you may not.

As an amateur photographer I'm working on improving my ability and understanding my camera as I go. I find satisfaction with what I shoot. I always hope my next outing will result in better photos than the previous though that's not always the case.

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I welcome any and all comments whether complimentary, critical, observations, corrections, suggestions or just to let me know you were here.

Thanks for stopping by,
Chris