Feeding time for the Little Green Herons

Feeding time for the Little Green Herons at Green Cay. Check out the twins flying up to prepare for the feeding. The twins see mom coming from afar and are getting excited and ready. I’m first, no I’m first, no, I’m first! Hey, break it up! I’ve got the food already! Dinner is served! OUCH!…

Cattle Egrets in the rain

This time of the year the Cattle Egret, a member of the Heron family, propagation is well underway. As Jo, my wife, and I explore the wilds of Florida  we are noticing what appears to be an up swing in the Cattle Egret population in may areas we visit. These Ibis like birds, without the…

Wood Storks Return to South Florida

It’s always great when a bird species on the brink of extinction, headed that way anyway, returns to flourish. One such species is the Wood Stork, (Mycteria americana) also commonly known as Flinthead, Wood Ibis, Wood Pelican or Colorado Turkey. Wood Storks are found along the coastal areas of South Carolina, Georgia and Central and…

The Great Blue Herons of South Florida

The Great Blue Heron can be spotted in most parts of North America, but they flourish in Florida at certain times of the year. Ever since I saw my first one in early 1972 I have been quite impressed with their size and beauty. Not until the past few years have I become enamored watching…

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: Lurking just feet ahead of the beautiful American Egret swims a 12 foot long alligator waiting for some unsuspecting creature to become his afternoon snack. The American Alligator has probably been warming itself in the noon sun raising it’s temperature, preparing itself to eat. One…

Osprey Takes a ride!

Osprey Takes a ride!, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: Joy riding with an Osprey in Daytona Beach on the Sling Shot ride. He flies in when the ride closes and stays all night until it opens again. In the morning we find him hunting right from the top of the ride seat case. The…

Charley the Bittern Vs The Snake

Today, Jo and I spent about 5 hours at Green Cay in Palm Beach, Florida. It’s a wonderful wetland area and just full of really neat birds. One of the neatest locals is the American Bittern, I call him Charley for short. We’ve seen Charlie on many occasions in the Cay and have spent some…

Bald Eagle Pair

Bald Eagle Pair, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: Bald Headed Eagle pair in their nest in lower Central Florida. It’s the time of year when the BHEs get together in rather large nests to start the annual propagation dance. Even though far off, we caught these two prepping the nest making ready to settle…

Being Watched

Being Watched, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: Do you ever get the impression that you are being watched? These two Quaker Parrots were happily sitting in a tree enjoying life while this Woodpecker watched nearby. Actually, the Woodpecker was feeding up and down that tree trunk. The Quakers were not at all concerned with…

Crested CaraCara

Crested CaraCara, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: We were watching this Crested Cara Cara sitting on top of a post. As I was cranking up the camera and getting ready for a shot, he dove off the pole and headed directly across in front of us and snapped up, well, some food on the…

Birds Superb Gallery

Bird Superb, a gallery on Flickr. As I connect with other avian photographers around the world we tend to share each others pictures with our friends. In this Flickr Gallery you will  see 16 of the most beautiful bird pictures I’ve seen. Click the link and check out the gallery called Birds Superb. As superb…

American Bittern

American Bittern, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. American Bittern’s are elusive birds. When they are around they totally blend in with their surroundings. I just captured this photo this weekend while Jo, my wife, and I were visiting Wakodahatchee, a wetland park about 30 minutes north of our home in Palm Beach County, Florida. There were…

Heron & the Snake

Heron & the Snake, originally uploaded by ShacklefordPhotoArt. WoW! I really love to take pictures of Great Blue Herons and have hundreds if not thousands of pictures showing GBH’s doing all kinds of normal things. Photographer Donnie Shackelford captured this action in one of my all time favorite wetland areas, Wakodahatchee in Palm Beach. Check…

Quaker Pair

Quaker Pair, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. I’ve been photographing Quaker Parrots in my home and in the wild since 1996 when we brought Stanley my first Quaker Parrot home from the store and I have enjoyed it so much. Stanley really gave me the inspiration to start taking a lot of bird pictures. Many years…

Canon SX1 IS – Migration to the Modern

In the 1940s and 1950’s my dad was a fine photographer using a 4×5 Graflex Speed Graphic to take scenic and family portraits. I remember he had a darkroom someplace in the house to process the film from those funny black holders but I was too young to go there so I didn’t get trained…

Sandhill Chorus

Sandhill Chorus Originally uploaded by QuakerVille JO and I are in Central Florida for a couple days visiting her high school class group. One of the places we pass through is the Orlando to Kissimmee corridor where we usually see Sand hill Cranes. We stopped at a flock of about 7 juveniles and were greeted…

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. I love to watch these Egrets form relations with the cattle they feed with/on. These birds seem to have a symbiotic relationship with whatever type of beast they are around. An amazing sight is to see one riding on top of a Water Buffalo or standing on the back…