Rat Watching The Mail

IMG_9376, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: Florida has some really interesting "Mailbox Artwork". In our exploration of the Florida expanse we sometimes find some of the most creative mailbox arteork and stands. This chubby mouse was found holding the mailbox in western Palm Baech county on an out of the way country road while…

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…

Cattle Train Due Any Minute

Cattle Train Due Any Minute, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: Somehow these birds knew that the cattle train was due and that it would be full of cows. Amazing birds! This is a photo of a group of Cattle Egrets captured while I was exploring a road along the Miami Canal which cuts through…

Miracle In Flight

Miracle In Flight, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: This is a felt tip drawing of Miracle, my flying acrobat. Miracle came to us as a rescue from the power company at the turn of the century. Our book, “Parrots in the City“, was inspired by Miracle’s rescue and life. He was a precious creature…

George with the Big Head and Big Teeth

George with the Big Head and Big Teeth, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: My what big teeth you have. Sometime during the exploratory trips my wife and I take around Central and South Florida we run into all sizes of Alligators. This big guy was surrounded by other big gators sunning in the warm…

Little Green Parrot at Water’s Edge

Little Green Parrot at Water’s Edge, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: This is a shot of a wild Little Green Quaker Parrot, or Monk Parakeet just about ready to get a drink from the clean and clear Loxahatchee Preserve in Western Palm Beach County. My wife and I love to visit this area to…

Waiting for a Piece

Waiting for a Piece, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: A picture is worth a thousand words. When I saw this shot this morning while reviewing the shots from yesterday I was, for some reason, struck with the notion that this reminds me of how government treats us, the common worker. They stand watching us…

Close Gators

Close Gators, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Via Flickr: When we arrived at Anhinga Trail today right away we started seeing gators across the lakes and canals. Some tourist asked me what kept the gators on the other side of the bank and if I thought they would visit the side where we all were walking….

Alligator Pair

Alligator Pair, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. These two gators were sunning themselves along the Anhinga Trail in the Everglades National Park in Florida today. They were so close to the walkway some people, including the kids were petting their tails as the leathery reptiles basked in the warm noon sun. I stood about 25 feet…

The Eagle Has Landed

This small photo sequence will give you an opportunity to watch a Bald Headed Eagle fly across the sky and land on a power pole. Pay careful attention to the eagle as he is preparing to catch the pole with his talons. It’s a cool sequence. Click the arrow in the screen below to begin…

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…

Sunset over the Everglades

  Sunset over the Everglades – March, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. The Everglades begins just below the sugar cane fields in Palm Beach County and runs over a hundred miles to the south where it ends up in Florida Bay just below Everglades National Park. Many people think that the entire Florida Everglades is a…

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…

Smiling Glossy Ibis

Smiling Glossy Ibis, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Here is my 10-10-10 contribution, a Glossy Ibis. I captured this shot in Green Cay, Palm Beach co. and rendered to a pencil drawing using Mediachance DAP2. I have included the full poster resolution so that you can check out the detailed pencil strokes. There are about 500,000…

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…