Always on watch

Caracaras live in the savanna areas of Florida, Texas and Mexico. They are beautiful and impressive birds with unusual markings. Their calls are almost like high pitch whistles. They are often seen on posts, like this, near the edge of the field waiting for road kill. This guy was quite comfortable in the rain.

Wildlife Composite

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The 2016 Green Cay Photo Contest

For the past 3 months I’ve been working with a photo group to facilitate the 2016 Green Cay Photo Contest. This is a contest for the Green Cay  wetland park in Boynton Beach, Florida. Green Cay is a special reclaimed property where Palm Beach Co. has been able to not only recreate a snapshot of old…

Nature, the best sculpture

I was at a bird sanctuary in Key Largo recently. The facilities are very rustic and offers a nice boardwalk leading from the parking area out to the water to the west. Along the path are aviaries housing injured or rehabbed birds in large screened areas. As we were walking along the path we came…

Meet Mugsy, a working Mule

Mid January Jo, my wife, and I attended the annual Evans-71 high school bonfire at the ranch of one of Jo’s classmates in Howey-in-the- Hills, FL. The bonfire has become an annual event so that the alumni of Evans High School, Orlando, can have a good excuse to get together to burn some firewood, eat delicious food, talk about guns, and enjoy catching up with each other. Liz, a schoolmate, and husband own the ranch where the bonfire is hosted.

Time-Lapse Technique

In 2012 I purchased a new flash for my SX1 camera. The flash was the best one Canon made at the time so it was a bit pricey but I wanted the brightest flash on the market to help me fill-in the Florida sun so I decided to invest in my system and I purchased a Canon…

Bears of Summer

Each time I venture into the Smokey Mountains I anticipate seeing and photographing bears, black bears to be specific. I say that because some people think there are other types of bears in the Smokeys, there aren’t, only black bears, and plenty of them spread out over the mountain range. If you are looking to…

The Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is a beautiful and awe striking avian species. Here is South Florida the GBH, as they are commonly known, flourish from waterside to seaside, from lake to canal. Wherever there is water, fresh or salt, you have a great chance of seeing a GBH, especially at nesting time. This first shot…

Purity

Purity, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. White birds with long white feathers have been admired for hundreds of years. In the mid to late 1800s these beautiful white birds were hunted for their feathers to adorn the ladies’ hats in the North East. These bird feathers were so “in style” that the desire to have these…

Alice The Alligator

I’ve done some crazy things to get photos but this may be the craziest thing I’ve done in a long time. Recently Jo, my wife, and I were walking in Loxahatchee wildlife management area close to where we live in Palm Beach, Florida when we came upon this 8 foot ‘gator sunning herself on the…

Eagle in Full Flight

Full Eagle, originally uploaded by QuakerVille. Speaking of Eagles… Last Saturday Jo, my wife, and I spent the day exploring east of Lake Kissimmee along 441 and Canoe Creek Road from Kenansville to 3 Lakes WMA. We saw some wonderful wildlife. CaraCara adults and juvenile, Eagles, Rattle Snake, Turkey, awesome Woodpeckers, and many other birds…

Bobby, the kitten in the Cypress

Last weekend Jo, my wife and I visited one of our favorite wildlife wetland areas in South Florida called Green Cay. It’s part of the Palm Beach County water and utility commission system for reclaiming water and is a beautiful place to visit. Over the past three or four years we have seen and heard…

Bahamian Flycatcher, Rare in Florida

As a photographer my wife and I are in the wetlands of South Florida a lot watching and photographing birds. Our favorite birds are the larger wetland birds but every once in a while we get to enjoy the smaller species too. This sequence of shots are recent captures of the Bahamian Flycatcher, a beautiful…

Wild Quaker Parrots and Palm Berries

My favorite wildlife subjects are the wild and in-home Quaker Parrots of South Florida. As far as I can tell I’ve taken in excess of 15,000 photos of Quaker Parrots over 2 decades. This is a series of photos I recently captured one afternoon as I was passing a small office complex where I heard…

Buterfly World Experience

I love to take pictures of birds and I love to relax at one of the local area wildlife attractions, Butterfly World, in Coral Springs, Florida, about 2 miles from home. This past weekend, as with many other weekends, I visited Butterfly World to relax and enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the cooling Florida weather….

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…