Nature & Wildlife's Beauty and Behavior Through My Lens
Beautiful images of Woodpecker and Roseate Spoonbill. Good fauna over there.
Thank you, it is quite the paradise of birds in the winter in Florida. 🙂
Great assortment of birds!
Thank you, Indira!!
And… the Spoonbill in flight 🙂
Got only two photos so far of the RS, both in flight at a distance. The close-up quest is still on! 🙂 (I’m going to travel a little in next couple weeks for them.)
If you have the time (this will sound strange) the St. Augustine Alligator Farm should have plenty. The back of the land has a boardwalk and many cypress trees spoonbill love the place, and they might be thinking of nests about now.
Thanks for the tip. Is that where you took the photos of them in your recent posts? Or were they from the west coast around DDarlingNWR or Corkscrew?
The recent shore birds were at or around Ding Darling. That’s a pretty long trip for you since a few roads have many lights. But that is a good spot. Corkscrew is best for April, we were just there last month (Raccoons in palm tree).
St. Augustine is fun for closeups of wild Spoonies you would never get elsewhere. They nest there and have learned to ignore people. I had one snap at my long lens when I didn’t see him in a low branch. I never wanted to go there until Ellen went with some friends.
I won’t be able to go to St Augustine on our return trip home this year, I know I’ll not get my husband to agree to go through mid-Florida/Orlando routing and ALL that traffic. (We’re in a motorhome pulling a trailer.) I’m thinking of heading to DDarling for a day trip, we’re 100 miles from there. First, I want to go down to EvergladesNP Flamingo Road, I’ve read there’s a rookery there and lots of RSpoonbills at the end of the road. Another day trip. 🙂 The quest is on, we’re leaving here in a few more weeks. I’ll keep St Augustine in my brain for another Florida visit, thanks for the tip!!
I agree with your husband 😂😂😂. Dusk at Ding Darling usually has RS, the morning Reddish Egret…which are the real rock stars 😀
The RS isn’t a lifer for me, I just want ‘better’ photos for my files; but oh boy, the Reddish Egret is also on my quest and reason for DD, I remembered your recent photos of them were from there. The RE would be a new lifer for me. 🙂
And to witness the dance….like only they do it.
Very nice Donna! Looks like you are having a Great Time in Florida!
Thank you, Reed, I certainly am! 🙂
You go, girl!!!😄 You’re seeing some great birds there.
Thank you, Deborah! It’s almost too easy….. 😊
Great bird photos Donna! Have you moved down there?
Thank you, John! No, we’re just hanging out down here in our RV in Everglades City, enjoying the great weather and not missing the cold winter at home in Maryland.
Lovely collection of bird photos! 🙂
Thank you so much! BTW, what is your first name? I’d love to know, we’re great blog friends. 🙂
How I envy your warm days filled with birds, Donna. I must content myself with watching birds at the feeders, which I suppose, will have to suffice!
Spring is around the corner, promise! 🙂
You have fond quite the haven here, you lucky woman. I am happy to be taking care of my friend’s dog, so will be seeing some birds coming to the feeders in her yard!
Thank you, Jane! Watching birds at feeders is quite entertaining and sometimes lots of wonderful variety, I wish you luck on sightings!
Wow! That seems like a whole lot in a short period of time. Impressive! 😊
To be honest, it is almost too easy here, Irene! Birds are everywhere if you stop, look and listen. (which most people don’t, lol)
You still took the time to get some great shots. 😊
How wonderful Donna you are really enjoying Florida, I know that it where I would head to also if I were over there as there are so many species to explore. Florida birders have several interesting habitats to explore some like their wetlands unique to the state. So glad you are able to spend the time to see as many as you can, that is a great blessing for a birder such as yourself. Your Black Vulture photo is stunning, it reminds me of an Egyptian pharaoh 🙂
What a wonderful place to be… And it looks like you have great company. I love the Semi-Palmated Sandpipers lounging on the dock. 🙂
Thank you Lisa! I was excited with the SP sandpipers, I wish I could have gotten closer. They were adorable lounging! 🙂
You were a lot closer than I was last time I saw them. Yeah, they look cuddly, don’t they? 🙂
They do! 😊
Lovely, Donna. I hope you find many more.
Thank you, Tanja 😊
I’m so happy to see and read about what a great time you’re having in Florida! Wonderful shots of so many of my local friends and many more – I love the shot of that very diverse group milling about and enjoying one another☺️
Thank you! You live in a bird paradise for sure! I’ve been amazed at the large numbers of so many birds I’m accustomed to seeing only in single or small quantities around the Chesapeake Bay in the mid-Atlantic.
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Very nice shots! I like the tern in flight. It is nice when the terns and gulls fly into the wind. They slow down and are much easier to photograph, as opposed to when they are speeding swiftly with the wind. And the Cattle Egret… that bird annoys me!! lol, I pass them all the time when travelling toward the coast, but I’ve never had my camera ready. So, they annoy me because they are a fairly common bird yet I don’t have a single Cattle Egret photo in my portfolio! Next time I pass a field and see them, I’m pulling over and walking out there… even if along Interstate 75! Hope I don’t get a ticket for illegal parking on a highway! lol
Great shots. William – “What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.” Psalms 104 The Message
Thank you, William! Yes, next time, stop! One of my favorite photos of the Cattle Egret is on sitting on the back of a cow. A common behavior for them, but I’ve just never seen it often. The terns were back yesterday on my outing, they were diving out in front of me, I hope I got one of those dives. 🙂 Ugh, I’m so far behind on my photos! 😉
Missed this one, too.
No worries! I’m happy you visit, Vic!
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