Sunday, March 17, 2019

Little green heron family


Dad was finally left by himself with the eggs, mom was on a nearby branch preening.
He continued moving sticks around in the nest.


There was a near by sound in the bushes that startled him, and me too by the way.
 His feathers were literally standing up!  


So he sat himself down to take care of his family. When I checked back in a couple of hours he was still sitting there. Eggs take about 19 days to hatch so guess where I'll be in a few weeks. Let's all send positive vibes to this little family that the eggs aren't taken by some predator.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

A hopeful beginning


The eggs have arrived!


Mom has just gotten off the eggs and dad has flown in to take his turn.



But not before the eggs are gently moved and the nesting material pushed and prodded to further protect their precious family.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

from my garden


This is a collection of petals from my garden. I photographed them on a light box.


I love their translucent quality.


Yet they are so graphic.


These 4 20" squares will be a dramatic display on someone's wall.
I've decided to donate them to our auction.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Wakodahatchee


These green herons were tucked deeply in the marsh planning their future family. This was my first time ever seeing them together. No eggs yet but soon I hope. Aren't they beautiful? 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

split second


Time 2:31:36 pm


Time 2:32:04 pm


Time 2:32:04 pm


Time 2:32:05 pm


Turks and Caicos



I was drawn to the pelicans on my many walks on the beach.


They were so funny and so active, flying, preening and diving for fish.
 I really think they loved the human audience and put on a show just for us. 


When they flew the aqua green water reflected on the underpart of their wings. 




Tuesday, February 26, 2019

incoming


Sit with this image for a while and discover how it reflects our lives...





Friday, February 22, 2019

seeing eye to eye


This great blue heron took waaaaay to long to eat this huge fish. He struggled with it, flipping it, cleaning off the seaweed, pushing it down his throat only to throw it up again and start the process all over again. We watched him for the longest time, not because this process was so fascinating but because of his neighbor.


Who had been CREEPING up closer and closer to this unsuspecting hungry heron. My hope was that the alligator was not as hungry as the heron. Our big decision was to wait and see the horror or throw our hands over our eyes and leave the scene. 


We stayed. The tension was palpable.


The final decision to leave was made by the tricolored heron. He flew away so fast that I missed him! If you look really really closely in the upper right hand corner
 you'll see a bit of his wing and feet as he left the scene. 
As he departed the roseate spoonbill flew in. 


Joined later by the great egret. 
We finally left relieved ...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Cormorant


drying wings in the early morning


time for breakfast


lift off....


Sunday, February 17, 2019

glossy ibis



When you first see a glossy ibis you think it's just black or dark brown, pretty non descriptive.
But wow, at closer viewing this bird comes to life with gorgeous iridescent colors.



love the down curved bill


another favorite of mine.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Merritt Island


I could spend the next month posting the images from our trip to Merritt Island.  I have never seen so many Roseate Spoonbills in one place, well maybe once before in the Everglades years ago. We saw 42 different species of birds on this trip. It was heavenly. 
Yet I'm still getting up and shooting the sunrise and now I have developed a creative overload in my head.
 Birds, beach, birds, beach, birds, beach.... hmmm

Friday, February 8, 2019

captive


I spent the morning at Busch Wildlife Center. 
All the birds and animals were broken in some way. Some wounded, others forgotten, or treated poorly by humans. They have all found a home here where they are carefully tended to and protected from the life they can no longer handle. This pair of barn owls were always together.


Its all so bittersweet, these beautiful creatures. My favorite the Crested Caracara.


Just look at this little screech owl, the size of my fist.


And this panther was taking a break from the heat but raised his head when he saw me with my camera. Look at his paws...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

A play date


They flew in to join the others.
Played "wing flap" and "puff up" but the others didn't join in.


Tried a juice break but others weren't thirsty.


Even a game of who can stare the longest didn't work.


Guess we'll leave and find some others to play with....