Tiny Jewels with Wings

January 15, 2014 at 11:12 am (Big Bend National Park TX, Birds - Big Bend TX, Birds - Texas, fine art photography, Nature, Photography, Southwest Birds, Wildlife) (, , , , , , )

Calliope Hummingbird male detail

Calliope Hummingbird male detail

Most of these hummers were photographed in 2011 in Arizona, New Mexico, and Big Bend National Park in Texas.  I finally got around to making this collection.

Magnificent Hummingbird male

Magnificent Hummingbird male

Magnificent Hummingbird male

Magnificent Hummingbird male

I did have to do a lot of digital enhancements – my Nikon D80 doesn’t have the resolution that the D600 does, nor does it focus as quickly.  I prefer to darken the background and add a digital blur when necessary to minimize hotspots and noise. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ruddy Turnstones

January 13, 2014 at 8:21 am (Birds- Florida, fine art photography, Florida State Parks, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , )

Ruddy turnstone

Ruddy turnstone

If it weren’t for their bright orange legs, these birds would be practically invisible when foraging among the barnacle-covered rocks.  See if you can find the bird in the photograph below.

Ruddy turnstone well camouflaged

Ruddy turnstone well camouflaged

Hint – it’s in the center.  These were taken at Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach, Florida, and Huguenot Memorial Park near Jacksonville.

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There it is!  Now for the rest of the Ruddy Turnstone Collection. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Many Faces of the Osprey

January 3, 2014 at 4:40 am (Birds- Florida, fine art photography, Florida State Parks, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , )

Angry Bird?

Angry Bird?

The day I spent at Little Talbot Island State Park near Jacksonville, Florida was an extremely productive one for bird photographs.  In addition to the Snowy Owl and the Dueling Bald Eagles, I got the osprey to pose for me.  These are photographs of three different birds on a very gray day, but their expressions and poses are stunning.

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Bald Eagle Steals a Fish

January 2, 2014 at 6:58 am (Birds- Florida, fine art photography, Florida State Parks, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , , )

Juvenile Bald Eagle with fish

Juvenile Bald Eagle with fish

One immature bald eagle caught a fish.  Its lazy cousin stole it away.  Here’s the sequence:

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This bald eagle is starting to show white feathers on its head.  It wants that fish.

This bald eagle is starting to show white feathers on its head. It wants that fish.

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Rare Snowy Owl in Florida

January 1, 2014 at 6:39 am (Birds- Florida, fine art photography, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , , , , )

Snowy Owl, immature female, on a northern Florida beach

Snowy Owl, immature female, on a northern Florida beach

When a snowy owl comes to Florida, it’s a “calling all birders” moment.  It is extremely rare for a bird of the snowy tundra and the northern U.S. to venture this far south.  There is an “irruption” of snowys this winter – meaning an extraordinarily large number of these birds are showing up in areas they aren’t normally seen.  Why is this happening?  Perhaps there is a shortage in their food supply – lemmings and rodents mainly – in their preferred habitat.  So they venture south to find better opportunities.

Snowy owl in flight

Snowy owl in flight

This immature female landed on a beach in Little Talbot Island State Park in northeast Florida near Jacksonville.  I found out about her from a visitor where I work at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge 60 miles away in southern Georgia.  Oddly, nothing showed up on the Georgia Bird List, even though the bird is very close to the border.  I spent all day in the area with other birders and bird photographers, making sure we didn’t get too close to scare her.  So these photos are highly cropped.

Taking off

Taking off

Mature males are almost completely white, and immature males have light barring on their feathers.  Females – especially immatures – are heavily barred on their entire bodies.  Females need to blend in with the ground where they lay their eggs in a scoop they make, so they need the camouflage. Read the rest of this entry »

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December Moonrise, Jekyll Island, Georgia

December 17, 2013 at 4:58 am (fine art photography, Georgia, Nature, Photography) (, , , , )

Time-lapse – Ten minutes’ moonrise condensed into 35 seconds

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Spirit of the Cypress

December 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm (Autumn, fine art photography, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature) (, , , , , , )

A meditative water journey on a foggy morning, with inspirational nature quotes.

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Banks Lake NWR Part 4 – Small Gems

December 9, 2013 at 4:47 am (Autumn, Birds - Georgia, fine art photography, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Photography) (, , , , , )

Red maple and cypress

Red maple and cypress

The final installment of my recent Banks Lake paddle shows some color, and some small treasures.

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Poison Ivy is pretty in fall

Poison Ivy is pretty in fall

Muscadine (wild grape)

Muscadine (wild grape)

Phoebe next to cypress seed ball

Phoebe next to cypress seed ball

Great egret in fog

Great egret in fog

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Cypress leaves turn rust before they fall for the winter

Cypress leaves turn rust before they fall for the winter

Tickseed sunflower

Tickseed sunflower

Sweet gum leaves on water lily

Sweet gum leaves on water lily

To see another view of this trip, see Marilyn Kircus’ blog

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Banks Lake Part 3 – Cypress Studies in BW

December 8, 2013 at 5:14 am (Autumn, Black-and-White Photography, fine art photography, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Photography) (, , , , , , , )

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Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Lakeland, Georgia is more like the quintessential swamp than a lake.  These huge pond cypress have escaped the wildfires that define the landscape of its sister refuge Okefenokee, and the ample beards of Spanish moss attest to many decades of undisturbed serenity.  The lake is popular with anglers, but to truly experience its mysterious beauty, one should be out at dawn in an autumn fog.  Even in December, birds are singing, and the gauze challenges you to find them.  Enjoy a black-and-white world paddling through the cypress of this unique blackwater lake. Read the rest of this entry »

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Banks Lake NWR #2 – Spider Webs

December 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm (Autumn, fine art photography, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Photography) (, , )

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The mysterious, marvelous landscape of Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge in the fog would have been enough to satisfy my lust for beauty, but the small gems of dew-laced spider webs diverted my attention.  Here is a selection, all photographed from a kayak.

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