Homosassa Springs State Park, Florida

February 22, 2014 at 7:03 am (Birds- Florida, Florida State Parks, Great Florida Birding Trail, Nature, Wildlife, Zoos) (, , , , , , )

Bald Eagle - Angry Bird?

Bald Eagle – Angry Bird?

I don’t usually like photographing captive animals, but Homosassa Springs State Park in Florida has birds in an outdoor exhibit without obstructing bars or mesh.   That gives a more intimate experience, and most of them are native species.  Some of these birds have been injured in some way, so they cannot fly.  Others, like the brown pelicans, are completely wild and have chosen to make nests and raise a family amid the non-native flamingos  and the native ibis, egrets, herons, ducks.

Patriot

Patriot

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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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Red, Purple, and Brown (Birds) and a Green (Turtle)

January 12, 2014 at 7:59 am (Birds- Florida, Florida State Parks, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , , )

Skittering Sanderlings

Skittering Sanderlings

I made a second trip to the northeast Florida parks to see the snowy owl and other birds again this past Wednesday, this time with a friend.  Ms. Snowy was further north on the beach at Little Talbot Island State Park, and perched on the dunes, but her admiring groupies with long lenses were in attendance.  The wind was blowing hard and cold, but I had three shirt layers, an eared hat, thick gloves with the fingertips removed, and wind-breaking rain pants so I stayed comfy.

Red Knots

Red Knots

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Boring Birds (in comparison)

January 7, 2014 at 5:16 pm (Birds- Florida, Florida State Parks, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) ()

Hooded merganser male

Hooded merganser male

After the dramatic photographs of the snowy owl, the dueling bald eagles, and the fierce osprey, even the hooded merganser looks drab in comparison.  Matter of fact, he will be the most colorful of the birds in this post.  These were all photographed on the same day as the previously mentioned “charismatic megafauna.”

Red Knot

Red Knot

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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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