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.
It’s hard to find a captive bald eagle exhibit that doesn’t have an American flag draped in the background. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
Hint – it’s in the center. These were taken at Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach, Florida, and Huguenot Memorial Park near Jacksonville.
There it is! Now for the rest of the Ruddy Turnstone Collection. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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.”
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.
One immature bald eagle caught a fish. Its lazy cousin stole it away. Here’s the sequence: