Blue, Blue, My Love is Blue-Winged Teal

April 6, 2014 at 10:17 am (Bird photography, Birds- Florida, Great Florida Birding Trail, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , )

Male blue-winged teal flaunting his blue

Male blue-winged teal flaunting his blue

Yeah, it’s an old song but I couldn’t help it.  My two favorite bird photography sites are in Boynton Beach, Florida – Wakodahatchee and Green Cay Wetlands.  Both are reclaimed wetlands and have attracted an amazing bounty of birds and reptiles – most close enough for a decent 400mm photograph.

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I was fortunate to be able to return this January for images with my Nikon D600, but there are also images here from 2008.  You see, I used to travel South to do art shows in the winter, and stayed with another artist friend there.  I am still amazed that this highly developed area, with hundreds of gated communities and a block of shops on nearly every corner (or so it seems), is so hospitable to wildlife.  Today I am highlighting the blue-winged teal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lovin’ the Limpkins

April 1, 2014 at 6:58 am (Bird photography, Birds- Florida, Great Florida Birding Trail, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, )

 

Mama Limpkin, Green Cay Nature Center

Mama Limpkin, Green Cay Nature Center

” Its screaming cry is unmistakable and evocative.” – Cornell Lab of Ornithology

My friend in Boynton Beach, Florida who is kept awake by the male limpkin’s territorial screech at night isn’t too compassionate that the species is considered of “special concern” due to habitat loss.

Limpkin calling

Limpkin calling

The limpkin thrives on native apple snails and freshwater clams.  In the U.S. it only breeds in Florida, but they are common in Central and South America.  Although limpkins resemble herons and ibises, they are more related to rails and cranes, and are in a taxonomic family of their own. Read the rest of this entry »

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