I’d Hate to Be an Anhinga

April 14, 2014 at 8:00 am (Bird photography, Birds- Florida, Great Florida Birding Trail, Nature, Nature photography, Photography) (, , , )

Anhinga baby with large fish in its throat

Anhinga baby with large fish in its throat

I don’t know about you, but this photo creeps me out.  In addition to the anhinga chick being downright ugly in the face, the eye of the fish gaping from its throat is too unsettling.  I had just watched this baby wrestle the fish out of the throat of its parent.  And I mean WRESTLE.

Anhinga chick wrestling a fish from its parent's throat

Anhinga chick wrestling a fish from its parent’s throat

You see how far the chick has to dive into the father’s throat to retrieve its meal.  Eeewwwww.  And it really worked at it.  I thought maybe the parent’s throat would be torn, as frenetic as the fishing expedition was.  I know many birds, such as herons, feed their chicks like this.  But this was just plain hard to watch. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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