As birders, we are always looking to the skies and paying attention to flight patterns as a key to identifying our fine feathered friends, like the Osprey featured above. But I’m always paying attention, too, to the interesting signs that are posted in our preserves and parks. I recently noticed this very cool sign above – the first […]
“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” The Little White Bird, by J.M Barrie, 1902.
This young Purple Gallinule is often seen clambering around the Fireflag plant, on his quest for the tastiest purple flowers. Always charms the passersby – so pretty, so sweet from head to tail.
I took the image above just after 7 pm in mid-September at our local refuge. The image below was taken in mid-October, at the same refuge, just after 6:30 pm – a half hour earlier than the photo above. What a difference a month makes in how the sky looks at that hour of the day.When I […]
This Limpkin was one of many who were enjoying the Apple Snails along the shoreline of Lake Kissimmee. Limpkins have a specially designed bill, the tip of which acts almost like tweezers, to pry open and extract the Apple Snail from its shell. But they also feed on insects, worms, small crustaceans, and other mussels (All […]
Northern Mockingbirds are well known for their melodious non-stop singing. They are expert mimics of other birds, and are continuously adding to their repertoire of sounds. In fact, male Mockingbirds may learn more than 200 songs over a lifetime (All About Birds).But I caught this lovely Mockingbird just resting quietly on a branch at dusk the other evening, occasionally fluffing […]
On a recent evening, we were treated to yet another beautiful sunset over one of our nearby wetland preserves.These two photos were taken just one minute apart. A few moments later, the sun disappeared completely below the horizon. This lovely scene brought to mind a verse from Psalms: “You make the lands of sunrise and sunset sing […]
Just moments before he flew off, I spotted this flashy Tri-colored Heron (sometimes still called the Louisiana Heron), in the pond this morning. Notice his slender, spear-like bill – compared to his head size, it is proportionately the longest bill of all the herons (The New Stokes Field Guide to Birds, Eastern Region, 2013). The Heron engaged in what David Sibley […]
The Kestrel suddenly appeared on a high tree over the marsh as I walked at the refuge this morning – what a lovely surprise! According to Florida Fish & Wildlife, the Southeastern American Kestrel (Falco sparverius paulus) is a permanent resident of Florida, whereas the common American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) that is found throughout the northern states is a winter migrant […]
There is something very exciting about watching a mama American Alligator guarding her nest for weeks all summer long, and then finally seeing these tiny creatures emerge in the fall! These 2 week old baby gators are no more than about 8-10 inches long. What a treat to watch the babies clamber all over one another and the […]