Monday, April 25, 2016

Pic of the Day

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus
Horse Cove; near Gurley, Alabama
     Shot this afternoon from my blind.  Rose-breasted Grosbeak are really moving through North Alabama right now, and I always look forward to the two weeks that they move through my area.  Black, white and red, what a beautiful color combination.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Pic of the Day

Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens:
Horse Cove; near Gurley, Alabama
     A beautiful morning afforded me the opportunity to spend some time in my blind photographing birds in my back yard.  This downy was busily feeding at my woodpecker feeder gathering food and taking it back to nestlings.  I was able to grab this shot before it gathered food and headed back to the nest.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/1000 second @ f/8

Friday, April 22, 2016

Pic of the Day

Whtie-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis:
Horse Cove; near Gurley, Alabama
     Finally, I have a white-breasted nuthatch I am happy with.  I shot this image this afternoon at my woodpecker / nuthatch feeder in my back yard.  I have been shooting  nuthatches for quite a while, but have not been very satisfied with the images I have taken, until this one.  it is just about the perfect pose and there seems to be enough detail.  However, I will keep shooting, hoping for something better.  I did have a great time.  Nothing I enjoy better than photographing the birds.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/80 second @ f/8

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Pic of the Day

Snowy Egret, Egretta thula:
Black Point Wildlife Drive; Merritt Island NWR near Titusville, Florida

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pic of the Day

Roseate Spoonbill, Platalea ajaja:
Black Point Wildlife Drive; Merritt Island NWR near Titusville, Florida
     This is the same spoonbill in the previous post.  As the bird moved from the beautiful blue background it walked into a reflection of mangrove trees and began its courting display.  This is a totally different look than the previous post, but the darker background provides a very nice contrast difference with the bird.  I had such great time photographing this bird.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/1250 second @ f/9

Monday, April 18, 2016

Pic of the Day

Roseate Spoonbill, Platalea ajaja:
Black Point Wildlife Drive; Merritt Island NWR near Titusville, Florida
     Another image from my morning shoot with a beautiful Roseate Spoonbill at Merritt Island NWR.  Blue water, pink feathers and a perfect pose, what else could I ask for.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/640 second @ f/9

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pic of the Day

Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis:  Viera Wetlands; Viera, Florida
     Late in evening before going to roost, Cattle Egrets at the Viera Wetlands were busily gathering nesting material and flying back to rookery.  The birds worked diligently gathering branch until the sun was on the horizon.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/8000 second @ f/7.1

Pic of the Day

Roseate Spoonbill, Platalea ajaja:  
Black Swamp Wildlife Drive; Merritt Island NWR near Titusville, Florida

     While driving along the Black Swamp Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island NWR, I found this pair of Roseate Spoonbills in perfect early morning light.  The birds were quite pensive when they suddenly launched into courting display.  With bill held high the male began strutting around the female who responded with raising its bill.  I photographed the birds for at least twenty minutes.  In this case, pink is certainly a manly color.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1250 second @ f9


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Pic of the Day

Pileated Woodpecker, Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Imperial Woodpecker:
photo by Bobby Harrison, courtesy of AMNH

     Follow the link below to follow Tim Gallagher's daily blog about his search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Cuba.

https://www.audubon.org/new/the-guest-ivory-billed-woodpecker-heads-cuba

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pic of the Day

Wood Stork, Mycteria americana:  Saint Augustine Alligator Farm
Saint Augustine, Florida

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pic of the Day

Snowy Egret, Egretta thula:  Saint Augustine Alligator Farm
Saint Augustine, Florida

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pic of the Day

Roseate Spoonbill, Platalea ajaja:  Saint Augustine Alligator Farm
Saint Augustine, Florida

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Pic of the Day

American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensi:  Saint Augustine Alligator Farm
Saint Augustine, Florida
     This gator is in the big pond under the heron rookery at the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm.  Usually the gators are lounging around the edge of the pond.  This gator (lounging around), happen to open its mouth, making a more interesting photo.  

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm, 1/2500 @ f/4.5

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Pic of the Day

Boat-tailed Grackle, Quiscalus major
Wakodahatchee Wetlands; Delray Beach, Florida

     I just love spring.  This handsome fellow was showing off to attract a female along the boardwalk at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, near Delray Beach, Florida.  Though the image was taken a few years ago, it is still one of my favorite images.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/250 second @ f/8

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pic of the Day

Great White Pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus:
Ding Darling NWR; Sanibel Island, Florida

Great White Pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus:
Ding Darling NWR; Sanibel Island, Florida


Great White Pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus; with 
American White Pelicans, Pelecanus erthrorhynchos
Ding Darling NWR; Sanibel Island, Florida
     On February 28, I arrived at Ding Darling NWR to photograph birds, and discovered that a Great White Pelican had arrived the same day.   The Great White Pelican breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia, and in Africa in swamps and shallow lakes.  As you can image the bird was making quite a splash (pun unintended, but works).
     At this date, a month later, I have not heard anything about the origin of the bird, but it did not have any bands.  The above images were taken on February 28, as the pelican rested on a sandbar.  The close-ups are heavily cropped.  By the way, when I arrived there were many, many birders observing this bird.  It was seen by a ton of people.