The

Photo Experience

      

Florida Birds

2020

  

               

      

 

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  Florida Birds

    

March 2020 

 

 

             Bookmarks:

                     Apopka Lake

                     GatorLand

                     Lake Kissimmee - Spoonbills

                     Lake Blue - Cyprus

                     Stick Marsh

                     Wakadahatchee

  

 

 

 

Spent a week in Florida in late February

 (Orlando, Vera Beach, and Delray)

photographing birds. 

 

I did make a side trip to

  

Mead Botanical Garden

 

  Day 1  Morning       (1)

  

Equipment:

D850 +150-600 G2

Z7 - Tamron 35-150

Z7 - Nikon 14-40 S

Tamron 1.4x

 

 

 

 

 

  

Apopka Lake

 

 

(South East of Orlando)

 

 

 

  

   

 

 

On Location

 

    

 

   

   

 

Landscape 1

 

Looks pretty

bleak but there

are a lot of birds

out there.

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Egret 1

  

We spent the

first couple hours

in the morning

scavenging the

shoreline for

birds. 

  

Most local

 photographers

just drove by us.

Amateurs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swamphen 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Great Blue 1

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Cormorant

Eating

Catfish - 1

  

 

This took a

while in

order to

position the

catfish aimed

 down at his

gullet. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Immature

Green Heron

Hunting

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Great Blue 2

 

 

There is no

shortage of

Great Blue

herons in the

Central Lakes

area. 

 

 

(p)

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Great Blue 3

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Anhinga 1

  

 

Otherwise

 known as the

 snake bird

named for its

 visible

neck above the

waterline when

swimming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alligator 1

 

 

Tree Hugger.

For city folk

like myself,

they are pretty

awesome

when you

first see them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Day 1 Afternoon       (7)

This place is

a hoot but it is

one of the best

rookeries in

Florida. 

  

               

 

 

  

Gatorland

 

 

(Orlando, FL)

 

 

 

  

   

 

On Location

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Alligator 1

 

 

Very satisfied.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Egret on

Alligator 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Egret on

Alligator 1

  

Yikes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Egret on

Alligator 2

 

 

Didn't really

expect to see

an egret on

an alligator

with his

reflection in

the water.   

 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Flying Egret 1

  

 

Numerous

opportunities to

photograph

egrets in flight.

I've never felt so

inept trying

to photograph

flying birds. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Flying Egrets 2

  

You get

lucky once in awhile and

capture a really

different

image. 

 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Alligators 3

  

When I want to

photograph

alligators, I

want to

photograph

alligators. 

 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Flying Egret 3

  

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Alligator 4

  

 

These guys are

old and move really slow. 

Great looking

teeth.  Not.

 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Flying Egret 4

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Lonely Croc 1

  

There are no

crocodiles in the

wild in Central

Florida. 

 

This guy was just

trying to cool off

with his mouth

open. 

 

Nice teeth though. 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Stork 1

  

Yes, these are

the birds that

deliver human

babies or at

least that is what

you tell your children. 

 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Alligators 2

  

My final and

almost favorite

alligator image.

Taken in bright

backlit lite

later in the

afternoon.  I

think it captures

the essence of

what it is to be

an alligator. 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Day 2         (4)

  

               

 

 

  

Lake Kissimmee

Overstreet Landing

   

(On way to Vero Beach)

 

 

 

  

 

On Location

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Landscape 1

 

You never know

what you are

going to see

as I left the

public restroom.

 

 

 

 

iPhone 10

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Flying

Limpkin

  

Don't often see

images like this.

More of a point,

shoot, luck, shot.

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Pastoral

Landscape 1

 

I like pastoral

images and then

throw in a flock

of birds.

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Pastoral

Landscape 2

 

Ahh, cows.

Lots of paintings

of California

in the 1800s

contained

cows.  Moo.

 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grackle

Eating Snail

 

The return of

some bird

species has returned due

to the

accidental

introduction of

some non-

native snails.

Increased the

food supply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bald Eagle

Taking Off

 

Spent most of

an afternoon

photographing

a pair of eagles

caring (term

used lightly)

for their eaglet

in a nest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eagle Nest

with Baby

 

Greedy baby

and dysfunctional

parents. 

Sounds like

humans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Bald Eagle 2

Landing

  

Good looking

bird.

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Day 3          (5)

  

               

 

 

  

Lake Blue

 

  

(On way to Delray)

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

On Location

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Egrets

Morning

Shore Side

  

Incredible

beauty but

I don't think

I captured the

experience very

well.  It was

friggin awesome. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Ibis Flock

  

Love flocks of

birds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osprey

Flying 1

 

The eye says

 it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osprey

with Fish

Flying 2

 

The desired

image is a flying

Osprey with a

whole fish.

So many shots

had a

partially eaten fish. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

2 Cormorants

  

This image

kind of popped

out of nowhere

but it seemed

 kind of artistic.

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Osprey

with Fish

Flying 3

  

beautiful blue

background

is the desired objective but

I don't care for

it that much. 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Swamp

Landscape 1

 

Being from arid

California, I

really like

 swamps. But

the weather was perfect.  I'm

sure it's not

like that most of the time.  No

mosquitoes either. 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Tail

 

Awesome tail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Spoonbill

& Ibis

  

Didn't expect

 these birds

in the same tree

at all.

  

Two species.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osprey 5

 

Almost deleted

this image. 

It's a lot

tougher than

it looks

catching  birds

taking off.

Thos claws are

incredible. 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swamp

Landscape 2

 

Awe, more

swamp. 

Really, this was

a bird work

shop, not

a swamp

workshop. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osprey 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osprey 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Landscape 2

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset

  

This setting

kind of caught

me by surprise.

I had no idea

it was getting so

late in the day.

 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

  Day 4          (6)

This row of

palm trees

looked awesome

because of the

lighting.  Came

back an hour

later, looked

flat and boring.

  

               

 

 

  

Stick Marsh

 

 

(Delray)

 

 

 

  

 

 

On Location

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Egrets Flying

  

I love images

of a bird

with another

bird flying in

the background

out if focus

including

mysterious

 clouds.

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Spoonbill

& Reflection

  

For me, this

image epitomizes

birds in Florida.

It's just not

a Flamingo.  I

actually like

Spoonbills more

than Flamingos.

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spoonbills

Nesting 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egret

Flying 2

 

Can't really

get enough images of

Egrets in

flight.

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spoonbill

Flying 1

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Spoonbill

Flying 2

  

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Anhinga 1

  

It took me

a couple days

to figure out

that the Anhinga

and Osprey were

the birds to

photograph.

 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Spoonbill

Flying 3

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Spoonbill

Flying 5

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Great Blue

Gliding 1

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Spoonbills

Flying 4 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Minimalist 1

 

Somehow,

this image needs to be set

aside from the

rest of the site.

Minimalist

images aren't

meant to be

included

with a bunch

of other images.

It's distracting. 

That's why I

put it at the end

this section

 

  

(p)

 

 

 

  Day 5          (8)

  

               

 

 

  

Wakadahatchee - 1

 

 

(Delray)

 

 

 

  

 

 

On Location

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Egret

Flying 1 

  

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

Wood Stork

Flying 1 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Egret

Reflection 1 

 

Getting the

reflection properly

exposed was

quite challenging

due to the

darkness of the

scene.

 

I had several opportunities but didn't quite

get it right.. 

 

 

(p)

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Great Blue

Heron

Reflection 1 

 

These were kind

of random

shots but turned

 out better

than I thought

they would.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Great Blue

Heron

Reflection 2 

 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Egret

Flying 2 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Anhinga

Flying 1 

 

This guy

was moving very

quickly and my

D850 was

actually able

to capture it,

especially

with all the

confusing leaves

in the

background.

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

Tricolored

Heron

Fishing

 

Only under certain

light do these

birds project

their gorgeous

blue color. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Wood Stork 3

  

Most birds

photographed

were collecting

nest materials. 

 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Egret

Primping

  

Didn't really see

many Egrets

primping their

feathers during

the trip.

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Anhinga

with

Tilapia

 

It was a real

treat (pun)

watching this

Anhinga take down the

Tilapia fish.

 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Wood Stork

Landing 2

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Great Blue

Heron

Wading

 

I like

 environmental

shots, especially

 with S curves. 

 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Swamphen

 

The greens

and blues are

even more

striking in

real life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Day 6          (3)

  

               

 

 

  

Wakadahatchee - 2

 

 

(Delray)

 

 

 

  

 

 

On Location

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

Anhinga

Flying

with Nesting

Materials

 

This guy takes

collecting

nesting materials

to a new height.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Whistling

Ducks

 

Grab shot.

Tried to get

against blue

sky but this

was kind of

interesting.

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Stork

  

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Lilly Pads

  

I turned around

from shooting

some birds and

saw this backlit

lily image

against the

bright sun.

 

 

 

(p)

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

Great Blue

Portrait

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

Baby

 Cormorants

Feeding

 

These babies,

almost as big

as their parents,

are super

aggressive

thrusting their

heads down the

throats of their

parents. 

Yes, both

parents feed the

children.

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

See You

Later ...

alligator.