Thursday, April 30, 2020

Black-Crowned Night Heron

A branch snapped as I crept into a hiding place.  This guy fled the scene.

Fortunately, he took up a spot in a leafy tree across a small pond, where he was still visible.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

An Ibis Jumping

Why photograph a single ibis?  They are like pigeons and squirrels.  Everywhere.

But this one caught my eye.  It was balancing precariously up high, 
on a windy day, on the limb of a dead tree.

It lost its balance and tried to fly to the next limb.

Heck with this.  It kept flying and left.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

At Work

I appreciate the health care workers, the delivery people, the grocery workers, etc.
But, it was good to see someone working on things other than the virus during this shutdown.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Great Blue Heron

I had not seen a great blue heron in decent light for a couple of weeks.
But, I am beginning to see them again.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Two Rosies

Late in the afternoon and two roseate spoonbills were thinking about a nap.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Little Blue Heron

Their bills turn blue in breeding season.  This bird's bill was a particularly rich shade of blue.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

White Peacock Butterfly

This butterfly flew over, found a spot near my feet and opened its wings for me.

It is a White Peacock  (Anartia jatrophae) and is pretty banged up.

A few days later another posed for me.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Something Different

The birds said, "Leave us alone!"

OK.  But there is not much material when you haven't left the community for a month.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Three Rosies

Three roseate spoonbills looking for food.

Here they are joined by a great white egret and a snowy egret.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

An Angry Blue Jay

I saw an eagle in a tree.  As I began taking pictures, I saw a small bird attacking the eagle.
It was a very unhappy blue jay.  There must have been a nest nearby.

The eagle was many times the size of the jay, but the jay was undaunted.  Still, the eagle stood its ground.  I had to leave after ten minutes, so I didn't get to see the outcome.  Did the eagle leave?  
Or did it find the nest and the eggs or chicks?

Friday, April 17, 2020


A trio of ibises hung out together in water that was still enough for reflections.

On another day there were more.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020


An osprey in a scrub pine tree.

So long as I need to stay (close to) home during this pandemic, I am happy that there is 
so much wildlife in my community to keep my camera and me entertained 
while I hop in my golf cart and wander around.

And, yesterday, another osprey stood atop a dead tree.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Another Immature Bald Eagle

A couple of days after yesterday's shots, I came upon another (or the same?) young bald eagle.

I was able to creep up closer for some portraits.  

When I pushed my luck too far, he flew away.

Monday, April 13, 2020

An Immature Bald Eagle

A young bald eagle wrestled with a fish carcass.  It had little luck and could have used
 some educational assistance from an adult.

This eagle was probably two to three years old.  They don't get their white heads and brown bodies until they are four or later.  Technically, a young eagle at this stage is supposed to be called a
sub-adult instead of immature, but I don't want to show off.  Here is my source.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter

It's sure not the usual bright colored and happy Easter this year.
But, we do still have Easter bunnies.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Friday, April 10, 2020

Roseate Spoonbill and Friends

A roseate spoonbill flapped its wings while a pair of black-necked stilts wandered nearby.

And a tricolored heron strolled past.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Black-necked Stilt

The black-necked stilt is a medium-sized shorebird with a black head, neck and back and 
a mostly white belly.  Its super-long legs are a noteworthy feature.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Whoever named it didn't know the difference between a head and a belly.