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  1. Cattle egret in breeding colors

    Cattle egret in breeding colors

    These normally drab looking egrets, all white with dull yellow bill and mostly black legs, become quite colorful during breeding season - turning on the yellow-orange feathers on the back and head, the legs can turn reddish, and the bill takes on a rainbow of yellow, orange, pink, and purple.
  2. Least bittern sneaking around

    Least bittern sneaking around

    A male least bittern, stalking above the water on the reeds to avoid alerting the fish below to its presence - the brown and white striping a perfect camouflage for a fish looking up through the water.
  3. Boat-tailed grackle - Shiny males

    Boat-tailed grackle - Shiny males

    The large male is black with lots of iridescence, with that giant tail standing out, while the females are quite a bit smaller and all brown. these two males seemed to be competing with each other for the attentions of the females - lots of head-raising and calling until one flew off
  4. Zackiedawg

    Comment by 'Zackiedawg' in media 'Black-bellied whistling duck - blue-eyed son'

    Many thanks. We are lucky to have dozens, sometimes hundreds, gathered for the day in one of my local wetlands. They'll spend much of the day floating around in the water, or up on the bank or grass islands taking naps or resting. You can walk by them within 10-15 feet and they won't spook...
  5. A slightly different Yellow-rumped warbler

    A slightly different Yellow-rumped warbler

    This unique looking yellow-rumped warbler I've been fortunate enough to photograph for 3 straight years, during its migration through my area. It always comes back to the same two trees in the same wetlands, and due to its partial leucism, it stands out from the others. If you couldn't already...
  6. Black-bellied whistling duck - blue-eyed son

    Black-bellied whistling duck - blue-eyed son

    Black-bellied whistling ducks have brown eyes...unless you find one with a genetic anomaly. This one had striking blue eyes, which stands out more than you'd think when you are looking at 20-30 whistling ducks that all look the same...except one
  7. Wurdemann's heron

    Wurdemann's heron

    A great blue heron intermediate morph that occurs when a great blue heron and a great white heron (which is a specific morph of great blue heron found in South Florida that presents as all white) mate...the Wurdemann's heron is an odd hybrid that's quite rare and a treat to see
  8. Zackiedawg

    Comment by 'Zackiedawg' in media 'Great blue heron bringing home the dinner'

    Thank you all - very much appreciated!
  9. Great blue heron bringing home the dinner

    Great blue heron bringing home the dinner

    The always-excellent fishermen, this great blue heron was bringing a nice fish catch back home to its chicks nesting nearby
  10. Green-winged teal

    Green-winged teal

    Beautiful cinnamon-headed duck with the electric green eye stripe - a winter duck for us, and more rare of a sighting than the blue-winged teals, but a pleasure when we do get to see them
  11. Least tern

    Least tern

    Tiny little terns often seen at our beaches, but like to visit the wetlands too for the good fishing
  12. Zackiedawg

    Comment by 'Zackiedawg' in media 'Northern curly-tailed lizard'

    I believe I have 31 species that I have photos of from the pool, including birds, reptiles, and mammals. Another 6 I have seen but don't have photos of. And 10 more photos if you include insects. Not too bad for floating around in a pool with a cooler of drinks and my camera and lens beside...
  13. Northern cardinal

    Northern cardinal

    Today's three posts didn't require going very far to shoot. All three were taken while soaking in my swimming pool in my backyard. And this beautiful burst of red color is hard to miss in my tropical green backyard...the lovely male cardinal.
  14. Northern curly-tailed lizard

    Northern curly-tailed lizard

    Today's three posts didn't require going very far to shoot. All three were taken while soaking in my swimming pool in my backyard. This time, a reptile - one of 8-10 species of reptile found commonly around most Florida homes. No big wonder how this fella got its name - the chubby and bold...
  15. Brown thrasher

    Brown thrasher

    Today's three posts didn't require going very far to shoot. All three were taken while soaking in my swimming pool in my backyard. First, this lovely brown thrasher - a great bird to have visiting the yard with its diverse song repertoire and great pattern
  16. Zackiedawg

    Comment by 'Zackiedawg' in media 'Chuck-will's-widow'

    The eyes are usually more slit like this during the day - they either nap with eyes closed, or open just a slit to make sure all is safe...but the eyes can open up fully and much larger...I think they'd likely only do this at night though, as they're nocturnal birds with great night vision much...
  17. Chuck-will's-widow

    Chuck-will's-widow

    Another funny looking bird with a funny name, like its cousin the whip-poor-will. Night jars are strange looking creatures and wonderfully camouflaged...when they're on the ground or against a tree trunk. This one didn't seem to grasp the concept of camouflage, sitting up on a green leafy...
  18. American white pelicans

    American white pelicans

    One of our largest birds of any type, these huge pelicans gather down here in winter in groups of dozens, but you never know where you'll find them...they could show up in a local wetlands, or a golf course lake!
  19. Sandhill crane gang

    Sandhill crane gang

    Watching this trio of sandhill cranes marching along together in shallow water made me think of a scene from 'West Side Story' with the Jets gang...they almost looked like they were choreographed!
  20. Zackiedawg

    Comment by 'Zackiedawg' in media 'Black and white warbler'

    Thanks Daniel. I've got plenty of upside down and sideways shots of them too! They never seem to stop moving around, so definitely hard targets to photograph! Just got a lucky moment as it came to the top of the branch.
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