Great Egret at Orlando Wetlands Park

This great egret, nearing its breeding plumage, is shown spearing its prey. When a great egret is in its full breeding plumage, the area around its eyes will turn a neon green and its breeding plumes will become longer.

Image Info: 300 mm, 1/800 at f/5.6, ISO 100 – Canon T6, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM.

Roseate Spoonbill Flies Through Orlando Wetlands Park

The roseate spoonbill with its bright pink plumage and spoon-shaped bill is a common sight in Florida’s wetlands. This beautiful bird was feeding in one location where I photographed, then flew across the wetland where I snapped this photo to another location where I continued to take more photos. I wish all my subjects were so cooperative.

Image Info: 300 mm, 1/500 at f/5.6, ISO 100 – Canon T6, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM.

Alligator at Orlando Wetlands Park

Alligators are arguably the most popular species in Florida. When I travel outside Florida and the outdoors and wildlife come up in conversation, people always ask “Have you ever seen an alligator?” That’s like asking someone from Minnesota if they’ve ever seen snow.

I’m always happy to show some of the alligators I’ve photographed through the years as they are the most willing subjects I’ve ever shot.

Image Info: 300 mm, 1/400 at f/5.6, ISO 100 – Canon T6, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Orlando Wetlands Park

The first time I saw and heard black-bellied whistling-ducks, I was bass fishing at a South Florida pond in the spring. At first I thought they were fulvous whistling-ducks but the pink lips didn’t look right.

After a bit of research I learned they were a relatively new species to Florida and it was believed they were swept north from South America during Hurricane Andrew, however my recent research hasn’t been able to verify this information.

They are large ducks around the size of mallards and fly nearly as fast, they flock in large numbers and are beautiful to watch and hear.

Image Info: 300 mm, 1/1000 at f/6.3, ISO 125 – Canon T6, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM.

Wood Stork Feeding at Orlando Wetlands Park

The average wood stork won’t win any beauty pageant but watching these birds is like watching poetry in motion. With their long legs and wood like bill they lumber along patiently looking for their next meal. When they find something they can get pretty excited as this bird did.

Image Info: 300 mm, 1/800 at f/5.6, ISO 100 – Canon T6, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM.

Wild Parrots in Flight

The parrots have been around but have been difficult to photograph in good light. I hear them in the afternoon and early morning, I even saw a few in a tree near my home last week but the lighting was bad. Yesterday morning while waiting for a mating pair of common mergansers to come into range, I heard these two coming my way and caught them in flight with fair lighting and flying pretty close, sometimes I get really lucky.

Image Info: 135 mm, 1/1250 at f/5.0, ISO 125 – Canon T6, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM.

Alligator at Viera Wetlands

After all the rain and cold of last week the gators were out of water everywhere at Viera Wetlands. This gator was about seven feet long and was happy that the sun was out and the temperature had warmed to the mid 70s.

Image Info: 300 mm, 1/1250 at f/5.6, ISO 320 – Canon T6, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM.