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.

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.

White Ibis Feeding at Viera Wetlands

The most common bird I encounter is the white ibis as I see them everywhere I go including my own yard. Watching white ibis feed and interact is fascinating for reasons I can’t easily explain. They get all possessive and show off when they get a meal, even though their behavior causes others to try to take it away. Their snowy white appearance, redish pink faces and steely blue eyes make them one of my favorite subjects.

Image Info: 300 mm, 1/500 at f/9, ISO 200 – Canon 5D III, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM.