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.
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.
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.
This sandhill crane was flying into the late day sun near my home in Melbourne.
Image Info: 187 mm, 1/1250 at f/5.6, ISO 500 – Canon T6, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM.
Blue-winged teal are among the most common waterfowl at MINWR. They’re wary, fast and always fun to photograph. This photo was taken on the Black Point Wildlife Drive.
Image Info: 300 mm, 1/1250 at f/6.3, ISO 200 – Canon T6, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM.
This hawk took flight from the rooftop of my home, I’m in a good area where hawks regularly frequent and have had three dive right at me.
Image Info: 165 mm, 1/1250 at f/5.6, ISO 200 – Canon T6, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM.
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These glossy ibis are sometimes confused with immature white ibis or limpkin.
Image Info: 226 mm, 1/2500 at f/5.6, ISO 250 – Canon 5D III, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM.
This blue heron crossed my path at MINWR over the weekend.
Image Info: 300 mm, 1/1250 at f/5.6, ISO 250 – Canon 5D III, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM.