Having a rare Monday off from work, and wanting to go birding at someplace other than my usual spots, I headed down to Osceola County to return to Joe Overstreet Road.
Between clouds and rain showers, I was able to visit my three go-to spots for birding – Orlando Wetlands, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive – in the first two weeks of January.
When I visited the Orlando Wetlands on the first day of 2023, I didn’t know that spur-of-the-moment trip would launch me into a new hobby. But seeing all the different birds at the Wetlands that sunny and gorgeous New Year’s Day got me to start paying closer attention the the feathered folks who had been…
Winter birding: A quick trip to western North Carolina gave me a handful of new-to-me birds plus some other familiar ones.
I came across two new-to-me birds: A Grey-headed Swamphen and a Ring-necked Duck. Plus, I got to photograph some others I have photographed before.
In addition to seeing some new birds, I also came across some regulars who became part of some of my favorite photos of 2023.
An early morning visit to Merritt Island delivered Roseate Spoonbills Wood Storks, Reddish Egrets, Great Herons, Osprey, Scrub-Jays and lots and lots of different ducks.
I was getting ready to photograph some Mallards, when an adult male Bald Eagle swooped in to do some hunting. Suddenly, a second Bald Eagle appeared. Then the battle started.
There have been flamingos in the Indian River before, but it is pretty rare. I got up very early on a Saturday morning to try to get some pictures of them.
Hooded Mergansers, very colorful members of the duck family, have joined the flock of “snowbirds” coming back to Florida for the winter.