Thursday, May 30, 2019

Florida Fotos; Early May Visit

My wife Brenda and I took a road trip to visit our Florida family in early May.  While the primary focus of our adventure was spending time with family, no trip to this bird paradise is complete without at least a little time spent behind the camera.  This collection of images were captured during two mornings along Joe Overstreet Road, Kenansville FL.

A Little Blue Heron displays incredible concentration while hunting

The phrase, light as a feather, popped to mind as I photographed this Purple Gallinule walking across the lily pads. 

Joe Overstreet Landing is a popular place to photograph the endangered Florida Snail Kite.
The Snail Kite eats only Apple Snails as seen here clutched in its talons.

Hovering above the aquatic vegetation, the leg bands are clearly visible on this bird.

Airboat rides are a poplar attraction offered at Joe Overstreet Landing.

A Meadow Lark sings from atop a fence post along the roadside.

A cow and calf watch intently as I pass by.  Most of the cattle here are of heat resistant breeds 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Green Heron Exposed!

Green Herons spend most of their time hidden in the heavy foliage along the water's edge.  I was fortunate to encounter this heron walking a floating log in a shallow cove on Raystown Lake.  The bird allowed my boat to approach to within a few feet as I photographed it using a Canon EOS 6D and 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS USM. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Traveling South, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

My wife and I recently made a road trip south to visit with family in central Florida.  On the way down we overnighted in Hardeeville South Carolina.  After getting a room and a meal under our belts we took advantage of the remaining daylight to make a quick pass through the Savannah National Wildlife refuge. Alligators were the most conspicuous wildlife.  With cameras at the ready, I returned before dawn for another quick pass through the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive before continuing our journey southward.

 A Grackle greets the dawn

Port cranes of the nearby Ocean Terminal 


 A watchful Alligator rest among the reeds

Bobolink feeding on grass seeds

A picturesque spot on the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive