108-More Everglades—Susan Kirby

108 – More Everglades—Susan Kirby

Here’s another talented photographer. The photo-bug bit her a little more than a year ago—and look at these photos now!

Sunset at the Monogamy Hammock. This place is about as deep into the everglades as you can get without an airboat. And it is typical of the everglades landscape.

The Sea of Grass - by Susan Kirby

The Sea of Grass – by Susan Kirby

 

Feeding time for the Cormorant family

Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus by Susan Kirby

 

 

What is he looking at?

Ospey Pandion Haliaetus by Susan Kirby

Ospey Pandion Haliaetus by Susan Kirby

 

Susan! How did you get this bird to pose so gracefully? How much did you have to pay him?

Egretta tricolor by Susan Kirby

Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor by Susan Kirby

I think there is still more coming.

107-More Everglades—Bill Kellermeyer’s Photos

107-More Everglades—Bill Kellermeyer’s Photos

Bill Kellermeyer sent me some of his photos—one of which I’m sorry I missed by being in the wrong place at the right time. This iguana posed for several people, and bill did a great job on it by getting down on the animal’s level.

Iguana

Iguana

 

Here’s a nice action shot. The Splash!

Green Heron Diving

Green Heron Diving

And the catch! A nice little snack—if you’re a Green Heron:-).

Green Heron with Catch

Green Heron with Catch

Detail.

Green Heron Detail

Green Heron Detail

More to come . . .

106-More Everglades—Lee Adler’s Photos

amphen – by Lee Adler

106-More Everglades—Lee Adler’s Photos

Lee Adler sent me some of his impressive work from our everglades workshop.

This one was correctly labeled Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio. Sometimes mistaken for its cousin, the Purple Gallinule, but much larger, and does not have the bright yellow feet and yellow tipped bill. This is an introduced, non-native bird—probably the result of escapes from the Miami Zoo in 1996 (?).

Swamphen - by Lee Adler

Swamphen – by Lee Adler

 

I missed this Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher. While I was searching out the activity of an Osprey nest, several members of the crew escaped that mosquito ravaged area, and came upon this little gem of a bird. If this bird had come to where I was, he would have been well fed.

Scissor Tailed Flycatcher - by Lee Adler

Scissor Tailed Flycatcher – by Lee Adler

 

This cooperative Osprey sat quietly while everyone got a nice well posed portrait. Then he flew, and all I heard was rapid-fire clicking.

Osprey - by Lee Adler

Osprey – by Lee Adler

 

A Red Shouldered Hawk flew in for a closeup.

Red Shouldered Hawk - by Lee-Adler

Red Shouldered Hawk – by Lee-Adler

More to come . . .

105 – Everglades 2016

Last week (March 4-6, 2016) was our 17th Annual Everglades Photo Weekend Workshop. And as usual, our group (Class of 2016) :-) came back with some beautiful photos and a most pleasant experience.

Group shot:

Group shot by Milton Heiberg

Group shot by Milton Heiberg

Jeffri Moore just sent me a few of her photos, and I’m compelled to show them off.

Sunset at Pa Hey Okee by Jeffri Moore:

Sunset at Pa-Hay-Okee by Jeffri Moore

Sunset at Pa-Hay-Okee by Jeffri Moore:

 

Sunrise at Nine Mile Pond by Jeffri Moore

Sunrise at Nine Mile Pond by Jeffri Moore

 

Purple Gallinule by Jeffri Moore

Purple Gallinule by Jeffri Moore

I took this one with my Android cell phone:

Sunrise at Nine Mile Pond by Milton Heiberg

Sunrise at Nine Mile Pond by Milton Heiberg

More to come . . .

104 – Backyard Bald Eagles

Backyard Bald Eagles

Today, January 31, 2016, as every day at anywhere between 11:00am and 2:00pm our Bald Eagles show up for their lunch break. Sometimes one will show up, sometimes both at different time, and sometimes together—and sometimes they bring the kids! Today the 2-year old showed up buy himself first.

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Did a circle and hid himself in a tree. Then one adult came along and bathed.

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These are just a few of the 252 shots I took in a 5-minute session—mostly at 10 frames per second.

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These birds usually fly as soon as they see me, so I try to stay under cover, and move slowly. The Eagles vision is 42 times greater than humans, so not much gets by them. Today I approached under cover of the large Live Oak in my backyard—in a path completely out of his sight. As soon as I slowly brought my camera around the tree trunk, I got his icy stare. I guess I’d feel the same way if I caught someone taking pictures of me in the shower:-).

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However, today he finished his bath and shook himself dry.

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These photos may not present our national emblem at its most well-groomed dignity. But that’s life!

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All of these photos were taken with a Canon 7D Mark II, and a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II lens.

Settings: Av Mode, widest aperture, ISO 400, speeds varied from 1/2000 to 1/500 sec.

‘Til next time, thanks for stopping by.

Milton

103 – Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

 

Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

This past Sunday, January 24, 2016, was the end of the 17th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida. It began on the prior Tuesday which began five days of four whole hours of sleep each night—after day classes and sunrise photoshoots. A grueling week, but most enjoyable, doing what I love to do best. Teaching and photographing the birds and wildlife.

It was surprisingly good with the photo-ops despite the temperature in the 30’s with strong winds at our Bio Lab Road sunrise.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Osprey at Bio Lab Road

Osprey 1

Osprey 1

Osprey 2

Osprey 2

The Forster’s Terns were abundant and well fed at Black Point Drive.

Foster's Tern 1

Forster’s Tern 1

Foster's Tern 2

Forster’s Tern 2

Foster's Tern 3

Forster’s Tern 3

One Bald Eagle came in to see what I was doing—so I took his picture.

Bald Eagle 1

Bald Eagle 1

Bald Eagle 2

Bald Eagle 2

There were hundreds of Spoonbills.

Roseate Spoonbill 1

Roseate Spoonbill 1

Roseate Spoonbill 2

Roseate Spoonbill 2

Hundreds of White Pelicans.

White Pelican

White Pelican

Sunset

Sunset

And not a bad sunset with a flock of Avocets put in for the night.

All of the bird shots were taken with a Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L II lens and a 7D Mark II body at ISO 400, usually at speeds above 1/2000 sec. at the largest aperture in AV mode. The sunrise and sunset with a Canon 5D Mark II, and a 24-105 f/4L lens. I’m too lazy to look up the actual individual settings. Live with it:-).

 

102 – Everglades Weekend

Less than two months from now—March 4–6 2016 will be my 17th Annual Everglades Photo Workshop Weekend. The Everglades is the place where one can lose one’s self to nature for three days, and feel that the rest of the world is unimportant. Here are some of the photos from past years.

Sunrise at Nine Mile Pond

Sunrise at Nine Mile Pond

Sunrise at Nine Mile Pond

Sunset at Pa-hay-okee about twenty miles from nowhere.

Sunset at Pa-hay-okee

Sunset at Pa-hay-okee

While the sun is rolling through the sky, here’s some of the creatures we can depend on seeing.

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

 

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

 

Yellowlegs at Eco Pond

Yellowlegs at Eco Pond

 

The Anhinga Trail is a place where we get close to nesting Anhinga, and where the Anhinga’s feel perfectly safe.

Male Anhinga feeding its young.

Anhinga Feeding

Anhinga Feeding

They know you will not jump in the alligator’s territory to climb their tree.

It's OK! He escaped.

It’s OK! He escaped.

The happy ending of this story is—the turtle escaped while the gator was trying to get a better grip!

Osprey

Osprey

If the Osprey doesn’t want to be disturbed while he’s eating, he will try to stare you down.

Osprey with Fish

Osprey with Fish

And then show you what he really thinks of you!

Osprey Poopshot

Osprey Poopshot

At a more peaceful moment . . .

Osprey Feeding Young

Osprey Feeding Young

Sometimes the ugliest birds turn out to be the most beautiful.

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Sunset Somewhere in Central Everglades

Sunset Somewhere in Central Everglades

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