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A Bird is Three Things: Feathers, Flight and Song

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Notes from the Field is our brand new and updated blog (complete with a new look) that will relate experiences and stories about photographing all that is wild in Florida. It has replaced our “New Photos” page, and all of our new images will be presented here - including stories of what was involved to get these shots - camera tips and tricks for other photographers who really enjoy nature and the outdoors and want to learn more. You might even get a chuckle or two out of it!

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Mammals!

January is usually the coldest month of winter in Florida, and unlike the rest of the country when wildlife sightings are rare or unavailable, we here in the Sunshine State have all the wildlife we can handle!

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Birds

  • Male cardinals begin territorial singing later in the month.
  • Roseate spoonbill nesting activity is in full swing in Florida Bay.
  • Look for red-tailed hawks and kestrels along highways.
  • Huge clouds of tree swallows should be visible around sunset roosting over large marsh areas.
  • Now is a great time to watch our over-wintering populations of ducks and geese.
  • Cedar waxwings and robins are eating fruits such as holly berries.
  • Early returning purple martins can be seen in South Florida.
  • Other nesting activity can be seen by ospreys, sandhill cranes, hawks, and owls.

Mammals

  • Gray foxes, bobcats, and raccoons are at peak of courtship and breeding this month.
  • Deer reach the peak of the rutting season in North Florida.
  • Black bears in North Florida are sleeping in dens.
  • Peak of wild hog farrowing season.

Fish

  • Black crappie start feeding heavily in central Florida.
  • Striped bass and sunshine bass move into open water to feed on shad.

Wildflowers

  • Carolina yellow jessamine blooms in north and central Florida woods.

Orchids

  • Wister's coralroot will begin to appear, often in large colonies, throughout parts of Central and North Florida forests and woodlands.
  • The dingy-flowered star orchid begins to spike and flower in the pop ash and pond apple trees of SW Florida swamps and wetlands. You might have to wade through icy water to see these beauties up close.

Data provided in part by UF Florida Wildlife Extension


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Updates


I have the great honor to announce that my whooping crane photograph taken in 2008 in Central Florida was selected to be in the 2011 National Audubon Society calendar! Read more about it HERE.

Whooping Crane

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