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A Wonderful Bird is the Pelican…

His beak can hold more than his belly can. He can hold in his beak Enough food for a week! But I’ll be darned if I know...

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North American Wildlife Potpourri #2

For some reason these 14 photographs were sitting, hidden from the light of day on my hard drive array and although...

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Swallowtail Butterflies of the American Southeast

Today I’m going to do a short and sweet post with a lot of photos highlighting three of the most beautiful swallowtails...

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We are extremely happy and proud to announce a new way of providing you with the very best professional prints for your office, home or gallery. Now we are offering not only prints, but a whole new range of customized frames, mats, and other accessories! All prints are shipped within three business days and come with a no questions asked 30 day return policy.

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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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Bromeliads!

In Florida, one can't help but notice the bromeliads that are around us everywhere. Locally known as air plants, they are found in denser numbers toward the south, and in the northern part of the state they are most often seen as Spanish Moss.

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Birds

  • Vultures return to the Miami Courthouse and other areas in South Florida (Turkey Vultures, that is).
  • Northeast Florida: Look for migrating Peregrine falcons in natural areas, especially along the coast as they follow shorebird prey.
  • Warbler migration peaks early this month.
  • Peak in chimney swift migrations in South Florida.
  • Sandhill cranes that nested in more northern latitudes begin to move down to join our resident birds.
  • Ducks begin to arrive for the winter.
  • Grosbeaks, warblers, tanagers, orioles, and thrushes begin migrating south for the winter.

Mammals

  • Flying squirrels will be raising their second litters and moving into pecan groves as the nuts ripen.
  • Black bears feeding heavily in preparation for winter.
  • Gray foxes begin mating this month.
  • Deer mating season begins in northeast and central Florida.

Reptiles and Amphibians

  • Flatwoods salamanders breed with the first heavy rains of October.
  • Sea turtles emerge from their nests and head for the ocean.

Invertebrates

  • Monarch butterfly migration nears its peak along Florida's Gulf coast. Many can be seen at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge.

Fish

  • Redfish and trout move up creeks and rivers in north Florida.
  • Fall spawning of redear sunfish.
  • Largemouth bass active in cooler waters.

Plants and Wildflowers

  • Plant trees and shrubs, like holly and dogwood, that produce berries to feed wildlife.
  • Blazing star, summer farewell and other wildflowers bloom in pine uplands.

Orchids

  • Northern and Southern oval ladies'-tresses begin to bloom in North Florida forests.
  • Lawn orchids begin to appear along roadsides, gardens, and yards across the state and will continue to appear until the end of winter.

Data provided in part by UF Florida Wildlife Extension


FloridaNaturePhotography is a part of Leighton Photography & Imaging - our local photography business based in Tallahassee, Fl. Nature photography is a large part of what we do, but we are by no means limited to just that. Click HERE to find out more about our company.

Our photographs not related to nature photography can be seen HERE in our online gallery, or through Fine Art America.

If you are or represent a gallery, publisher/publication, exhibition, event, vendor/reseller, or any other group interested in our work, please contact Rich or Galina Leighton HERE for more information.


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

We were the feature story in "Getaways by Design - The Online Magazine for Florida Travel" and it was a great opportunity to tell a little about our nature photography. Read it here - "Interview with Rich Leighton of Florida Nature Photography" by Marcus Adkins.

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