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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!


Because Florida is world-renowned for its spectacular birds, dangerous reptiles, exotic orchids and other wildflowers, mammals are usually left out of the discussion of our native wildlife. Now it's time to give them a moment in the spotlight!

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Birds

  • Great horned and barred owls are courting; listen for their hooting.
  • Belted kingfishers become more common as winter migrants join resident populations.
  • Goldfinches are plentiful in North Florida.
  • Nesting season begins for ospreys in South Florida.
  • In North Florida, bald eagles start hatching about Christmas day.
  • Snail kites gather in large south Florida roosts, as courtship and nesting activity begins.
  • This is the best time for watching waterfowl on wetlands, lakes, and prairies.
  • Yellow-rumped warblers will show-up at feeders if it is cold enough.

Mammals

  • Right whales appear off east coast, north of Sebastian Inlet.
  • During cold spells, manatees congregate at natural springs and industrial warm water sites.
  • Bears are still on the move. Watch out for them in Lake, Collier, Marion, Highlands, Jefferson, Gulf, Volusia and Hernando counties.
  • Opossum breeding now through mid-summer.

Fish

  • Oscars abundant in Everglades Water Conservation Area canals, taking worms, crickets, and beetle spins.

Orchids

  • Look for the diminutive Ionopsis utricularoides, as it will start to spike and bloom high in the trees above in the sloughs of SW Florida.
  • Southern Twayblades begin to blossom in wooded areas of North and Central Florida. Look carefully - they blend well with their surroundings!

Data provided in part by UF Florida Wildlife Extension


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

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AND ALL PLANTS, INCLUDING ORCHIDS, ARE NATIVE AND NON-CULTIVATED.


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