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A Bird is Three Things: Feathers, Flight and Song

A quick post for today, and a trio of brand new photos of some of North America’s most beautiful coastal birds...

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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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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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Brushfoots!

These often beautifully patterned and colored butterflies include the monarchs, crescents, buckeyes and fritillaries and are members of the largest butterfly family in the world - with over 6000 species!

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Birds

  • White pelicans begin migrating south to Florida.
  • Cedar waxwings come south for the winter. Their flocks can be seen on cedars, hollies, cherry laurels, privet, and other fruit plants.
  • Look for downy, hairy, red-bellied, and redheaded woodpeckers on suet feeders.
  • Watch for northern harriers gliding low over the marshes.
  • Bald eagles begin their nesting season. Look for spectacular aerial courtship displays.
  • Sandhill cranes return in full force from their breeding grounds up north. (Only a small number live here all year round).
  • Many yellow-rumped warblers and palm warblers will be in neighborhoods, natural areas, and yards, and gray catbirds have already arrived, and will be skulking (and cat-calling!) in thickets.
  • Kinglets, phoebes, robins, and other northern sogbirds have arrived for the winter.

Mammals

  • Peak of deer rutting in central and north Florida.
  • Bears are on the move and crossing roads, especially in Central Florida.
  • As water temperatures lower, manatees begin to move to relatively warm waters at springs. Boaters beware of idle speed zones.
  • Look for migrating hoary and red bats in North Florida. The hoary is a large bat with frosted fur.

Amphibians

  • Ornate chorus frogs begin calling.

Fish

  • Spotted sea trout should enter tidal creeks around Thanksgiving.
  • Bass congregate around jetties in south end of Lake George.

Trees

  • Cypress begin turning a rust color.

Orchids

  • Yellow helmet orchids are blooming in profusion in Southwest Florida swamps - prepare to get into the water to see these!
  • Fragrant ladies'-tresses can be found in flower throughout most of the state in shady wetlands.

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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