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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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Mushrooms!

Summer and fall rains summon a spectacular array of these colorful and diverse fungi. Open the gallery and see if you've seen any of these in your part of the Sunshine State!



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Birds

  • Warblers migrate southward.
  • Peak of hurricane season - watch for unusual bird sightings following tropical storms.
  • Bald eagles return to nest sites and begin courtship.
  • Hawks begin migrating; watch for them along both coasts and in the Florida Keys.
  • Florida scrub-jay fledgelings have completely blue heads, having lost their brown juvenile plumage.

Mammals

  • In late September gray bats migrate to north Alabama for winter hibernation.
  • The rut begins for Key deer.
  • Start looking for manatees concentrated in rivers, bays, and near power plants.
  • White-tailed deer breeding begins in South Florida flatwoods.

Reptiles and Amphibians

  • Green sea turtles continue to nest; loggerhead leave Florida shores to begin their migrations.
  • Lights out! Sea turtles emerge from their nests and head for the ocean. Females may become confused by lights on the beach.
  • Start listening for spadefoot toads after heavy rains.

Invertebrates

  • Panhandle blue crabs migrate to deeper water for winter.
  • Lovebugs, or Bibionidae flies, mate in the middle of roadways.

Fish

  • Atlantic sturgeon begin fall migration from the Suwannee and Apalachicola Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico.

Wildflowers

  • First signs of leaves changing color, blazing star, rabbit tobacco and blue curls abloom.

Orchids

  • Peak blooming period for water-spider orchids in Central Florida.
  • The ribbon orchid begins to bloom in the Fakahatchee Strand.
  • The hairy shadow-witch orchid starts to flower and can be seen all throughout the fall in moist woodlands.

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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