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The Birds of Southwest Florida

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North American Wildlife Potpourri #4 - Florida

The Sunshine State. After an inexcusable absence, I’m back with some new photos!

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The Native North American Amaryllis – A Delicate Beauty!

There is a brand new section in the Wildflowers Galleries today, and it is all about the close relative of the lily...

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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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February is a special time for wildflower hunters in North Florida. One of the most spectacular finds are the several species of trilliums that are not only very rare, but are protected too!

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Birds

  • Ospreys will begin nesting in North Florida near the end of the month.
  • North Florida woodcocks begin courtship behavior. Listen at dusk for their "peenting" in open fields.
  • Magnificent frigatebirds begin nesting in mangroves in the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas.
  • Pileated Woodpeckers begin their mating season and will start announcing territories by drumming on various objects including houses and telephone poles.
  • Little blue and tri-colored herons, wood and mottled ducks, and snail kites are beginning their nesting season.
  • Purple Finches and Pine Siskins begin their migration back to northern nesting areas.
  • Swallow-tailed kites begin returning to Florida from South America.
  • Greater sandhill cranes migrate from Florida northward to Michigan and Wisconsin.
  • Wood storks nesting in Corkscrew Swamp.
  • Snowy plovers start nesting.
  • Sooty terns nesting in the Dry Tortugas.
  • Wild turkeys and quail mate in South Florida.
  • Florida burrowing owls begin their nesting season.
  • Early purple martin scouts will start to appear in Florida this month.
  • Screech owls begin nesting in the central region of the state.

Mammals

  • Striped skunks begin their breeding season.
  • Eastern moles are breeding this month in tunnels under our lawns.
  • Pocket gophers begin their spring breeding season.
  • First litters of gray squirrels are born.
  • Bear cubs born in dens this month.
  • Deer fawns born in South Florida.
  • Watch for manatees in spring runs.

Reptiles

  • Alligator snapping turtles will start mating this month, with nesting activity throughout the spring.
  • American crocodiles begin mating, followed by nesting in April.
  • Leatherback sea turtles begin nesting on sandy beaches along the southeast coast.

Fish

  • Crappie and striped bass are spawning.
  • Large schools of Spanish mackerel roam Florida Bay.

Plants and Wildflowers

  • Look for yellow jessamine in treetops.
  • Trilliums and dogtooth violets bloom in Panhandle Ravines
  • Bald cypress trees leaf out in Big Cypress Swamp.

Orchids

  • Speckled Ladies'-tresses appear in remote damp woodlands.
  • Green adder's mouth orchids begin to appear in mixed forests in Central and North Florida.
  • Keep an eye out for bright red Fakahatchee beaked orchids in the Corkscrew Swamp and Fakahatchee Strand.

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.

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