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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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Beaches and coasts!


While it might not be summer beach weather, there's still no better place to be than the beach! This month we are featuring images from all across Florida's 1350-mile coastline.


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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 songbirds 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


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