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Florida Wildlife Calendar: February 2021

Florida Nature Facts: Updated Daily

Featured Gallery of the Month: Reptiles!

Latest Photos, Videos and Recordings

Upcoming Photography Workshops: Delayed Until Fall 2021

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Florida Wildlife Calendar: March

  • Migrating songbirds, in full breeding plumage, arrive in waves each week from Central and South America.
  • Mourning doves nest now through November.
  • Carolina wrens are nesting now.
  • First mangrove cuckoos return to the Keys.
  • Summer tanagers and great-crested flycatchers arrive to breed.
  • Wild turkey and quail begin breeding in central and north Florida.
  • Great-crested flycatchers return late March to early April.
  • Brown thrashers begin singing.
  • Wood storks in Central Florida begin courtship and nesting.
  • Sooty terns hatching in Dry Tortugas.
  • Peak of snowy plovers nesting.
  • Scrub-jays begin to mate and build nests in scrub oaks.
  • Hummingbirds return.
  • Purple martins begin nesting.
  • Swallow-tailed kites return to Florida from South American wintering areas.
  • Listen for newly returned Chuck-will’s-widows calling after sunset.
  • Great blue herons may be seen on their nests.

  • Look for red foxes emerging from remote beaches.
  • Last chance to see manatee concentrations in the Caloosahatchee River this winter.
  • Striped skunks are fighting over mates – watch out!
  • Litters of raccoons, bobcat, and armadillos are being born.
  • Black bears begin moving after winter’s inactivity.
  • Endangered gray bats return to Florida caves to raise young.

  • Frogs and toads move to ponds, streams, and ditches to breed during rainy nights.
  • Pine Barrens tree frogs start calling.
  • Tree frogs lay eggs now through August. Tadpoles hatch out in about 5 days.

  • Snakes become active and move to favorite feeding areas.

  • Gulf of Mexico Sturgeon spawn in the Suwannee River during the spring or early summer.
  • Largemouth bass spawning throughout Central and North Florida.
  • Redear sunfish begin bedding in Central Florida.
  • White bass run up the Ochlockonee River above Lake Talquin.
  • Lake Kissimmee shellcrackers bed on the full moon.
  • Cow-nosed rays move north along the Atlantic coast.

  • Horseshoe crabs lay eggs on coastal beaches on a full moon at high tide.
  • Ghost crabs come out of hibernation.

  • Chickasaw plum and crabapples bloom in north Florida.
  • Bromeliads start to flower in south Florida swamps.

  • All four species of grass-pink orchids are now blooming in various parts of the state.
  • Cigar orchids go into flower and will put out spectacular displays of color in South Florida wetlands.
  • Eaton’s and Florida ladies’-tresses begin to flower in select locations in Central and North Florida.

Latest Photos, Videos and Recordings

Florida Nature Facts #143 – Dragonflies

Florida Nature Facts #143 – Dragonflies

Roughly 300 million years ago, dragonflies were the among first insects to take to the air. While modern dragonflies have wingspans of only two to five inches, fossilized dragonflies show that they once had wingspans of nearly two feet! VISIT THE DRAGONFLIES GALLERY...

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Florida Nature Facts #142 – Monarch Butterflies

Florida Nature Facts #142 – Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies use thermals (updrafts of sun-warmed air) to help them ride air currents as they migrate across the United States to Mexico and back. MORE PHOTOS OF FLORIDA BUTTERFLIES MORE FLORIDA NATURE FACTS Florida Nature Facts is a new series of nature photos...

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Florida Nature Facts #141 – Downy Woodpecker

Florida Nature Facts #141 – Downy Woodpecker

The smallest woodpecker in North America? That would be the downy woodpecker, which barely weighs over one ounce, and can be found in every state and province of the continental United States and Canada. Interesting note: this tiny woodpecker has special feathers...

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Florida Nature Facts #15 – Indian Pipes

Often mistaken for orchids or “weird mushrooms,” Indian pipes are actually plants in the heath family. Lacking chlorophyll and a means to produce their own food like most plants, they form a symbiotic relationship with mycorrhizal fungi in the soil that helps them...

Interesting Nature Facts #62 – Ferns

Ferns! Welcome to the next installment of a new series of nature photos that will be short & sweet, and all about the native and naturalized wildlife that is all around us with just one or two interesting nature facts that you might not know about. If you want to...

Florida Nature Facts #130 – American White Ibis

When baby white ibises hatch their bills are straight. Ibis bills don’t start to curve downward until they are 14 days old. MORE PHOTOS OF BIRDS MORE FLORIDA NATURE FACTS Florida Nature Facts is a series about interesting facts about the flora, fauna and places that...

Florida Nature Facts #97 – Pitcher Plants

Pitcher plants are shaped like a pitcher or narrow champagne glass. The top and inside of the pitcher is covered with a slippery, but sweet-smelling nectar. When insects come to take a sip, they slip and fall into the pitcher which is typically filled with water and...

Florida Nature Facts #120 – Butterflies

Most adult butterflies can't bite or chew. They eat mainly liquids like nectar, sap, juices from fruits, and sometimes even fluids from carcasses. They have a long, tube-like tongue called a proboscis, which works like a straw to suck up liquid. When they're not using...

Frequently Asked Questions

1 - Fine Art Prints, Canvases and Other Printing Options

I have an automated ordering system for fine art prints that not only makes ordering easier, but gives you more options. Choose luster (my personal favorite – it’s a cross between matte and glassy), old-fashioned glossy, classic black & white or even have your images printed on metallic paper or canvas. As always, all my printing is done on ultra-premium museum-quality, acid-free professional photography paper with commercial archival inks that won’t fade or “yellow” over time. I care enough about my work to have it only printed on the best materials possible.

Next to every image in our gallery there is an “Add To Cart” button that will give you all the options available for that image in a very user-friendly format, and will make ordering a breeze. There is even an option at checkout for custom cropping.

And as always, if you have specific questions that aren’t answered on this page, please contact me and I’ll be more than happy to talk to you over the phone or by email, or even walk you through the ordering process. When in doubt, contact me before ordering.

All final orders will be double-checked and verified personally by me to make sure every order looks absolutely perfect before going to print.

2 - Image Licensing, Stock Images & Image Licensing

I am pleased to announce that every single image on this website is available for instant download to your computer – no waiting involved! An ever-increasing amount of our business these days has been electronic image sales for bloggers, web-designers, news media and those who want the image in electronic format only. Many of these are publishers, editors, and other media specialists who do not require the printed image for their work or project.

We have a system in place for instant downloading of high-resolution (.TIFF) images for both personal use and commercial use. Just choose the size you want and it’s yours instantly, and we’ve tried to make this new system easy and simple to use and understand. There are two types of downloads available for you to use immediately. Read more about uses and downloading options.

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This type of download is for use in business or enterprise. This can include editorial work, blogging, sales material, non-profit, pamphlets, brochures, inclusion in a website, or any other commercial application. If you are not sure, ask yourself, “Am I planning on making money with this image or using for a business-related project?” If this is the case, then this is the right type of license needed. This does not include printing images for resale, print publication, or digital resale. If you do need an extended license for commercial work that requires use in mass printing, television, film, or other related commercial uses, contact us at your earliest convenience so we can discuss and we’ll get you a fast and reasonable quote.

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This type of download is for an individual using the image for personal use only. This includes classroom usage, school projects, personal prints, screen savers, usage for painters and artists to create derivatives that aren’t commercial in nature, etc. Essentially for uses that you aren’t trying to make money from our work. If you have any questions or extra information regarding uses please contact us and we’ll get you pointed in the right direction.

3 - More Information about Customized Fine Art Prints and Special Orders

Ordering prints from our galleries just got even easier! Now we are offering not only prints, papers, metal prints, acrylic and metal wall displays but a whole new range of customized frames, mats, and other accessories! Most prints are shipped within three business days and come with a no questions asked 30 day return policy. (I’ll discuss the details with you directly before you order – some of these materials may not be listed in the galleries, and I will take those orders personally – contact me for more information)

Through our partnership with Fine Art America we offer the most customizable and easy way of providing you with the very best professional prints for your office, home or gallery.

Custom frames and mattes – design it with amazing online tools! (Contact us so we can set it up personally with you)
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Choose from over 230 high-end frames and 100 mats
Specialty fine art papers – including watercolor and luster!
Even greeting cards! Many more options, and we’re adding more every week!

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We appreciate that you would like to use our photographs and/or images for your own projects. Please ask if you would like to use photographs for a blog or any other specific use. We offer exclusive rights to some of our photographs and it is important that you contact us, as this can then get us into legal troubles.

You may not copy images for paintings, drawings, or in any form or derivative without written permission. Your easiest option would be to purchase a “personal use” discounted download.

You may not sell or resell any photograph/image that Rich or Galina Leighton has taken or created. We have in our employ two competing copyright violation services searching out illegal usage of our work. Legal steps will be taken if misuse of our copyrighted material is detected.

If you want to use one of our images, you are required to purchase or license, which is easily and instantly available for every image through the shopping cart. Either contact us for your needs or use the automated pricing option for each image when viewing individual images (“Add to Cart” button). Every image you see in our online galleries is registered with the United States Copyright Office, and we do follow up on every single infringement case, all around the world. If you have any questions about any of this, please contact us.

You may not copy images for paintings, drawings, or in any form or derivative without permission.

We work really hard to create these images. Please respect our copyright. Thank you.


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