I was recently visiting family in Florida and photographed my first ever Barred Owl. These creatures are Large and unlike most other owls, have brown eyes. I saw this one landing in a tree with feet out in front of him (or her). They make surprisingly no noise when they fly.
For two years now a male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak has temporarily appeared in my back yard. He was apparently traveling somewhere north of the Blue Ridge Mountains to spend the summer. I had a narrow window of about three days to nab a photo of this colorful bird. Last year he led me on an elusive chase but this year I got one unobstructed, three second opportunity to photograph this colorful bird. I also was fortunate enough to hear his melodic song. I hope next year he comes back and brings his sweetie and decides to stay and raise a family. The mountains are a nice place to live.
I came upon this baby chick taking what looked like it’s first steps with trembling legs. It was crossing a gravel road! I could hear the frantic loud calls of two Northern Bobwhites very near so I assume this is a Northern Bobwhite baby chick. I am hopeful that the family was reunited.
This is such a magnificent bird! His rusty colored shoulders and white rump are so gorgeous in flight. I captured this image in a field in South Texas.
I had the privilege of coming upon a pair of adult Limpkins feeding their six downy chicks by the edge of the water in Viera Wetlands. It was such a gift to be part of this wonderful activity. The adults would catch the Apple Snails, then crack the shells and feed just the meat of the snail to their baby chicks. What a treat!