A chance encounter with an Osprey eating a fish along a lonely stretch of Fellsmere Grade Road seemed to be the perfect setup for a photo opportunity. I pulled off the side of the road with the intention of using the car as a blind. The Fish Hawk seemed relaxed to my presence so I settled in to shoot out the driver’s side window. Alas, barreling down the dirt road came a pickup truck, startling the Osprey into flight and […]
One of my current projects is to bring the Ospreys of Pelican Island: An exploration into the life of the Fish Hawk program up-to-date by giving it a whole new slide show and reformatting the way the material is presented. It’s a bit of an chore but the final outcome should be worth the effort and will definitely breath new life into the presentation. I am currently taking bookings if anyone is interested in having me present the new and […]
Living in Florida eventually everyone ends up at the beach. The dogs really enjoy it but I am lacking the beach gene that causes people to want to go there all the time and hang out for hours. Here is a collection of photos without comment of a late afternoon Sunday walk on the beach with Bob Bruce, Janice Broda, and the dogs, Pepper & Sam.
The monthly bird count for April 2015 at the Indian River Club with Joe Carroll and Roz James was done partially in the rain and mostly under cloudy skies leading to some disappointing images, though the birds did not seem to be cooperating too much either. The happy surprise was finding that the Great Horned Owl family from last month’s bird count was doing well with the added bonus of finding that the family had an extra baby owl that […]
Images from dawn to dusk starting with the monthly bird count at the Indian River Club with Joe Carroll and Roz James, which began with a glorious sunrise. The family of Florida Scrub-Jays is doing well including their sporadic trap training for the eventful day when they will receive their leg bands. Here one of the Jays retrieves a peanut from a mock cage. A real cage will be substituted when it comes time to catch and band the birds. […]
A collection of images from the last week of August 2014. The St. Lucie Rocks on Gilbert’s Bar in Martin County, Florida. The view southward from the Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge. Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge built in 1876 and closed in 1945. “On March 19, 1875, the Secretary of the Treasury leaned from William H. Hunt of Dade County, Fl., for a period of 20 years a piece of land at Saint Lucie Rocks known and designated as […]
Categories: Scenery • Tags: Cormorant, Fish Hawk, Florida, Ft. Pierce, Ft. Pierce Inlet, Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge, Great Egret, Indian River County, Indian River Lagoon, Martin County, Osprey, St. Lucie County, St. Lucie Inlet, St. Lucie Rocks, Stuart, sunset, U.S. Coast Guard
A brief moment of golden light suffuses the landscape during a rainstorm at sunset in this view looking across the Indian River Lagoon toward Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. Look carefully. That black speck atop a snag in the distance is an Osprey. A hawk enamored of fish, which it eats to the exclusion of almost anything else. Ospreys at the Refuge and I go back a long way together.
The crisp, early morning cold did not keep us away but it sure kept the ducks away during a visit specifically to see the great variety of ducks that winter at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. We did not have much luck with ducks or many other birds for that matter. That’s just the way it is out in the wild. Some days you just can’t believe your luck and other days it just does not pay to get out […]