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J.N. “Ding” Darling – part 2

After I moved on from the first pond (just after the entrance) where the Reddish Egrets were, I saw more variety. There was a lot of fishing. This GBH really put his whole body into it, lunging at the fish. This time he came up empty. Farther in to the refuge, I spotted White Ibis […]

J.N. “Ding” Darling

On my recent visit to Bonita Springs, after encouragement from photographers at the Venice Rookery, I took a trip to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on Sanibel Island. Since it is only an hour from Bonita Springs, I was able to go there Saturday AM. It was an unexpected bonus on my […]

2011 Venice Rookery Part III – Whistling Ducks, Tricolor, and Anhingas

The variety at the Rookery was down a lot this year. Some say it was a cold snap, others suggest it was the fact that they cut down the trees. In any case, other than the GBH (Great Blue Herons) and Egrets, there weren’t many others. The Anhingas were there like always. Age doesn’t seem […]

2011 Venice Rookery Part II – Great Blue Herons

I have been shooting the Great Blue here and in Minnesota for some time. We have about four that live on our lake. However, at home I’ve never spotted their nests, seen their young or noticed group behavior. They are all loners. All that is different at the Rookery (and I am sure lots of […]

2011 Venice Rookery Part I – Egrets

After a conference in Orlando this week, I decided to drop in on the Rookery in Venice FL again. It was great last year and my expectations were high. The day got off to a rough start. First, when I arrived at a little before 7:00 (pre-dawn), the park entrance was closed off by a […]

Cancun

We are just winging back from our annual trip to the Cancun area. This is number five. Four at the El Dorado Royale, and once at El Dorado Maroma. I cheated a bit on this trip and visited both. We stayed at Royale and I took a day trip to Maroma (they have a marina […]

More morning shots from the Bosque

These were taken on the last day at dawn on our recent trip. I decided to avoid the flight deck on this morning and settled in on the west side of the main pond inside the BDA. The emerging colors were great. Most were still asleep, so it was calm and quiet too. After an […]

Bernardo

On our final day, our great hosts Jim and Jana (and the Monkey) suggested that we visit Bernardo on the way back to ABQ. We did and we loved it. The birds were up close and personal. This shot gives one an idea of how many there were. They were abundant. They were everywhere. In […]

Sunday morning at the BDA

Those who know me know (I hope) that I am a spiritual person. I have a deep appreciation for God’s creation and the marvels of the universe. BDA at sunrise is a good example. Even though I am not overly excited about the images, the experience was amazing. I arrived at about 6:10 to the […]

The Bosque (day two – the PM)

8,000 Cranes and a Monkey Saturday afternoon was beautiful at the Bosque. The light was fantastic, the birds were everywhere and a friend from Fred Miranda (Will aka Trenchmonkey) joined us. What a country! I loved the dancing cranes! What amazing light! This guy seemed interested in announcing his arrival. Even Trenchmonkey who has been […]