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The Golden Hour on Siesta Key – Snowy Egret

Last week I was doing my usual rounds along Florida’s Gulf Coast when late afternoon found me on South Lido Beach in the Sarasota area. Not quite tourist season, I thought it might be a good time to look for local wildlife along the surf. This snowy egret and I spent the next hour together….

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An Elusive Beauty – The Red-Headed Woodpecker

One of the most difficult birds for me to find in Florida has been the red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus). It is a very skittish bird - even for a woodpecker, and tends to avoid people if encountered. I've seen them only a couple of times in the Osceola National Forest north of Gainesville and in remote areas near the Georgia border north of Tallahassee, and only from a distance of at least five hundred feet.

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Tricolored Heron in Breeding Plumage

Last month I was in the Big Cypress National Preserve looking for new material forwww.FloridaNaturePhotography.com - particularly birds in breeding plumage when I spotted this amazing tricolored heron on the side of the road. It was in the most resplendent of breeding colors. Bright blue beak and face, deep blood-red eyes, violet and blue-gray plumage, completed with snowy white plumes at the back of its crown. Just gorgeous!

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Operation Migration – Whooping Cranes Arrive in North Florida!

For the first three days of this week, an event was happening in St. Marks, Florida area that held the riveted attention of birders and other wildlife enthusiasts around the North America. It was Operation Migration‘s incredible effort in whooping crane conservation, and in particular, the last day of an 83-day migration “training” of their

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