Sunday, December 21, 2008

Hawk Photo from Niranjan in Belle Mead, NJ

 


I was in my breakfast nook early this morning cradling my new Nikon D90 when this bird with a kill landed about 30 feet from me in my backyard. I do not know what bird this is (Cooper's Hawk?) but I took this shot through the glass window with a 105 mm lens setting.
Niranjan
Belle Mead
Dec. 21, 2008

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Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill 

Roseate Spoonbill 

Roseate Spoonbill 

We went to a few birding locations in the St. Petersburg area looking for a Roseate Spoonbill but didn't see any. However, we spotted one in a drainage pond in front of a condo, did a U-turn, and got a few pictures. Mike likes the roseate spoonbill because they have the same coloring as cotton candy.

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Kestrel

Kestrel 

Kestrel 

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Tricolored heron

Tricolored heron 

Tricolored heron 

Tri-colored heron 

Photos of a tricolored heron from Sand Key Park, Clearwater and Boyd Hill Nature Park, St. Petersburg.

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Anhinga

Anhinga 

Anhinga in tree 

Anhinga 

Anhinga spreading its wings 

Anhinga spreading its wings 


We visited Boyd Hill Nature Park in St. Petersburg and saw what we thought was an unusual brown and grey cormorant. Later, we identified it as an anhinga, also known as the snake bird. We should have known something was different, this bird is much more vocal than the normally silent cormorant and spends more time in trees. At the time, we also didn't notice the white on the wings. The bottom three photos are from John Chestnut, Sr. Park in Clearwater.

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Northern Mockingbird and Friends

Mockingbird 

Raccoon 

Raccoons
Deer
Sometimes when bird watching, we encounter other creatures. We usually don't mind, but there are limits.
Alligator

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