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Skimmers
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On Patrol

Florida Keys brown pelicans
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Great Blue Heron

Taken while visiting Horicon Marsh in WI. The wingspan can reach 6.5 feet.
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Iguana

An herbivore, originally from Central, South America and the Caribbean, the iguana is a large species of lizard. Large in size, males usually reach up to nearly 5 feet in length. With sunny skies and sub-tropical temperatures, it’s no wonder that iguanas have found another home in the Florida Keys. It’s believed that the first iguanas to find themselves in the Florida Keys were stowaways on several ships bringing fruit over from South America.
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Great Horned

This just might be one of our neighbors. Last spring I took photos of a Great Horned with 2 babies within 50' of this one. I'll keep checking the rock wall behind me where the nesting spot on the ledge is.
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Roadrunner

Usually hunts by walking rapidly, looking for prey, then making very rapid (15 - 20 mph) dash forward to catch prey in its bill. May leap straight up from ground to catch insects or birds flying over (has been seen catching hummingbirds this way). They are primarily carnivorous but will eat cactus fruit and some seeds.
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Big Horn Sheep

Valley of Fire Nevada
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Gambel’s Quail

Taking refuge under a shrub during the rare SW Utah snowfall.
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What are you looking at?

Female Great Horned Owl in Utah. She was watching over her 2 babies which made it easy to find and photograph them in daylight.
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Fly Fishing

Ospreys search for fish by flying on steady wingbeats and bowed wings or circling high in the sky over relatively shallow water. They often hover briefly before diving, feet first, to grab a fish. You can often clearly see an Osprey's catch in its talons as the bird carries it back to a nest or perch. I took this at an old quarry now filled with fresh water on Big Pine Key FL.
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Please

To my right there were a couple fishermen cleaning their catch. Now and then they'd throw some scraps to these guys.
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Egret

The largest of the white-colored wading birds in Florida, the great egret is frequently seen in wetlands areas and along waterways.
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Horseshoe Crab

Horseshoe crabs live primarily in and around shallow coastal waters on soft, sandy or muddy bottoms. Fossil records for horseshoe crabs extend back as far as 240 million years ago. For scale, this one was about 14" long.
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Lionfish

Beautiful to look at but they are an invasive species that have a negative impact on native species and habitat of the Florida Keys.
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Great White

Egret passing by off Big Pine Key FL
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Gator

Florida aligator
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Tricolored Heron

A medium-sized, delicate and slim heron with a long, daggerlike bill. Its long thin neck curves up to its small head. Wingspan is a little over 3 feet. I find these and other birds in a Federal wildlife sanctuary on Big Pine Key which is about 40 miles from Key West.
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Mangrove Buckeye

Thanks to Google I was able to quickly identify this butterfly.
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Great Egret

Great Egrets wade in shallow water (both fresh and salt) to hunt fish, frogs, and other small aquatic animals. They typically stand still and watch for unsuspecting prey to pass by. Then, with startling speed, the egrets strike with a jab of their long neck and bill.
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Fred

This great blue heron in Key West is named Fred and he is the boss bird of the beach.
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Egret

This is a Reddish Egret in the Florida Keys
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Arizona Slot Canyon

Navajo Sandstone and resident
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Ready to fly

Key West Wildlife Center rehabilitated hawk about to be released
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California Quail

California quail thrive in brushy areas where they have ready access to water. They need dense brush where they can escape from predators, but prefer more grassy, herbaceous cover to nest in. Seeds, grains, berries, and especially clover make up their diet. They can actually live without water if they can eat enough moist, leafy greens-but in the desert that is very uncommon. This quail is a species that is very adapted to living near mankind. They are a common sight in SW Utah even in people's back yards. In the springtime you might be lucky enough to spot a female leading a dozen or so chicks to a feeding area.
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WI State Fair

I talked to this teen girl who had brought these to be judged in the FFA. As cows go, they were beautiful, soft and even smelled like laundry. I bet she won a nice ribbon.
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Predictably Curious

Taking bird photos at one of my favorite spots on Big Pine Key when I spotted this osprey a block or two away. As I was the only human in the area I knew he had to come check out me out. I changed the camera settings from long range to a few feet over my head and in about a minute it swoops in and makes 2-3 circles right over my head. Satisfied or just wanted its picture taken, it flew away.
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Egret

Reddish Egret in Big Pine Key FL
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Florida Keys

Reddish Egret turns to pose.
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Refueling

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Key Deer

Big Pine Key has a population of Key deer. The Key deer is an endangered deer that lives only in the Florida Keys. It is a subspecies of the white-tailed deer. It is the smallest North American deer.
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Bobcat

They have short tufts on the tips of their ears and “bob” tails, giving them their name. Adults may weigh 12 to 30 pounds. They are solitary and mainly active at dawn and dusk but can sometimes be seen during the day. The main prey for bobcats are rabbits which there are an abundance of. I took this photo in our yard in Utah.
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Draft Horses

Taken on a Wisconsin farm.
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Great Egret

Great Egret takeoff. The great egret is a large heron with all-white plumage. Standing up to 3.3 ft tall, this species can measure 31 to 41" in length and have a wingspan of 52 to 67 in. It can be found in shallow salt water while feeding.
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Reddish Egret

Wikipedia: The reddish egret is considered one of the most active herons, and is often seen on the move. It stalks its prey visually in shallow water far more actively than other herons and egrets, frequently running energetically and using the shadow of its wings (canopy hunting) to reduce glare on the water once it is in position to spear a fish; the result is a fascinating dance. Due to its bold, rapacious yet graceful feeding behavior, it's known as "the Tyrannosaurus rex of the Flats". It eats fish, frogs, crustaceans, and insects. I took this photo on Big Pine Key Florida - Mark
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Saltwater shore bird

Looking for a snack
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Brown Pelican

The brown pelican is the smallest of the eight pelican species. Nonetheless, it measures 3 ft 3 in to 5 ft in length and has a wingspan of 6 ft 8 in to 7 ft 6 in.
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Reddish Egret

The reddish egret is considered one of the most active herons, and is often seen on the move. It stalks its prey visually in shallow water far more actively than other herons and egrets, frequently running energetically and using the shadow of its wings to reduce glare on the water once it is in position to spear a fish; the result is a fascinating dance.
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Maybe he’ll drop it

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Brown Pelicans

Sky dancing before the plunge
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Popular Scene in FL

When the tide goes out the coral trap tiny creatures that keep the shore birds fed.
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Great Blue Heron

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Butterfly

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Rare Group of Birds

Kind of unusual to see more than one of these.
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The Egret Dance

Reddish Egret Florida Keys
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Brown Pelican

In a zero effort glide
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Ibis and Egret

The Ibis are stirring up shrimp for the watchful egret
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Reddish Egret

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Red Fox

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Reddish Egret

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Osprey

Very curious predators. Not unusual for them to fly right over to look at me.
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Ready for Launch

Rehabilitated hawk about to be released
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Reddish Egret

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Osprey

Perched on a sailboat mast with a cruise ship backdrop
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Taking flight

At dusk in the Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge
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Snack Time

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Florida Keys

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Bad hair day

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Blue Heron

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Cormorant

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Adult Ibis

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Blue Heron

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White Pelican

Having catfish for lunch in Horicon Marsh
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Skimmers

Skimming under a full moon
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White Pelican

One of the largest birds in North America, with a 9-foot wingspan.
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Shrimp Dinner

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Great Egret

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White Pelicans

In Utah
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Reddish Egret

Scouting for dinner during low tide
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Osprey with lunch

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Florida Keys

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Osprey

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Osprey with young

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Nurse Sharks

Florida Keys
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Horicon Marsh

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Pelican Squadron

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Tree Swallow

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Great Egret

Wingspan 4.3-5.5 feet
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Osprey nest

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Pelican

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Hello

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Reddish Egret

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Osprey

ready for takeoff
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Brown pelican

With a watchful eye
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Osprey Watching

I watched this osprey take off and "simply" skim the water. It was either drinking the fresh water, cleaning its talons or maybe even showing off to the camera guy.
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Pelicans Hunting

Fun to watch
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Sunlit Flight

Great Egret - Florida Keys
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Horicon Marsh

Green heron Horicon Marsh National Wildlife refuge - Wisconsin
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Bird Photography in the Keys

Osprey
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Horicon Marsh Wildlife Refuge

Canada goose
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Ibis Twins

Calm water helped
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Tree Swallow

Horicon Marsh WI
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Looking for a snack

Little Blue Heron - Florida Keys
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Like turkeys with beautiful feathers but…

Florida Buzzard
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Big Pine Key FL

One of the best spots for bird photography.
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Brown Pelican Posing

I love its expression
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Came to Dine

Hummer resting
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Great Blue Heron
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Beautiful Colors

Cormorant
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Careful Where You Step

Florida Aligator
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Certainly he will not be towed

It's a horse of course, with parking privileges.
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One of the most beautiful birds in the FL Keys

Florida Cormorant
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