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Smiling for the camera

Walking along the harbor in Key West he must have seen my camera so it surfaced for a photo, not really but it appeared that way. Manatees never leave the water but typically come up for air every 5 minutes. When it is resting, the aquatic mammal can hold its breath for up to 20 minutes. When it is exerting great amounts of energy, it may surface as often as every 30 seconds.
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Great Blue Heron

Great blue herons can be distinguished by their beautiful blue-gray plumage, and wingspans of up to 7 feet wide. They are spread throughout the Americas, especially North America, and are also found in the Galapagos Islands. Blue herons nest in colonies of up to 400 nests. They may also nest in small heronries of breeding pairs or entirely alone. Although they do link up to mate, breed, and sometimes nest and hunt, these are pretty solitary birds. A-Z Animals
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Lunchtime

Florida Keys
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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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Great Blue Heron

The white form of the Great Blue Heron, known as the "great white heron," is found nearly exclusively in shallow marine waters along the coast of very southern Florida, the Yucatan Peninsula, and in the Caribbean. They hunt both day and night and can live over 20 years.
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Posing Pelican

This immature brown pelican seemed to be asking to have his picture taken. After almost 20 years in Florida I've seen my share of pelicans but this one in particular was really striking a perfect pose.
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On Patrol

Florida Keys brown pelicans
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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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Good Morning

Your Morning Rooster Facts: They make sure their hens eat before they do. A rooster protects his flock and will warn other birds if he senses danger. Hens and roosters look identical as chicks. If there is no rooster in a flock, a hen will step up to take charge. A hen may choose to mate with a rooster if she finds his comb attractive. There are an estimated 23 billion rosters and chickens and they live in all parts of the world. They were brought here by the settlers in the 1820s and still run wild all over Key West. It's said if you see someone taking a photo of one they can only be a tourist, or me.
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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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Teen Owl

A photographer friend called saying there was a Great Horned Owl just sitting on a wall. Expecting the owl to be at a far distance I grabbed an unnecessary powerful zoom lens and headed out. Well this owl was simply sitting 6' off the ground, in daylight and not at all frightened. I learned it was a young owl (clueless teenager) who didn't quite know how to act owlish. Anyway, we took a few eye level photos from 10' away with giant lenses and left.
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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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Arizona Slot Canyon

Navajo Sandstone and resident
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Egret

This is a Reddish Egret in the Florida Keys
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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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Great Blue Heron

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

Reddish Egret in Big Pine Key FL
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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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Ready to rumble

American alligators inhabit most of the southeastern United States. They live in freshwater rivers, lakes, swamps, and marshes. There are an estimated 1.25 million in Florida alone. Alligators can grow up to 800 pounds and 13 feet long on average.
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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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Sea nettle

I took this photo of a sea nettle by simply shooting through the glass tank wall at the Monterrey Aquarium. A sea nettle hunts by trailing those long tentacles, covered with stinging cells. When the tentacles touch tiny plankton, the stinging cells stick tight and paralyze prey. From there, the prey is moved to the frilly mouth-arms and finally to the mouth, where the jelly eats its meal.
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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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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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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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Bad hair day

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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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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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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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Came to Dine

Hummer resting
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Florida Keys

Great Blue Heron
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Beautiful Colors

Cormorant
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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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