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Merry Christmas and thank you all for supporting my photography in 2017.

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Nesting Season at Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida

It’s nesting season at the Venice Rookery in Venice, Florida so I decided to drive up to see what was going on. I was surprised to see that not only were the Great blue herons nesting, there were already two sets of chicks up and about. I spent several hours over several days photographing the Great blue heron couples as they took turns flying out to find nesting materials. I also got to see the returning mates being greeted after they brought back food for the chicks. The Venice Rookery is a great place to watch the Great blue herons and their nesting behavior because the nests are not far from the path and can easily be seen without binoculars. It’s a bird photographer’s paradise. I plan to visit the Rookery quite often this winter. Here are a few photos from my first trip to Venice.


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) with two week old chicks at Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) couple build their nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) in flight carrying nesting material back to nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) in flight carrying nesting material back to nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


White ibis (Eudocimus albus) at Venice Rookery, Venice, Florida


Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) building a nest at Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor) at Venice Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) in flight at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) bringing home a stick to add to the nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) on branch at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Female Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) greeting her mate at their nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) couple on their nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) couple adding a stick to their nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) sitting on nest at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida


Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) at the Venice Audubon Rookery, Venice, Florida

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Mornings Spent in Babcock Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida

I now live five miles from the Babcock Wildlife Management Area in Punta Gorda, Florida. It’s a beautiful area filled with tall slash pines, native Florida trees and lots of wildlife and birds. When I am not traveling I like to go to Babcock for sunrise. Driving down the dirt road to the two ponds I prefer I enjoy the early morning light, sometimes shrouded in fog, other times with gorgeous pink clouds and dramatic sunrises. Yesterday morning I saw a black coyote which I first thought might have been a black panther. But after checking with the ranger on the way out we decided it was most likely a black coyote. It was, of course, much too dark to try to grab a photo of the coyote as he crossed the road in front of me but it was a spectacular thing to see.

I was lucky enough to drive into Babcock one morning last week while it was raining. As the sun rose a beautiful double rainbow spread over Babcock. I listened to the sounds of the early morning bird calls and enjoyed the warm rain falling around me as I photographed the rainbow. Not a bad way to spend November. Here are some sunrises and some birds from Babcock.


Rain falls as dawn breaks at Babcock Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida


Juvenile Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) in the marsh at Babcock Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida


Great egret (Ardea alba) in the brush at Babcock Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida


Dawn breaks at Babcock Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida


Early morning rainbow over Babcock Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida


Panorama of rainbow over Babcock Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida


Double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) with rainbow


Rain falls as dawn breaks at Babcock Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida


Two Tricolored herons (Egretta tricolor) perched in a bush at Babcock Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida


Juvenile Red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus) on slash pine tree limb in Babcock Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida


Dawn breaking at Babcock Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida


Silhouette of Tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor) on snag in Babcock Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida


Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) taking flight at Babcock Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida


Sunrise over pond at Babcock Wildlife Management Area, Punta Gorda, Florida

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