Friday, February 15, 2019

Eastern Meadowlark Calling and Singing



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Rare capture of an Eastern Meadowlark foraging for inspects on the ground and calling and singing. Such a beautiful bird with lots of personality. I was lucky to sneak up on this one without flushing it. You can hear another Meadowlark doing the same in the distance and they appear to be reacting to each other - probably a territory thing.
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Eastern Meadowlark  Calling and Singing

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Limpkins




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A group of Limpkin birds just being Limpkins. A classic Florida bird they mostly eat snails using their long beaks and specially adapted snail shell cleaning claws. This video shows the challenges of getting (or not getting) quality video shooting right into the morning sun - nearly impossible, but sometimes that's where the animals are.
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Limpkins

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Exhausted Mother Squirrel




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Squirrel Mom needs a break - she's built a new nest and I'm not sure if she has moved the kittens there yet, but let's hangout with her for awhile and give here some of her favorite sunflower seeds! This is some of the best closeup footage of a squirrel I've ever gotten with a hand-held camera just a few inches away. Mother Squirrel doesn't mind - she's hungry.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Raccoon and Opossum Living in Peace and Harmony




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A big Raccoon and a Possum sharing dinner get along just fine, perhaps the bounty of food spread around helps. Another friendly encounter was filmed awhile back at: https://youtu.be/Znpy3whzTcc
I have found one of the "town squares" in the jungle brush behind the Backyard where many paths converge and cross so this is a good spot to keep one of these Campark Trail Cameras
https://amzn.to/2VQ8Hz0 the trick to such clear video at night at close range is putting a sheet of plain white paper over the IR lights to reduce glare and overexposure for close subjects. Note that this video was really taken in January 2019 in Florida the date on the video is wrong. Enjoy!
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Raccoon and Opossum Living in Peace and Harmony

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Mother Squirrel Building a New Nest




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Mother Squirrel is busy building a new nest high up in a pine tree it may just be a backup or emergency nest or she may be planning to move her kittens to a safer place. She is cutting up pieces of Brazilian Pepper Tree to build the new nest.
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Mother Squirrel Building a New Nest


Monday, January 14, 2019

Beautiful Boat Tailed Grackle




Boat Tailed Grackles are actually quite stunning and intelligent birds when seen out in the wild foraging in the morning sun. Their feathers constantly change colors and shimmer blue, green and purple. If you have only seen them in the cities you are in for a treat. Also check out this handsome BT Grackle: https://youtu.be/o9lzzwGlBaY
They are primarily a bird of the southeast coastal areas and prefer marshes and wetlands. These birds forage on the ground, in shallow water, or in shrubs; they will steal food from other birds. They are omnivorous, eating insects, minnows, frogs, eggs, berries, seeds, and grain, even small birds.
Boat-tailed grackles have established significant populations in several United States Gulf Coast cities and towns where they can be found foraging in trash bins, dumpsters, and parking lots.
This bird's song is a harsh jeeb, and it has a variety of typically grackle-like chatters and squeaks.
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Beautiful Boat Tailed Grackle
Beautiful Boat Tailed Grackle

Mourning Dove Extreme Close Up




A little camera shy at first, but this precious Mourning Dove loosens up and we get some nice close up views.
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Mourning Dove Extreme Close Up
Mourning Dove Extreme Close Up

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Savannah Sparrow




Savannah Sparrows are a winter visitor to Florida - a striking sparrow with delicate head details and a sweet little call. Identified by a small yellow patch in front of the eyes and a narrow white stripe on top of the head. This one sat still for several minutes which is rare, allowing for a clear capture of this species in some nice morning sun.
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Rather than being named for its penchant for grassy areas, the common name of Savannah Sparrow actually refers to the city of Savannah, Georgia where the bird was first documented.
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) is the most widespread and abundant wintering sparrow in southeast Florida, occupying a wide variety of habitats that include mangrove edges, saltmarsh prairie, and weedy fields. Like many grassland sparrows, this species uses short chip notes when alarmed, warding off intruders, or approaching its nest. A typical chip note is a soft, hissing tss.
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Savannah Sparrow

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Northern Cardinal Singing and Defending Territory





The sound of a Male Northern Cardinal 🐦 whose hormones are stirred up as he spends his days now singing all around the Backyard and generally being in a bad mood otherwise. It is such a lovely song!
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Northern Cardinal Singing and Defending Territory
Northern Cardinal Singing and Defending Territory




Saturday, January 5, 2019

Squirrel Cubicle Meerkats or These Squirrels Are Up To Something




Squirrels just like dogs "wear their emotions on their sleeves" and these two popping up and down peering over their fence/cubicle are acting either very inquisitive or pretty guilty - what could they be up to as they wait for me to leave? Put you best guess in the comments! Its not like these squirrels don't know me I feed them all the time, but their plotting something......
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Squirrel Cubicle Meerkats or These Squirrels Are Up To Something