Janine's Blog

9th anniversary, Memories of spring

May 14, 2016 by Janine |
On the 9th anniversary of starting this blog, I am happy to announce that I have also launched a professional photography website! The new site features several galleries, or "photo rooms", with more to come. The site also features order fulfillment through Mpix Pro, which is a quality photo lab that I have used for years. Check it out at www.janine-images.com! I hope you enjoy it! And, if you see a photo posted here that you'd like to be able to order over there, shoot me an email and I will make it happen!

Don't worry, this blog isn't going anywhere. Although I may do some updating here and there, the quality content that you know and love is here to stay ;)
Summer is here, so I will probably have more indoor time for the next few months to work on such things! According to our home weather station, it is 104 degrees F today (and feels like 110).

I'm happily remembering cooler spring days. Here are a few shots from earlier this year, when the temperatures outside were a bit more friendly.

Pied-billed grebe





Green Heron posing





It was amazing to watch this Anhinga hunt small fish in shallow water



Got one!





And of course, no blog posting would be complete with a portrait of the resident Screech Owl



Time for a cold drink!

Owl moods, Sanibel

May 01, 2016 by Janine |
Screech Owl Expressions



Looking at a rabbit



"I wish I was big enough to eat that"



"Whoo goes there"



"Whatever"



In other news, we had a mini-vacation in Sanibel earlier this spring. Finally getting around to posting photos!

Lots of spoonbills







Otters









Ospreys





"That fish is too small!"





Bald eagle with Spanish Mackerel




Follow the leader



Brown Pelican





Sunset with white pelicans



Generation Axe, garden birds

Apr 22, 2016 by Janine |
Last night we went up to Orlando to see the Generation Axe tour featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi. It was unreal.

















Back home, the bunting activity is slowing down.





The coral bean in all its splendor.



Both screech owls have been seen in the nest box! Hope they are settling in to raise a family.



Riverbend sightings









Night Birds and War Birds

Apr 16, 2016 by Janine |
The screech owl has claimed the nest box full time. We've also seen a 2nd owl visiting, so hopefully they are planning to nest.



The barred owls at Riverbend have had a good year. There are several families with owlets.





The parents are always close by.





The red-shouldered hawks also have babies.



A flock of cedar waxwings stopped in to gobble up ficus berries on their way north.



Star rush



Earlier this month, we went to the Melbourne air and space show. The weather was not great, but I thought it added some unique atmosphere to the show.















Crazy stunts







Breitling jet team













My favorite, and the last jet before the show ended early and the storm rolled in. De Havilland Vampire.







In bird news, the hummingbirds have all gone. There are still some goldfinches passing through, and a few painted buntings are still here. Including the banded female.

Whoo's in the nest box?

Apr 03, 2016 by Janine |
The woodpeckers were the first to show interest.



Next, a red-shouldered hawk decided that it made a nice perch.



This past week, we have noticed that a screech owl has taken up residence.





The majority of the goldfinches have gone for the season. There are still a few stragglers.









Painted buntings still here



Disapproving rabbit



The cardinals are pairing off and building nests



Some shots from a trip to ARM Loxahatchee NWR last month:

Great horned owls







Roseate spoonbill



Limpkin



Gators





Purple gallinule



Catbird



Pileated woodpecker. Luckily this isn't my car :)





Sunset with limpkin







Spring becomes Summer

Mar 17, 2016 by Janine |
We had our two weeks of spring in South Florida and now we are heading straight into Summer. The birds are gearing up for the journey north.

Goldfinch pool party





Painted buntings are spending less time at the feeders and more time seemingly foraging for insects. I still have my banded female, but I am noticing some new birds that must be visitors stopping off on their journey north.



The hummingbirds are feeding up too. There is a pair that has stayed through the winter. They are the only two I have seen that tolerate each other's presence at the feeder.







A new visitor the the garden, a flying squirrel! The only squirrel that I will tolerate at my birdfeeders :)



We had a great view of the Space-X launch a couple of weeks ago- soaring over the majestic Jupiter Lighthouse!



I've got loads of photos from some recent birding trips. I'll probably work on those more as it gets hotter and my birds leave. It is always kind of sad when they go, but it gives me something to look forward to for when they come back!

Iron Maiden

Feb 28, 2016 by Janine |
We saw Iron Maiden kick off their Book of Souls world tour in Ft. Lauderdale this past week. It was awesome.

















Raccoons and Wren at Riverbend







Goldfinches are still abundant at home.



Baby owls at Loxahatchee





The goldfinches are still here

Feb 20, 2016 by Janine |
We have at least 50 goldfinches now. They squabble over the nyger seed so I had to get more feeders for them.





The indigo bunting is still here too. He gets more blue by the day.





The banded female painted bunting is also still here.



This male is probably the most colorful I have seen. That's not photoshop- the sun was at the perfect angle to illuminate him beautifully.



We call this little bunting Nastybeak because it fights with all the other birds. I wonder if it is a very young bird because it looks like it still has some baby fluff. It looks sweet and innocent here, but it is an aggressive little thing.







Shots from Superb Owl Sunday





















Corkscrew Swamp, Hummingbirds, and Buntings

Jan 31, 2016 by Janine |
Stopped by Corkscrew Swamp last week. It was dark and drizzly, which made for interesting photography.





Birds were active, even with the occasional downpour

Tufted titmouse



Catbird



Carolina Wren





Black and white warbler. I couldn't decide which shot I liked better.





King of the swamp



A sneaky cottonmouth





At home, lots of hummingbirds, painted buntings, and goldfinches. We went from 2 goldfinches, to 6, to 30+ in a week!





The hummingbirds love the pink salvia flowers. The cultivar is called "Wendy's Wish." These shots were from very early on a chilly morning. This gives them a dreamy quality that I like.









The banded female painted bunting, "Miss Bracelets", is still visiting.













Mirror image





Invasion of the Goldfinches

Jan 24, 2016 by Janine |
This week we had our first chill of the season, which brought some new birds to the feeder.

Six American Goldfinches (and a female painted bunting)











Another new visitor, Indigo Bunting





Chilly weather brings interesting clouds





I also found out that blue jays eat frogs!