Chuckie

Oct 28, 2011 by Janine |
Last week I spotted an unusual inhabitant of the swamp, a Chuck Wills Widow, out fairly late in the morning. He was perched in the deep shade but I got a "record shot"



Early morning sun provided some interesting backlighting effects for this orb weaver and web



Sneaking up on this buck failed miserably but I managed this shot before he bolted.



A recent visit to the Palm Beach zoo for a business meeting yielded some photo ops:

Kookaburra and I had a morning chat



These 8am meetings are killing me. YAWN!



In other news, I am enjoying the panoramic photo feature built in to the Android phone. Here is a shot at Riverbend Park.







Winter Migrants

Oct 16, 2011 by Janine |
We have been getting our first cool fronts of the season and it has been a welcome break from the heat. The fronts have been bringing some unusual birds our way.

A somewhat rare visitor to South Florida, juvenile Red Headed Woodpecker. I had only seen them in N. Florida and New Hampshire before. This was at Riverbend Park last weekend. We might not have seen it, except that it was joining some bluejays in mobbing a red-shouldered hawk, and had taken a prominent perch on this snag. Not the best photo in the world, but a good "record shot" of an interesting sighting.



Lots of yellow-billed cuckoos in the swamp.



Abundant raptors





A fine-looking tom turkey



Mourning Dove



Riverbend was rather quiet yesterday, probably due to some cloudy and windy weather moving through. Saw my first hummingbirds of the season which was nice, but it was mostly too dark for pictures.

Limpkin



Today was also very gray and unsettled. We are supposed to have some cooler days next week, which will be nice!

Oregon, Walla Walla

Oct 04, 2011 by Janine |
I met up with my colleagues in Portland and we began the long journey toward Walla Walla, the city so nice they named it twice.

As we drove east, we stopped to have lunch at the beautiful Multnomah falls.





Wind power is abundant along the Columbia Gorge and in Walla Walla.



While conducting our field work, we noticed these Mule deer


The final part of my journey was a quick sightseeing trip from Portland to the Oregon Coast. On the way, a stop at the Tillamook forest resulted in many bird sightings.







Next stop was Cape Meares lighthouse on the coast.



Plenty of scenic views







Ground squirrels and chickadees were the most abundant wildlife present





The final stop was Cannon Beach, home to some amazing rock formations, seabird colonies, and tidal pools.









And that's it! My first trip to the Pacific NW was a wonderful experience and I can hardly wait to return.