Category: Birds

Spring Break 2018: The Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura, the Turkey vulture; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. It’s perhaps not the best photograph of a Turkey vulture you’re likely to see on these here pneumatic tubes of the interwebs, but it’s still a species very much…

Spring Break 2018: The Black and White Warbler

Mniotilta varia, the Black and white warbler; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Just to prove that I am, in fact, capable of photographing things other than snakes and lizards, here’s a perky Black-and-white warbler, Mniotilta varia, I photographed in…

Spring Break 2018: The Little Blue Heron

Egretta caerulea, the Little blue heron; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Another classic Florida bird, though again not limited or exclusive to the Sunshine State, is the Little blue heron, Egretta caerulea. Ranging throughout most of the Americas of…

Spring Break 2018: The Anhinga

Anhinga anhinga, the Anhinga; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Though some folks may think of flamingos when they think of Florida, I’m more likely to think of the Anhinga (cleverly named Anhinga anhinga in Linnaean taxonomy). Though certainly not…

Spring Break 2018: The Crested Caracara

Caracara cheriway, the Crested caracara; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Here are two fairly lame (“drive-by”) shots of one extraordinary bird species: The Crested caracara, Caracara cheriway. A member of the Falcon family, the Crested caracara is a large…

Spring Break 2018: The Little Blue Heron

Egretta caerulea, the Little blue heron; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Admittedly, I’m not a massive bird fan. I should be given my adoration for the big damn archosaurs of the Mesozoic, but when it comes to today’s dinosaurian…

Spring Break 2018: The Black-crowned Night Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax, the Black-crowned night heron; Monroe county, Florida (16 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. Ranging throughout much of North and Central America, the Black-crowned night heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, is a relatively small heron species. Though quite common, they’re not as easily or…

Spring Break 2018: White Ibises Biding the Plenty of Time

Eudocimus albus, the American white ibis; Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. The American white ibis, Eudocimus albus, is a fairly abundant and comically awesome species ranging throughout much of the coastal American southeast. Throughout the Florida peninsula, they’re pretty…

Spring Break 2018: Call it the Anhinga or, if you’re feeling technical, Anhinga anhinga

Anhinga anhinga, the Anhinga; Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018). Spring Break 2018. Common names, such as “Dusky pigmy rattlesnake,” can be fairly easy to learn and pronounce. No problem there, right? Dusky-pigmy-rattlesnake. Easy. On the other hand, however, Latin names, the technical/scientific names…

Spring Break 2018: The Wood Stork

Mycteria americana, the Wood stork; Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2018). Series: Spring Break 2018. The Wood stork, Mycteria americana, is a fascinating and unconventionally beautiful bird. This isn’t a bright and colorful bird. It’s not particularly sleek or elegant. In fact, its plumage…

Phalacrocorax auritus, 21 March 2015

Phalacrocorax auritus, the Double-crested cormorant; Miami-Dade county, Florida (21 March 2015). Given my adoration for dinosaurs, I really should be more of a bird fan than I usually am on a day to day basis. Birds are cool, of course, and they can certainly…

Protonotaria citrea, 10 April 2016

Protonotaria citrea, the Prothonotary warbler; Lake county, Florida (10 April 2016). The Prothonotary warbler, Protonotaria citrea, is a small species that spends much of its time rooting about the ground and fallen foliage near calm bodies of water (such as swamps, lakes, and the…