Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Way out West

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Cracker Cow

Our final Audubon Bird ID Course class was held in western Martin County. It turned out to be quite an adventure, better than we could have hoped.
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Waterbirds and Friends

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Deer, Okeeheelee Park

Wrapping up the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge – Okeeheelee Nature Center trip, a few photos of birds that like to hang out on or around the water, and some of their friends.
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Woodpeckers, a cardinal, a hawk and a bug

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Northern Cardinal

For this post we have a variety of birds, and one bug.
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Head shots

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

A friend took me to the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County today. After lunch we went to another preserve in West Palm Beach. What an embarrassment of riches! Thanks, A!

Because I have so many photos, I’m going to spread them out over a few posts. There are more than 20 larger photos on my gallery.

Tonight we have some head shots of notorious birds — and one other critter — found on and around the water.
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Bird ID Class, March 7, ’08

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Our local Audubon chapter Bird ID class began at Blowing Rocks Preserve, operated by the Nature Conservancy, on Jupiter Island, Florida. Jupiter Island (map) is a barrier island. On the leeward side is the southern end of the Indian River Lagoon; the opposite side faces the Atlantic.
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A hard rain

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

We had a little rain this afternoon. One observer spotted 1-inch (25-mm) hail near Halpatiokee Park, where I had been just before the storm hit. I almost finished grocery shopping in time ….
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Birding Tripleheader, March 3, ’08

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Bald Eagle head

Three stops on my birding trip today: The eagles’ nest, St. Lucie Lock, and Dupuis WEMA.
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Birding trip, March 1, ’08

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Birding close to home again today. I went looking for Florida Scrubjays at a recommended location, but didn’t see any. I also had information on another likely birding spot, a stormwater pollution-treatment facility in Port Salerno, only a few miles from here. That spot had my kind of birds: The ones that let you get close enough for good photos! In addition to the photos in this post there are 18 more on my gallery.
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One day, two birding trips

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Our local Audubon Bird ID course took us to two places today. We started at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, then headed west to Jones-Hungryland Wildlife Management Area after lunch. There are a few larger pictures on my gallery, but I didn’t get as many as hoped, which is going to disappoint someone. Birds against the sky, and flying birds far away, are beyond my ability to photograph without blurring. But there are a few good photos here, cropped out of larger frames.
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J.W. Corbett WMA, February 28, ’08

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

The J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area is about 20 miles from home. It covers 94 square miles (24,250 hectares) in northern Palm Beach County, to the southeast of Dupuis WEMA. Corbett WMA is so large, the eastern edge almost touches the Grassy Waters Preserve, where I took the FMNP Wetlands course. I’d never been to Corbett WMA before, and today was perfect for a drive-through inspection. It was sunny, but only 65º F (18º C). I drove 12 miles through the area and back. My plan was to stop and take walks along the way, but I didn’t find many trails that weren’t flooded, so I mostly observed from the car.
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