Great Blue Heron

Since moving to the Florida Gulf Coast in June 2018, I’ve found real pleasure in admiring and photographing the local birds. At times, it seems that my camera is drawn mostly to waterbirds – but then I spent over an hour just standing near a bald eagle’s nest in hopes of seeing a white head.

The array of big showy birds that can be found here on the Pinellas Peninsula (from Clearwater Beach to St. Pete) has been so wonderfully consuming, that I haven’t made much time for photographing the smaller inland birds or the more common waterbirds, like gulls and ducks.

Actually, I still have a ton of photos I need to still sort through that include quite a few birds types not part of this selection. Another day…

Of course, there are also still so many rare birds I haven’t had a chance to photograph at all. And other birds, I’m hoping to catch again under better lighting conditions – mainly the roseate spoonbill, black skimmer and black-crowned night-heron. 

The photos below are a small selection of favorites.  You can see a larger version of each photo by clicking on it.

If you want to see more, check out the full collection of Florida Birds on my photography website.

All photos are available for purchase. 

Roseate Spoonbills drawing away attention from Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron
Pelican Sunset off Honeymoon Island Dog Beach
Osprey Lunch
Great Egret Take-off
Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron
Great Horned Owl staring down Osprey Trail
Nanday Parakeet        
Turkey Vulture and Black Vulture and a dead Racoon
White Ibis in Largo
Egret Fly-By
Pelican flying along Clearwater Beach at sunset
Great Blue Heron at sunset
Anhinga in Taylor Park, Largo
Great Egret on Sandkey Isle
Bald Eagle in Honeymoon Island State Park
Brown Pelican at Belleair Boat Ramp
Great Blue Heron at Clearwater Pass
Adult Bald Eagle in Nest , Florida Bird
Nesting Bald Eagle on Honeymoon Island in 2019

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