Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Birding Paparazzi

Sunday, February 12th

Today I was contacted by Bob Pelkey and invited to join with him and several photographers participating in a photo workshop operated by a renown avian photographer Arthur Morris.

I met up with Bob and IPT group at Festival Park in north Cape Coral where they were working on techniques with photographing the very cooperative Florida Scrub-Jays. Attempts to get shots of the local Great Horned Owls, but they were uncooperative.  I did enjoy my visit with these folks.
One of the co-leaders was Peter Kes from Switzerland and I did enjoy reviewing his gallery.
Participants in the photography workshop

Earlier in the day, I took a few hours on a very cold ( by south Florida standards ) morning birding at Harn's Marsh.  Highlights included a count of at least 15 Snail Kites.  Most  were hunkering down waiting for the day to warm up.
My trip list - (52)
American Wigeon, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Stork, Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Cattle Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Snail Kite, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Common Gallinule, American Coot, Limpkin, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Fish Crow, Tree Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Palm Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Boat-tailed Grackle, Great Horned Owl, Florida Scrub-Jay, Eastern Meadowlark, Loggerhead Shrike, Mourning Dove, Monk Parakeet, Burrowing Owl.

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