I remember being thrilled when I captured this shot in 2009 on my first visit to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. I just happened to turn around while descending the stairs from a platform overlooking a grasslands, and there he was — bird perched on a branch just a few feet away. Luckily, camera was ready and at hand! Now, thanks to my new book, Birds of Florida (by Pranty, Radamaker, and Kennedy, Lone Pine Publishing, 2006), I’m just as thrilled that I know what kind of bird this is. He’s not a warbler, as originally thought, but a Blue-headed vireo.
Here are a few pictures from my recent trip to Bonita Springs, FL. While I spent much of my time with family, these are mostly pictures of nature and wildlife (with a couple of notable exceptions). Click on any image to start the slideshow.