Eastern Meadowlark singing


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The Eastern Meadowlark’s song is one of the most magnificent bird songs. The Male Eastern Meadowlark sings boldly and frequently during breeding season and they tend to favor fence posts. It is delightful to listen to their musical expertise. They seem to announce the arrival of spring!

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Smooth-Billed Ani


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The Smooth-Billed Ani is uncommon in Florida. This is the first Smooth-Billed Ani I have ever encountered, so I chased this one through a field near Viera to capture a quick image. This bird is a Caribbean Island native that established a small group in south Florida in 1937 after a storm. The Smooth-Billed Ani is common in South America and the Caribbean but in Florida, their numbers are steadily decreasing. I’m told they are very scarce in Florida. In South America, where they are plentiful, they live in large groups and the females lay their eggs in a single communal nest tended by the entire group. They are interesting looking birds related to Cuckoos. The Smooth-Billed Ani is zygodactyl, which means they have eccentric feet with two toes pointing forward and two toes pointing backward.

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Brown Pelicans


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The Brown Pelican is an interesting seabird. They dive headfirst from high above the ocean into the water for fish. They use the force of the impact of their plunge dive to stun the fish and then scoop them into their pouch. This maneuver can cause as much as 2 to 2.5 gallons of water in the pelican’s throat pouch, which they need to drain. Frequently as they are draining the water from their pouch, gulls fly over and steal the fish right out of its pouch. The Brown Pelican lives year-round in some areas of Florida. I photographed this one flying low over the water with its wingtip almost dipping into the water surface as it glided by.

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Female Northern BobWhite


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The Female Northern BobWhite is seen (at least for me) even more seldom that the male. The Northern Bobwhite nests on the ground. The male and female work together for about five days to weave grass and weeds which camouflage their nest. The Female can lay as many as 28 eggs! That’s a lot of Baby Bobwhites to keep warm and feed. I photographed this Female under a Palm tree in Florida. Nesting on the ground seems risky anywhere but especially in Florida with all the predatory animals around. Owls, Snakes, Hawks, Raccoons and Skunks all prey on the adults and their young!

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Female Hooded Merganser taking off in flight


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The Male Hooded Merganser seems to get all the attention because of his coloring and fan-shaped white crest however the Female Hooded Merganser is very attractive with her tawny crest.   I was visiting the Viera Wetlands and this beautiful Female Hooded Merganser took off from the water with no sighting of the male.  They are only winter residents in that area of Florida so maybe he was nearby.  They are capable of taking off very quickly from water so I feel fortunate to have captured this image.

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Wallace Weeks Photography

A Travel Photographer

The objective of the images that Wallace Weeks creates is to ignite emotions. Creating images that spark a sense of serenity, curiosity, marvel or desire are special to Wallace because he feels it first. Wallace says “If that was not enough, experiencing different cultures of the world while creating my images makes what I do very special to me.”

From the culture of creativity that is Paris, to the culture of community that is Luang Prabang, and the culture of diversity that is Chicago, the photography of Wallace Weeks expresses what is important to the people in a location. The subject of each destination is best described as cultural anthropology.

Wallace’s travels began before his ability to remember was developed and the love of photography began only a handful of years later. Wallace has studied and practiced photography since the age of 12 and first got into the business more than 40 years ago. His early experience in the business was derived primarily from event and studio photography. Given the lifelong travel activity, it should be no wonder that the business has migrated to be specialized in travel photography. However specialized it may sound travel photography includes portraiture, architectural, food, sports, landscape, and sports photography.

Today, Wallace’s Orlando, Florida based business produces images for the assignments of advertisers who want to make people go to a place. It may be a small café, city, county, or a cruise to many places. Images are also produced for the assignments of magazines, books, and electronic media that publish travel related content. And, Wallace produces stock photography for several stock agencies, has a direct licensing system, and produces art for decor markets. His images are used worldwide.

Sharing his passion with others who are interested in traveling with a camera is another part of his business. For this, Wallace Weeks Photography produces workshops and programs to help others get more and better pictures from their travels, publishes educational content, and in 2012 will begin to operate international photo tours.

If you would like to view Wallace’s photography or learn about his events you may visit his website at www.wallaceweeks.com.

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Brown Pelican Portrait

Brown Pelican Portrait
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-100These Pelicans are so pretty and colorful but they are almost comical with their huge bill. They dive head first for their food and can dive into the water from as high as 65 feet! They can hold 2.5 gallons of water in their throat pouch. Seems a pretty efficient way to eat.
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Coming in for a Landing

American White Pelican landing on water
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-100If you live in an area where these immense birds are common this is not an unusual find, but for me this was an exciting photo capture. These birds have an enormous wingspan and this one looks like it is skiing as it is landing right in front of me. I think he is putting his best foot forward. What do you think?
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Blue-Crowned Parakeets

Pair of Blue-crowned parakeets
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-100While in Florida a friend took me to see the “green parakeets” in Melbourne. These birds are native to South America and I have no idea how they established themselves in South Florida, but they are very interesting, beautiful and social creatures. They are also VERY loud!
Blue-crowned prarakeet
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My First Barred Owl Sighting

Barred Owl landing in a tree
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-1003I was recently visiting family in Florida and photographed my first ever Barred Owl. These creatures are Large and unlike most other owls, have brown eyes. I saw this one landing in a tree with feet out in front of him (or her). They make surprisingly no noise when they fly.
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