Eastern Meadowlark

While it was a failed attempt to find a particular bird I was fortunate enough to have photographed an Eastern Meadowlark.

Eastern Meadowlark | Alice Mary Herden | May 2020

Such a vibrant yellow chest with their distinguished black v-shaped mark. You may be able to view a couple of the Eastern Meadowlarks perched on fence posts overlooking open fields. Upon my observation, it seems they like to perch on cattle dung mounds as well.


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Eastern Meadowlark | Alice Mary Herden | April 2020


Click on any of the photos to view the video. Unfortunately, it was a very windy day so there is no sound. I will upload a new video with sound when I can!





The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

Sometimes you just have to wait a half a year to go back to places you visited before, especially at different times of the seasons.

It was a very long day, and a very long drive but worth every minute!

Click on image to view my very small video coverage of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge!

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Be safe and always respect the natural space of wildlife.

Pileated Woodpecker

My nemesis… the Pileated Woodpecker. There are so many times that I hear them, see them but hardly ever good a good enough photograph until yesterday.

Pileated Woodpecker | Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve | Alice Mary Herden

For an article I am working on, I attended a talk at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve Education Center in Yankeetown.  I arrived quite earlier so I would have time to explore the boardwalk and take some photographs. For two hours nothing, until 30 minutes before the talk, there it was.

Unfortunately, this was the only angle I could get due to the thick marsh after a couple of feet and reminding myself that I had to attend this talk and interview someone I had to hold back. But if that was not the case, I would have put my boots on and headed out as far as I could for a better angle.

As you can see it maybe carving out a newer cavity from the amount of debris flying. What an amazing and beautiful bird as well as my favorite woodpecker.



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