A Short Trip to Florida

Marly and I just got back from a quick trip to the Bradenton, Florida area. We joined friends for a lot of tennis and good company, but of course I was also hoping to do some photography. We didn’t get to do much in the way of pictures, but I did manage to snap a few shots on some early morning walks in the neighborhood.

It’s hard to go to Florida and not see numerous Great Egrets, and this trip was no exception.

Great Egret wading in water with reflection
Great Egret, Nikkor 80-400mm VR @ 400mm, 1/3200 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 800

While walking across a footbridge I happened to spot this Black-crowned Night-Heron through the branches. I never got a clear shot but wanted to capture him any way just for identification.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Nikkor 80-400mm VR @ 400mm, 1/200 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 800

Later on the walk we were thrilled to see a large Osprey perched on a dead tree. Unfortunately it was too far away for a decent shot, but we enjoyed seeing it just the same.

This Little Blue Heron was chowing down on some breakfast and seemed unfazed by our presence.

Little Blue Heron with food item in beak, Florida
Little Blue Heron, Nikkor 80-400mm VR @ 400mm, 1/400 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 560

I was hoping Marly would get to glimpse an alligator while we were there, so this was a welcome sight:

Swimming alligator in Florida
Alligator, Nikkor 80-400mm VR @ 400mm, 1/400 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 560

Florida is depressingly over-developed, but the wildlife is still abundant and easy to find. I’m looking forward to our next trip which will hopefully be more photography-centric!

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