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The Least of the terns

Posted 05-07-2012 at 09:33 AM by NewMexiKen

We often joke that Florida has two seasons, hot and hotter. We also generally have a dry fall and winter season that gives way to a wet and humid summer. Although our mangoes and avocados put out inconspicuous blossoms, south Florida experiences no explosion of color to mark the onset of the vernal equinox. The mockingbirds sing all year around, though their tempo and volume picks up just as the Palm Warblers depart to breed in far northwestern Canada.

Up north, robins herald...
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My new gear and birds in my "fake hammock"

Posted 09-21-2011 at 11:05 AM by NewMexiKen

The path that leads to to our favorite birding patch is only a few paces outside the entrance gate to our subdivision. However, we must reach the gate by walking in front of about two blocks of residences. Clothed in our rugged garb, we accept quizzical stares from passing motorists as they bring their kids to school or head for the office, all dressed up. We are often recognized as birders, and have acquired some legitimacy by answering questions from neighbors, such as "Did you notice that...
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Hazards of Bird Photography

Posted 08-22-2011 at 02:57 PM by NewMexiKen

Birding and wildlife photography, as spectator sports, are usually not considered very hazardous activities. Oh, I've stepped on yellow jacket tunnels, bumped my head against hornet nests, stood on fire ant hills, suffered itchy poison ivy rash and chigger bites, tripped over old barbed wire fences and battled deer flies and mosquitoes, but... I'm getting ahead of myself, so let's start at the beginning.

Back in Illinois, illness had curtailed my outdoors activities and caused...
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