Mark Hedden

Mark Hedden is a photographer, writer, and semi-professional birdwatcher. He has lived in Key West for more than 25 years and may no longer be employable in the real world. He is also executive director of the Florida Keys Audubon Society.

WILD THINGS: THE SECRET LIVES OF YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS

It would be tough to be a yellow-billed cuckoo in the Florida Keys if you viewed yourself through the eyes of a birdwatcher, because, well, you’d always just be...

WILD THINGS: NOTES ON A NEAR-HURRICANE

Winslow Homer painted two watercolors on his first trip to Key West in 1895. The first was a relatively demure study of a coconut palm. There was nothing wrong...

WILD THINGS COLUMN: AN IDEA OF ORDER AT KEY WEST

In the proper scheme of things we, as humans, are not supposed to occupy intimate space with a bird like a Cory’s shearwater. Shearwaters are pelagic birds, designed to...

A GRAVEL ROOF AND SOME SHADE — THE LEAST WE CAN DO FOR LEAST TERNS

Least terns never seem substantial enough to exist in the real world. The rational part of my brain knows they’re made of flesh and blood and feathers like all...

WILD THINGS: THE AFTERNOON THAT HASN’T ENDED

It was mid June, hot as Hades and I was on the sidewalk outside of Harpoon Harry’s after lunch.  This was three years ago. The heat was that all-encompassing, shirt-soaking, spirit-abusing...

WILD THINGS: 2 SCENES FROM A BREEDING SEASON

She flew in and landed atop the fence, although it wasn’t immediately clear that she was a she. Mourning doves are sexually monomorphic, meaning both genders look the same,...