a black and white bird is standing in the water

WILD THINGS COLUMN: BLACK-NECKED STILTS OF THE KEYS

I can’t get over the length of black-necked stilts’ legs. They’re incredibly long in proportion to their body – hence the name. Your average black-necked stilt stands...
two birds perched on top of a wooden pole

WILD THINGS COLUMN: BIRDS AND PICTURES

It is hard to think about composition when taking a picture of a bird. So many elements are out of your control – foremost being the bird.  A...
a bird perched on top of a palm tree

WILD THINGS: SHORT-TAILS & SHORT WALKS

I was walking my dog through the Meadows, thinking some very non-specific thoughts, when I heard the screaming. I had my suspicions about the source, but wanted...
a small brown and white bird laying on the ground

WILD THINGS: STEPPING CAREFULLY AROUND THE MAINLAND

If you drive north into the rest of America, especially if you haven’t been there for a while, it can feel like surfacing in a pool after...
a large bird flying through a blue sky

WILD THINGS: THE ROADS LESS TRAVELED

A small flock of magnificent frigatebirds chasing each other just above the power lines next to the Key West Golf Course was the first species of the...
a group of birds standing on top of a body of water

WILD THINGS:A LEAST TERN AND REDDISH EGRET TABLEAU

The interior of the 12-year-old Honda CR-V is well insulated, soundwise, but still, the raindrops thumping on the roof were loud. Ellen Westbrook and I had been...
a small bird perched on a branch of a tree

WILD THINGS: BIRDS & STORMS

Birds are not necessarily the first thing on most people’s minds when a hurricane is churning toward them. But birders have some unique personalities, and I’ve received...
a couple of birds that are in the water

WILD THINGS: RAINY DAYS & MONDAYS SOMETIMES BRING ME DUCKS

It might have been smart to bring a raincoat. I realized this as Ellen Westbrook got into the car with a raincoat over her arm, because Ellen...
a small bird sitting on top of a green leafy tree

WILD THINGS: WHERE THE BIRDS ARE AND ARE NOT

My wife generally doesn’t go out birdwatching with me unless there’s a rarity involved, preferably a species that has been seen fewer than five times in North...
a small bird perched on a branch of a tree

WILD THINGS: A WALK IN THE PARK

When I came through the entrance to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden the woman who works in the gift shop gave me grief for...

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