I haven't posted updates in a while, but of course still actively photographing out in the wetlands every weekend when I'm in town. Since we're getting a little closer to the planned TMIP South Florida wildlife trip, I figured I'd share some of the action from the wetlands over the past month or so. Of course, I can't guarantee what will be there come Spring, but there will be plenty of species to see and shoot and from ridiculous up-close distances. Late fall into winter is when things start to really pick up and when we get the chance to see some different species than usual with all the wintering residents, and some of the secretive critters coming out into the open more. Enjoy: Momma bobcat, early morning - she wanted to get past me on the levee, and crept cautiously while keeping a wary eye - just 15 feet away: A wonderful barred owl, not the usual owls we get in our wetlands - he spent several months enjoying the cypress forests and allowed me to get within 10-15 feet of him: North America's largest woodpecker, the pileated woodpecker: Big Florida softshell turtle trying to get out of the water for a rest, using a downed tree as an island: Curious young raccoon, coming through the forest and encountering...me! He wasn't too sure if I was safe, so stared me down for a beat, before deciding I wasn't a threat: The excellent fisherman, the osprey, seems to come up with a fish at least once in every 3 or 4 tries: This big guy must have thought I was his dentist, because he seemed to want to show me his tonsils: The northern harrier making a pass over the wetlands, scaring pretty much every other bird and reptile below: These things are supposed to be 'elusive', but this American bittern didn't get the memo and decided to walk right up onto the levee with his neck stretched out: A nice pose from the red-shouldered hawk: The yellow-bellied sapsucker, busy drilling holes in the local cypress trees to get at that sweet sap: Another bird that's supposed to be elusive - but this Wilson's snipe didn't seem to mind me standing there 10 feet away photographing it as it fed along the shore: The very pretty black-bellied whistling duck, especially in flight when you get to see those wings out: Female belted kingfisher showing her rusty chest coloration that the males don't have: One of my favorite wintering ducks, the northern shoveler, with that giant bill: The last 4 were taken just this weekend. Tempted yet?