Marc Harris | Wildlife@harriswildlife

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Northern mockingbird

This bird's famous song, with its varied repetitions and artful imitations, is heard all day during nesting season (and often all night as well). Very common in towns and cities, especially in southern areas, the Mockingbird often seeks insects on open lawns. When running in the open it may stop every few feet and partly spread its wings, flashing the white wing patches. Mockingbirds are bold in defense of their nests, attacking cats and even humans that venture too close.

Good to be back after almost a monthlong absence of posting. Although I did get to enjoy seeing what everyone's been up to thus far this summer. I'll be traveling, checking in and posting when I can. -
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Burrowing owl triplets

On this day there are two other siblings out and about practicing what their parents taught them. Without a doubt, it was pure adrenaline and joy watching this family of 7 this season. I was able to visit with them frequently from the first time I witnessed them emerge from the burrow all the way through first flights and many flights that followed. All 5 owlets nor either parent were ever disturbed by my presence from the distance and location I chose to observe them from.
Mom and Dad were awesome parents and gave the little ones guidance and independence to do well in their years to come. Dad was the main set of eyes most of the time, focused and strongly attentive. Mom was nurturing, protective and influential. I could feel the love and closeness in their family unit.
I still check in on the burrow from time to time which has grown to three burrows and wonder who is who when I see their adorable little heads poking up from the tall grasses. Dad is distinguishable from all the rest and as I peek in on him and his life long mate from time to time this summer and fall it will be interesting to see if the siblings stay to start colonies right there, where they can all keep an eye on each other. Since burrowing owls are sexually mature at age one, I'll be on the lookout next spring for new burrows being utilized by the young ones and new mates found for a growing family of offspring.
Until then...I wish them safety and pray for no harm. It's a challenging environment out there. Peace to them all forever. ✌️ .
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Nap time.

Roseate spoonbill passing a glance my way before deciding this marshy pond was the perfect place for a little relaxation time.
Some Roseates remain in the Florida Everglades and areas of southern Florida year round. I guess I would have to call them our resident roseates.
As long as we keep our environment safe and protected along with #cleanwater, we will have the privilege of seeing these gorgeous birds and all shore birds and wildlife that depend on us for survival.
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Visit my website at marcharriswildlife.com for gallery information and exhibition schedules. Peace, Marc.
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Bird on a Stick
Tri-colored heron
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This photo was taken in an Everglades marsh. This area is a vibrant home to a bald eagle nest, a pond with alligators ( one mammoth dude that obviously never goes hungry) lots of fish and a stopover place for hundreds of birds at a time. When I visit I never know what I might experience. Whether it's a busy time or quiet time, it's always beautiful.
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Have a wonderful weekend! Happy Father's Day!!
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"Father and Child"
Burrowing owls

It is "in" these moments that I am most appreciative of the opportunities I have been given. A Father and child spend the last light of day sharing a quiet, private moment together. This was one of the final images taken of this family prior to the owlets fledging.Enjoy, Marc Harris Wildlife -
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Happy Father's Day!
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On March 22nd of this year I wrote a post about about an Osprey family that lost their nest during hurricane Irma in September 2017. It was literally blown out of their tree and landed upside down in twiggy pieces at the base of the tree. The osprey couple stayed on the empty branches of their tree defending their territory until it was time to rebuild for breeding season. There were tussles and even a few injuries while they held their ground. When I showed back up this year to check on them I can happily report that their new nest was completed and held a brand new family of chicks. I'm not sure about the stability of the tree anymore since it no longer has any greenery. But like any osprey, they will stay and defend their home as long as it is standing.
In this photo taken in April, Mom is standing guard near her nest of young ones. I hope our hurricane season leaves them in peace.
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The month of May dumped historical amounts of rain on Florida. And we are just entering the beginning of hurricane season. Right now we have one of the largest fresh water lakes in the United States, Lake Okeechobee, in the center of the state overflowing. The army core of engineers are set to begin to release the dirty water of this 730 sq. mile/ 1900 km 2 size lake into our rivers, estuaries and ultimately our beaches. The shore birds that call southwest Florida their home are in for another kick in the beak. This polluted water hurts everyone and everything. The lake dam is at risk of breaking, water consumption for people is compromised, our aquatic life is poisoned and our beautiful wildlife have to rely on clean water for survival.
Dislodged creatures have to go on the hunt for a clean drink of water or just a meal.
To witness our waters turn literally dark brown and sea life washed up on the shores and banks is so sad. It's painful to watch what is happening to the world around us.
Please take a moment and enjoy the beauty and peaceful existence that this beautiful roseate spoonbill is experiencing today.
I have no idea where he, she, or their family will be eating tomorrow.

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It was a different kind of weekend for me over the last few days. Florida was covered up with rain and some gusty winds from subtropical storm Alberto that threatened SWFL. Most birds were hunkered down when they could be but the moms and pops that had little ones in nests had to endure the pelting rain and winds to feed their babies and fledglings. Here I am, under canopy watching two northern mockingbirds who are soaked to the bone, taking turns feeding their family. The little ones are tucked into a bush but no doubt being subjected to the consequences of the storm. I must admit I felt a little guilty that I could remain dry and safe while I photographed this set of parents doing what they innately have to do to protect their offspring and survive. They were impressive as they moved about, back and forth with tasty insects clinched in their beaks all day.
It's hard for me to imagine that these independent and gregarious birds were once popular as pets. So much so that they nearly disappeared from the eastern coast of the U.S.
Awesome job little mockingbird family!
Happy Tuesday everyone!
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Learning to fly starts with a few jumps. Continuing with jumps to wing flutters, then flutters to flight. This little burrowing owl is giving the jumping thing a go. Again, It's one of the five owlets in this family of 7. They're beginning to move around a bit since I spent a day photographing them at the end of April.
Once the tropical storm and rain begins to move out of here I hope to continue my chronicle of these cool little birds' next adventure. Although I do stop by and check on them a few times a week, I have not been in their presence since they playfully emerged from their burrow under the strict watchful eye of their parents.
Hang in there little ones!
We need you, and all animals collectively to support human life. That's why I'm dedicated to tell your truth through wildlife conservation photography.

Fortunately, there are plenty of people on earth that get this but horrifically there are many who do not.

The value of nature conservation is tantamount to our existence.
Heartbrokenly: To the disturbed and cruel evil-doers who have harmed and wiped out colonies of these endangered little creatures for greed or fun or whatever reason...you have no moral compass.
Today I can feel another's sorrow as @andyparkinsonphoto emotionally lamented the immoral cruelty to another living creature he had to bear witness to.
Peace. Marc.
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Owls, owls, owls!!!
As they grow up and begin to fly around and explore with their new set of wings, as wildlife photographers, we're elated to see the exciting progress but also trepidatious for their future and safety.
This little burrowing owl isn't sure whether he should be hopping from mound to mound or going airborne like some of his brothers and sisters. Two out of four other siblings have taken to the air on this drizzling day but this little one is just not ready.
But full of spunk...
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Juvenile little blue heron -

We are expecting lots of rain this weekend. If I keep driving, eventually I will find a respite in the weather and wonderful opportunities to capture our world and its beauty. -

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I look forward to hearing about, and seeing your adventurous escapades from all over the world! 🌎🌍🌏 -
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