This is the town of Cedar Key, Florida. Since the population isn't even 800 people, maybe I should call call it a village. Cedar Keys are surrounded by shallow water flats and thousands of acres of national wildlife refuge. It is truly a treasure and a place of beauty. As you can see from what is considered its downtown street, you won't find a Starbucks or any chain restaurants in this small out-of-the-way town but what you will find are generations of families who have protected, fished and clammed here their whole lives and wouldn't trade it for anything. I feel honored to know some of these families and the devotion they have for their community and its environment. ------------------------ 🐾
To help raise awareness and provide education for nature and wildlife conservation my imagery is available for purchase on my website and is also hanging in my solo gallery at the Everglades Wonder Gardens in Florida. Other gallery shows are listed on my website and updated as new shows open across Florida. Thank you for following me. 🙏 Marc. 🌑
One of the best things ever: Getting down in the mud in the company of one of the most uniquely beautiful birds in the world while it sifts the shallow waters for food. And it's really wonderful they are cool with it! ------------------------- 💕
Great egret flying over the beautiful waters of Cedar Keys, Florida. It didn't matter if it was raining or the sun was out, the beauty of the surrounding shallow waters and its inhabitants are spectacular. Full of #conservation#sanctuaries for #Florida colonial water birds, this area once recorded 200,000 thousand nesting birds but today the number is closer to 20,000 thousand. --------------------------- Thank you for stopping in!
I've had the great fortune to be able to step back in time in this 'old Florida' village full of natural beauty, wildlife, barrier islands, salt marshes and sanctuaries. Rich in history, and a coastal environment that remains unspoiled, it fills me with inspiration every time I continue to visit here. It's a paradise like no other.
I'll be sharing more documentary photos on IG and on gallery walls. I'll be heading back again in the upcoming days. Sorry for the lulls in my IG participation. On assignments through October. Copyright MarcHarris/MarcHarrisWildlife Cheers! Marc.
Florida is suffering. We are plagued with a devastating and deadly red-tide algae and drift algae that is killing our wildlife who depend on our clean water for survival. Fish, birds, turtles, dolphins, manatee are washing up on our shorelines and dying in our rivers, canals and backyards. It's real and it's horrific. Our state has been declared a state of emergency but solutions are slow and the deadly toxins are taking over fast. More to come on future posts.
Enjoy this beautiful great blue heron. His next meal could be his last. Reality.
I'd like to thank the National Wildlife Federation for the feature story and MarcHarrisWildlife photo in their brand new August/September magazine issue. The NWF.org is America's largest conservation organization and works with more than 6 million members, partners & supporters from coast-to-coast to educate, develop resources and promote achievable solutions. To purchase the image and help educate & promote wildlife conservation go to marcharriswildlife.com. To make a donation to NWF go to facebook.com/marcharriswildlife or nwf.org. Please help build the conservation cause to protect wildlife and natures habitats. Thank you! Marc.
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. - _ Hope everyone is having a great summer. . . . For authentic accounts of wildlife conservation thank you for staying with me or please join me @harriswildlife. . . . . .
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. ✌️ . For authentic accounts of wildlife conservation and the beauty of nature and wildlife we are loosing to mankind, please stay with me or join me @harriswildlife. I appreciate your support of the importance that conservation photography documentation plays in our world's environmental awareness initiatives. . . #elite_owls#yearofthebird#audubon#audubonsociety#nikonnofilter#conservation#natgeo#bestnatureshots#shots_of_animals#magic_marvels#birds_adored#onlyowls#ethicalowlphoto#animals_captures#animalelite#featured_wildlife#planetbirds#nature_worldwide_birds#wildlifeinspired#birds_adored#eye_spy_birds#your_best_birds
Bird on a Stick Tri-colored heron - - 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. - - For the authenticity of wildlife conservation and the beauty of nature and wildlife we are loosing to mankind, please stay with me or join me @harriswildlife. I appreciate your support and dedication to the importance of saving our planet. Have a wonderful weekend! Happy Father's Day!! - -
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 - - -
For authentic accounts of wildlife conservation and the beauty of the nature and wildlife we are loosing to mankind, please stay with me or join me at @harriswildlife. I appreciate your support and dedication to the importance of nature and wildlife conservation. -