Early morning encounter.

I am usually very conscious, and good, about keeping a proper distance from wildlife. The goal is to get close enough to capture the moment in a good picture, but not so close that the animals ever feel threatened. Different animals display certain, often subtle, signs if you get too close. Over the years I’ve gotten very good at noticing these and reacting to them.

 In this case I was taking pictures of a juvenile Osprey who was not quite able to fly yet (see picture of one eating a fish). Suddenly out of the corner of my eye there was movement, it immediately became evident that, at least according to the mother Osprey, who I had not seen until now, I was too close to her baby.  She came directly at me, I was probably calmer than I should have been, but I immediately realized that if she wanted to hurt me there was nothing I could do. She was coming at me too fast and was too close for me to properly react. (I also have a very bad back and neck and as a result of this I cannot react or move too quickly.)

So I decided to take a few pictures. After all, if she does attack me it’s my own fault for not noticing her before she decided to come after me.  Around 10 feet from me she veered away and glided to and landed in a tree. I immediately started to back away from the area, keeping her in my sight.  After all, I was now very conscious about her and she had my complete and undivided attention. – Everglades National Park, Florida

Osprey in flight early in the morning  – Everglades National Park, Florida

Fern plant growing on the side of a palm tree, Everglades national Park. Florida.

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Early morning - Everglades National Park

Roseate Spoonbill– It was very early in the morning. I was sitting near this lake reading; as usual I could not sleep. As the sun began to rise, this Spoonbill landed in the water right next to me.  Everglades National Park

Roseate Spoonbill– It was very early in the morning. I was sitting near this lake reading; as usual I could not sleep. As the sun began to rise, this Spoonbill landed in the water right next to me.  Everglades National Park

Snowy Egret – Everglades National Park

Bald Cypress with Potbelly Airplant. This type of Bromeliad is native to Florida- Everglades National Park, Florida

Northern Waterthrush bathing- Everglades National Park, Florida

Alligators - Everglades National Park, Florida

A Baby Cormorant still in its nest. Everglades National Park, Florida