wildlife wallpaper

Free downloadable wildlife wallpaper images for your computer desktop.

I have made a number of my wildlife images available here in the form of HD desktop wallpapers. Use the download buttons next to the images to download the aspect ratio appropriate for your display. Check these pages often as I will add additional images over time so that as many people as possible can enjoy images of these beautiful creatures that I was blessed enough to capture!

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Rainy Day Cooter

An Eastern River Cooter plays in the rain. Viera Wetlands – Melbourne, FL U.S.A.

Wading Great Blue Heron

A Great Blue Heron wades in the beautiful Viera Wetlands in Melbourne, FL. 

Reddish Egret Waiting for the Storm

At low tide, this Reddish Egret was hunting small fish in the shallows, but was also keeping a wary eye on the incoming thunderstorm. Birds have a sense for when they need to take cover. With the first lightning strike way off in the distance, all the wading birds’ feathers seemed to prick up just a bit. Other birds fly lower to the ground and water as the storm draws near.  

Eye On Black Vulture

Some people are freaked out by vultures, equating them to the undertakers of the bird kingdom due to the fact that they are scavangers that feed on carrion. But I think they are fascinating animals.  The black vulture lacks the incredible sense of smell of its bretherin Turkey Vultures, and can often be seen following other types of vulture in order to find food.  These black vultures can be found in the Myakka River State Park in abundence where visitors are warned that these birds will sometimes land on their vehicles and proceed to strip the rubber and plastic trim from the car in an attempt to find a way in!

Close Enough Gator

I let this female gator cruise up pretty close to where I was sitting so I could get a good portrait back-lit by the sunset. I think she was more curious than hungry, but I still pulled my feet up when she got close.

Side-Stepping Raccoon

I heard a rustling in the brush a bit up the road from where I was walking, so I knelt down on one knee and quietly sat still.  This skittish raccoon emerged and, after looking my way, side-stepped all the way across the road while keeping a wary eye on me.

Stick Marsh Spoonbill

During breeding season, spoonbills at the Stick Marsh spend many hours flying back and forth from the rookerie to the shore collecting nesting material.

Cattle Egret in Breeding Plumage

During breeding seasons, the reddish feathers on the crown and back of the Cattle Egret become brighter and elongated and the beak becomes a much brighter orange-red color.

Wakodahatchee Red-Shouldered Hawk Wings Up

At the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, this Red-Shouldered Hawk kept cruising low over a patch of the wetlands waiting for a swamp rat to come out of hiding. The rat had more patience than the hawk.

Osprey with Fish Head-On

It can be a bit disconcerting to see this coming straight at you down the pipe of a 560mm lens!  Osprey are unique birds of prey in that their diet consists almost exclusively of fish.