A Few Recent Bird/Wildlife Shots from the S. Fla Wetlands

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  1. zackiedawg

    zackiedawg Member Staff Member

    For any considering an excursion down here for some birding and wildlife shooting, I haven't posted any recent wildlife stuff in a while, as it's not a general topic too many are interested in. But thought those that are might like a glimpse of some of the stuff we've been seeing down here the past few weeks...so here's an appetizer of stuff taken since Christmas - a bit of wetlands tapas:

    Roseate spoonbill:
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    Red-shouldered hawk:
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    Great blue heron in flight, low over the water:
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    Wood stork flying past:
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    Alligator opening its mouth to exhaust excess heat:
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    Brown water snake all coiled up on a palm frond fan:
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    Pied-billed grebe:
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    Female anhinga with a nice sized fish:
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    Green iguana wearing his orange mating colors, saying hello:
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    Osprey, fresh out of the water with a fish catch, shaking itself off while flying:
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    Common yellowthroat down by the water:
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    The hard to find and hard to catch in the open, sora:
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    A Florida cooter, taking a load off his feet to rest high and dry:
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    The lovely male least bittern, another bird that birders from abroad really hope to see down here:
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    Tricolor heron, making the plunge for a fish:
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  2. gary

    gary Member

    all right, you have me interested
     
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  3. zackiedawg

    zackiedawg Member Staff Member

    This is really a great time of year down here - not only the wintering and migrating birds, but the cooler weather, and now the nesting is really starting in earnest.
    This past Saturday, 1/9/21, I had a couple of hours at the end of the day to pop into my local wetlands spots. Starting around 3:20pm and wrapping up at 5:15pm, just under two hours just taking a 2 1/2 mile slow walk and shooting what I came across...this will give an idea of the density and diversity:

    Really close up of a double-crested cormorant standing about 10 feet from me, and staring down at the water looking for fish:
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    Pied-billed grebe cruising along:
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    Red-shouldered hawk flying over me and circling:
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    Tricolor heron flying past me, low and close:
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    The gorgeous American bittern, enjoying some late afternoon sun:
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    A little blue heron cruising past:
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    Eastern phoebe perched on a branch:
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    Tricolor heron flying overhead as sunset light kicked in:
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    Roseate spoonbill flying past catching that warm sunset glow:
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    A great egret passing high overhead, catching the final sunlight of the day:
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  4. Nancy AK

    Nancy AK Member

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