I took a very short walk yesterday morning, but met some lovely bird – and human – friends out there! The White Egret featured at the top of this post was obviously not quite awake yet when I spotted him just after sunrise ;-).But further along, I noticed that this White Egret, displaying a rather elegant, alert […]
You’ve probably heard some variation on the expression, “If it walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and sounds like a duck, it must be a duck.” Well, the truth is, it’s not so simple! There are many kinds of water fowl that look sort of like ducks, and are commonly mistaken for ducks, […]
When it’s a beautiful sunny day in mid-February in South Florida, it’s only natural that lots of people flock to the nature preserves to stroll and enjoy the fresh air and scenery. But unfortunately, that often means it is much too crowded with humans for my taste ;-). I prefer to go to the places […]
The Anhinga is a really cool bird for many reasons. For one thing, his red eyes and turquoise ‘eye shadow’ really stand out during breeding season. For another, the stately Anhinga is often seen standing in a tree or other convenient ‘drying rack’ with its wings outstretched, drying off, a really unusual-looking behavior. They engage in this […]
“Shabbat Shalom,” said the sleepy Eurasian Collared Dove~! This peaceful dove was roosting in the middle of a sunny day today in the Wetlands of South Florida. The last time I saw – and blogged about – this bird was in the Ashkelon National Park in Israel.
A couple of days ago, on a very dreary and overcast morning, I was out on the boardwalk with several other birders, photographers, and walkers. We were watching the Great Blue Herons fly back and forth across the water with small branches, on their way to and from their nesting areas. This one, however, was […]
Last evening was one of those really special times in the local wetlands preserve. Since it was just after sunset, cool, and very overcast, few people were there. As a result, it was quiet and still . . . just lovely. But, the birds were out and about before their bedtime~This large adult Wood Stork above […]
It is fascinating to observe the feeding behaviors of the large wading birds in our Wetlands. The Roseate Spoonbill featured above was using the steady, back-and-forth foraging motion this beautiful bird uses to find and capture its prey.Through a unique process called tactolocation, the Roseate feeds in shallow water by sweeping its large spoon-shaped bill from side to side. […]