Tag Archives: Florida

Red-shouldered Hawk, First Light

The Red-shouldered Hawk that was sharing a snag with the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks blended right into the branch when he turned away from me.

Red-shouldered Hawk With Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Red-shouldered Hawk With Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

The hawk opted to move on.

Red-shouldered Hawk Flying Off, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Red-shouldered Hawk Flying Off, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

He didn’t go far, maybe just needed his own space.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

These snags stand in one of the wetland cells created as part of the city’s water reclamation process.

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks

Limpkin are known for eating the freshwater apple snail, Ampullariidae. But it turns out they eat other mollusks using their specialized beak.

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks
Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks

This water outflow is near the maintenance facility at Orlando Wetlands, and provided a buffet of choices for this diligent Limpkin.

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks
Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks

The green kerchief on his head is a leaf that stuck when he plunged his head into the water.

Limpkin Feeding on Mollusks
Limpkin Feeding Smashing his Mollusk catch

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Snowy Egret: Extra Points on The Fly By

Sometimes it seems like birds are showing off.

Snowy Egret Flying By
Snowy Egret Flying By

I was certainly impressed with this Snowy Egret’s flight skills.

Snowy Egret Flying By, Dragging His Feet
Snowy Egret Flying By, Dragging His Feet

He skimmed the pond in front of me with his toes in and out of the water.

Snowy Egret Flying By, Dragging His Feet
Snowy Egret Flying By, Dragging His Feet

I thought he was going to land, but he opted to pass on by.

Snowy Egret Flying By, Dragging His Feet
Snowy Egret Flying By, Dragging His Feet

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Two Common Gallinules were making a splash.

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

A little dispute ensued…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

A point was made…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Face off!

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Ok, it’s all over, nothing more to see…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Or not!

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, First Light

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were hanging out on a series of snags in the first morning light.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks In Tree Snag
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks In Tree Snag

Everyone had their own spot.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck In Tree Snag
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck In Tree Snag

And they weren’t alone.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks In Tree Snag
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks and a Hawk In Tree Snag

This snag stands in one of the wetland cells created as part of the city’s water reclamation process.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks In Tree Snag
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks In Tree Snag

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Sandhill Crane Family On Walk

The Sandhill Crane family was on a walk when I passed by their marsh area.

Sandhill Crane Family On A Walk
Sandhill Crane Family On A Walk

The youngster, known as a colt because of their long legs, was curious about his surroundings but didn’t stray far from his parents. I didn’t see any sign that junior had started to fly, which happens around two months of age.

Sandhill Crane Juvenile
Sandhill Crane Colt

Sandhill Cranes are omnivores, poking around in the swamp and grasses for food.

Sandhill Crane Adult
Sandhill Crane Adult

The parents seemed to be more attentive than when I saw them two days before this.

Sandhill Crane Family On A Walk
Sandhill Crane Family On A Walk

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Reddish Egret Session Photobombed

There is no etiquette amongst the wading birds.

Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret

Birds just drop in on each other, no announcement necessary.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

You were busy fishing, I’ll share your spot.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in, Tricolored Heron flying by
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in, Tricolored Heron flying by

Maybe just hop a bit further on.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

I don’t know if they actually touched, but it sure was close.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

The Reddish Egret never kept to his path and the Ibis did keep moving. Once the Ibis touched down he didn’t look as big as with his wings out.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis

According to Cornell’s All About Birds, the Glossy Ibis at 19-26 inches(48-66 cm) in length is slightly smaller than the Reddish EgretĀ  at 28-31 inches (70-80 cm).

Black Point Wildlife Drive
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
April 12, 2022