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According to the Florida Ornithological Society Records Committee there are more than 500 species of birds in Florida. The variety of large birds is primarily what triggered by interest in photography and accounts for the majority of my photos.
Saturday, August 14 2021
Juvenile Tricolored Herons plumage changes in color rather dramatically from the juvenile stage, when they are mostly brown with blue accents as seen here.
Wednesday, August 4 2021
Here's a Reddish Egret with a tracking device attached to its back taken at Ding Darling Refuge.
Saturday, July 24 2021
Huge color change from the juvenile colors to these breeding colors.
A Tri-colored Heron in its Breeding Plumage is even more colorful.
Even though many of these birds have very thin necks, they don't have much trouble swallowing a fish that would seem to be too large for them.
Tuesday, July 13 2021
Some studies suggest that the Black-crowned Night Heron feeds at night because they are dominated by other herons and egrets by day.
Juvenile Little Blue Herons start off their lives with white plumage, then look piebald with blue and white feathers and finally look bluer as adults.
The Muscovy duck is a large duck native to Mexico and Central and South America. Feral breeding populations have established themselves in Florida and many other parts of North America and southern Canada.
A major change that occurs during breeding is the bright green coloration taken on by bare skin between the base of the bill and the eyes called the lore.
Both Anhingas and Cormorants lack the oil most waterbirds have allowing them to swim deeper and lower in the water. This also explains why they have been referred to as Snakebirds.
Saturday, July 10 2021
This is another of my favorite photos that captures its green lore, breeding plumage, and a fish it just captured.
A Great Egret tidying its nest.
Here's a Turkey Vulture that's making it clear it's in a Wildlife & Environmental Area.
The Wood Stork is a large impressive wading bird with a large strong curved beak and white feathers with black trim on the wings, and an almost featherless head as can be seen in this photo.
Red-winged blackbirds are among the most common and easily identifiable birds commonly seen in South Florida's tall aquatic weeds of a wetland. They're fearless and chase out birds two or three times their size.
Wood Storks have been known to fly as high as 6000 feet and as far as 50 miles in search of food.
They nest above water to prevent predators such as raccoons from feeding on their eggs and young.
While visiting one of my favorite places I heard a cacophony behind a mass of bushes along a canal. It turned out to be more than a dozen Egrets in a breeding spot along with this lone Roseate Spoonbill standing about 15 feet away.
Green Heron with raised crest
Friday, July 9 2021
Great Egret in breeding plumage preening itself.
Wednesday, July 7 2021
Seeing Bald Eagles in natural surroundings is always a delight. This pair regularly visited some trees a couple of doors down from a friend's house in East Naples showing that they aren't isolated to sanctuaries in Southwest Florida.
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