Wednesday, July 7 2021

Flamingo

In the 1800s, it was commonly accepted that Flamingos were native to Florida that were nearly hunted to extinction for their feathers. Current studies show it's unlikely Florida's flamingos, which are increasing in population, are escapees from elsewhere and that the population is, in fact, in the very beginnings of a recovery.

Sunday, July 4 2021

Roseate Spoonbill

This is one of the six Roseate Spoonbills I came across in a large open marshy area on the outskirts of Naples, Florida.

Wednesday, June 23 2021

Tricolored Heron

The Tricolored Heron, as its name shows, is colorful heron with a mix of blue-gray, lavender, and white with a very pronounced, long beak. Breeding birds have small white plumes extending from the back of the head, a bright blue patch of skin around the bill, and pink legs.

Roseate Spoonbill

"Gorgeous at a distance and bizarre up close is the Roseate Spoonbill." ~ Audubon

Once threatened by plume hunters seeking their feathers, they are now threatened by the availability of adequate food sources and habitat degradation.The Roseate Spoonbill's uses it's large, spoon-shaped bill, to sweep back and forth in shallow water to capture prey.

Reddish Egret

The Reddish Egret is the rarest egret species found in North America. It's easy to identify by its shaggy appearance, hyperactive feeding behavior, and pink-and-black bill.