An early morning visit to Merritt Island delivered Roseate Spoonbills Wood Storks, Reddish Egrets, Great Herons, Osprey, Scrub-Jays and lots and lots of different ducks.
I was getting ready to photograph some Mallards, when an adult male Bald Eagle swooped in to do some hunting. Suddenly, a second Bald Eagle appeared. Then the battle started.
There have been flamingos in the Indian River before, but it is pretty rare. I got up very early on a Saturday morning to try to get some pictures of them.
Hooded Mergansers, very colorful members of the duck family, have joined the flock of “snowbirds” coming back to Florida for the winter.
While out in the backyard deep-frying our Thanksgiving turkey (which was incredible, by the way), I looked up and saw a Black and White Warbler.
Robins are not normally found in Central Florida except in the winter, when they arrive here from their northern homes. While visiting the UCF Arboretum at sunset, a flock of several dozen Robins arrived.
Last weekend I had another opportunity to get pictures of an American Kestrel, which this time was a little closer to a trail at the Orlando Wetlands.
A recent trip to Orlando Wetlands showed the variety of birds who are back in the area for the winter.
Included in this group are Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, Common Yellowthroats, House Wrens and Swamp Sparrows. Also, I came across another new-to-me bird, a Swamp Wren.
I took advantage of the time change to visit Orlando Wetlands before work on Monday, enjoying a spectacular cool morning and coming across two new-to-me birds there.