While the Chiefs and 49ers were getting ready, I was busy photographing four species of raptors at the Wetlands: American Kestrel, Osprey, Bald Eagle and Red-shouldered Hawk.
I decided to make the most of what has been rare January sunshine and hit up both Orlando Wetlands and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Sort of a birding doubleheader. But I hit the Daily Double for these trips.
Between clouds and rain showers, I was able to visit my three go-to spots for birding – Orlando Wetlands, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive – in the first two weeks of January.
I came across two new-to-me birds: A Grey-headed Swamphen and a Ring-necked Duck. Plus, I got to photograph some others I have photographed before.
In addition to seeing some new birds, I also came across some regulars who became part of some of my favorite photos of 2023.
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.
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.