A Day at the Wetlands

All things winged, in the field or your own private aviary.

Moderator: Scott Waters

Post Reply
User avatar
Noah M
Posts: 2282
Joined: November 3rd, 2012, 6:00 pm
Location: Gainesville, FL
Contact:

A Day at the Wetlands

Post by Noah M » December 18th, 2015, 7:25 am

Glossy ibis. Several of these were around, often at a distance and/or in the weeds.
Image
Image

Literally hundreds of American Coots were present.
Image

I only saw two of these Wood Storks, but I bet others were around if I had looked for them
Image

Mixed in with the coots, but less abundant were these Common Moorhens
Image

Savannah Sparrow
Image

Tri-colored Heron
Image

Poking around in vegetation was this Sora. I must have taken 100 photos of this thing, but it never once was fully in view.
Image
Image

I think this Little Blue Heron could sense my frustration with the Sora and decided to stand in a very open location.
Image

There were dozens of these Black-bellied Whistling Ducks around. There was a large gathering of them in one small area and they were causing quite a commotion.
Image

There were also a handful of Blue-winged Teals.
Image
Image

I used to see Limpkin quite frequently here in the summer, but today I only saw a few of them.
Image

Cormorants were plentiful
Image
Image

Eastern Phoebe
Image

Coot on the Run
Image

At about the last stop to look around there was this rather large 'rock' moving around, which turned out to be a decent sized Florida Snapping Turtle. His carapace was ~1' and with the tail and head extended (which was the size of my fist) it was probably closer to 2' long.
Image
Image

After he crawled off I took a landscape shot showing how well camouflaged it was. It is the dark 'rock' right in the center of the image.

Image

User avatar
Noah M
Posts: 2282
Joined: November 3rd, 2012, 6:00 pm
Location: Gainesville, FL
Contact:

Re: A Day at the Wetlands

Post by Noah M » December 18th, 2015, 7:29 am

P.S. I have no idea why the images are this big on the post. When I veiw them at full resolution on my computer they're much smaller.

Edit: I tried making them smaller, but Photobucket is not being cooperative.

Tamara D. McConnell
Posts: 2248
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:42 am

Re: A Day at the Wetlands

Post by Tamara D. McConnell » December 20th, 2015, 8:52 am

Your photos are too wonderful for Photobucket. Go to Flickr.
This post is beautiful. Now I know what I'm going to do this afternoon...birding on the causeway.

User avatar
Crimson King
Posts: 337
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 4:31 pm
Location: Florida, USA
Contact:

Re: A Day at the Wetlands

Post by Crimson King » December 30th, 2015, 5:10 pm

Nice! Thanks for the post. Those sora can be a pain.

:Mark

NACairns
Posts: 372
Joined: December 30th, 2013, 7:27 am

Re: A Day at the Wetlands

Post by NACairns » December 30th, 2015, 5:59 pm

Lovely diversity.
Thanks for the shots.
Nick

User avatar
Berkeley Boone
Posts: 878
Joined: June 8th, 2010, 3:02 am

Re: A Day at the Wetlands

Post by Berkeley Boone » January 6th, 2016, 5:25 am

Great photos, man! I really enjoyed that wood stork!
--Berkeley

Post Reply