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Author:  Noah M [ December 18th, 2015, 7:25 am ]
Post subject:  A Day at the Wetlands

Glossy ibis. Several of these were around, often at a distance and/or in the weeds.
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Literally hundreds of American Coots were present.
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I only saw two of these Wood Storks, but I bet others were around if I had looked for them
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Mixed in with the coots, but less abundant were these Common Moorhens
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Savannah Sparrow
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Tri-colored Heron
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Poking around in vegetation was this Sora. I must have taken 100 photos of this thing, but it never once was fully in view.
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I think this Little Blue Heron could sense my frustration with the Sora and decided to stand in a very open location.
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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.
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There were also a handful of Blue-winged Teals.
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I used to see Limpkin quite frequently here in the summer, but today I only saw a few of them.
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Cormorants were plentiful
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Eastern Phoebe
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Coot on the Run
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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.
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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.

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Author:  Noah M [ December 18th, 2015, 7:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: A Day at the Wetlands

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.

Author:  Tamara D. McConnell [ December 20th, 2015, 8:52 am ]
Post subject:  Re: A Day at the Wetlands

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.

Author:  Crimson King [ December 30th, 2015, 5:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A Day at the Wetlands

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

:Mark

Author:  NACairns [ December 30th, 2015, 5:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A Day at the Wetlands

Lovely diversity.
Thanks for the shots.
Nick

Author:  Berkeley Boone [ January 6th, 2016, 5:25 am ]
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Great photos, man! I really enjoyed that wood stork!
--Berkeley

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