A quiet nature walk at sunrise at Orlando Wetlands Park. Barn Swallows posed for me and the Belted Kingfishers are back in Florida!
I made my first visit to the Least Tern colony in early May, and the birds were in full courtship mode. Lots of fish exchanges!
Rich and I escaped for a fall getaway to Fort De Soto, where we photographed migrating shorebirds and pretty Roseate Spoonbills
I saw several birds for the first time this morning at the Click Ponds: two Wilson’s Phalaropes, Black Terns, Stilt Sandpipers, and a Semipalmated Sandpiper. It was a fun morning to be out! I arrived at the Click Ponds (across from Viera Wetlands) just after sunrise. The Click Ponds have all but dried up and now have “gone green.” It’s so strange to see grass growing where the water is supposed to be. The migrating shorebirds don’t mind it this way, though. There were at least fifty Sandhill Cranes roosting at the ponds when I arrived. (According to Michael Libbe, I just missed the four Roseate Spoonbills and the Egyptian Goose. Oh well!) Donna Faylo joined us and we all stood watching the cranes as they danced in the gorgeous morning light. Most the cranes were adults, but there were a couple of juveniles mixed in. In small family groups, the cranes began to take off and fly away for their daily routine. Most of them flew away from us. We talked to the cranes and encouraged them to fly towards us. The light was gorgeous! I used my zoom lens and dialed in an extra stop for compensation. Finally […]