January and February are definitely my favorite weather months in Florida. It was clear and cool when I arrived at Wakodahatchee Wetlands, with the sun just getting ready to break the horizon.
The number one reason to visit Wakodahatchee this time of the year is the breeding birds. There are at least 7-8 Great Blue Herons nesting and dozens of Double-crested Cormorants just finishing up. The Anhingas, Cattle Egret, Glossy Ibis and Great Egret will also begin nesting soon if they haven’t already.
Black-crowned Night Herons are one of my favorite subjects to shoot. They really hardly ever move and their beautiful red eye always stands out. This juvenile was sitting right at the beginning of the boardwalk.
My hoped for birds today were a reported Virginia Rail or maybe a Marsh Wren. They were both here last year but today I dipped on them both. While looking I saw a beautiful Northern Harrier cruising the marsh and also a pair of very young Raccoons rooting around for something to eat. Hard to resist taking his picture!
Having been skunked on my two target species I resorted to getting a photograph of 1 of my 2 last gimme birds. Monk (Quaker) Parakeets nest in front of the wetlands near the power station. They have quite the condominium going on with multiple entrances. This pair was doing a little repair work.
The Monk Parakeet was the 123rd species I’ve photographed in January. You can see them all here on my Flickr site.
tomorrow I’ll be on my bicycle for most of the day due to service being performed on my car. The dealer is close to the beach so hopefully I can pick up a new bird there and not have to rely on my last gimme (House Sparrow). Thanks for the visit and kind comments!