Stormwater Treatment Area 1 East lies at the very Northern border of the modern-day Everglades. This area is run by the South Florida Water Management District and has been closed to the public for years. This year the Everglades Chapter of the Audubon has worked out a deal so that on a half-dozen dates or so a group of 40 or so birders can tour the property.
Today I was blessed (thanks Rick Schofield) with the opportunity to tour this wonderful group of wetland impoundments. As the name implies these areas have been created to treat storm runoff water before it enters the Everglades and the various impoudments contain different amounts of water which is fantastic for many different species of birds.
I was fortunate to photograph three new birds for my Palm Beach County Photographic Big Year including one of my favorite species … the American Avocet. These guys are so photogenic. I just wish the lighting would have been better.
We also saw these Fulvous Whistling Ducks and this picture doesn’t even come close to illustrating the awesome sight of a hundred or so of these beauties. This is just a small section of the ducks that were resting in this one spot.
There were quite a few Black-necked Stilts around and it’s nice to hear their little “bark” again. These guys are seasonal so we know Spring is fast approaching when we start seeing the Stilts.
I had a very enjoyable time today at a place I’d never visited before. We saw lots of great birds and I enjoyed the awesome company of some like-minded individuals!
Thanks for visiting and you can check out all the pictures of all the species I’ve taken so far this year right here!