Just Your Average Beautiful South Florida Day

I woke up and watched the sun come up at Loxahatchee NWR and watched the sun go down at Green Cay Wetlands.  I birded for about 4 hours this morning and a couple of hours tonight.  The weather today was fabulous, a little warm for the 3rd day of Spring but by this evening the humidity had disappeared and it was just marvelous walking around GC. Nothing new or spectacular today but I did manage a couple of OK images!

Red-bellied Woodpecker busy making a nest hole!

I watched a Red-bellied Woodpecker working on a new nest hole for 15-20 minutes.  He was really going at it and in real-time you couldn’t see him flicking away the debris but I was blessed to capture some images of this action.  He closed his eyes every time he was removing woodchips.  Pretty cool to see nature in action!

Great-crested Flycatcher

I also had this Great-crested Flycatcher.  There is a Strangler Fig Tree that is just loaded with fruit right now and there must have been 20 Gray Catbirds eating as well as a couple of Mockingbirds.  This guy was attracted to all the bugs who were also swarming around the tree.  Now if we could just get migration started.

Sphinx Caterpillar

Probably the coolest thing I saw today was this Sphinx Caterpillar.  The picture doesn’t really give a reference to his size but he was 3 inches long and as thick as my ring finger.   If the Birds would only pose as nicely as he did!

Tonight at Green Cay Wetlands I bumped into four guys from Ohio State University (My Alma Mater).  They are down on Spring Break and were just amazed at our beautiful birds and other wildlife.  They saw 4 baby Alligators and Roseate Spoonbills, Purple Galinules and on the railing screaming Limpkins.

Pied-billed Grebe ... spin cycle!

I didn’t take many pictures because I was playing tour guide and talking about all the different plants and birds.  I did manage this cute image of a Pied-billed Grebe finishing up his bath.  This really isn’t a tough shot as they are so predictable and I’ve witnessed this many times.  Still a fun shot and the lighting was so sweet!

Thanks for the visit and I really do appreciate all the kind comments!


About sheriffsmith

I have worked for the Broward County Sheriff's Office the last 13 years and spend most of my free time birdwatching / naturewatching and photographing the birds and nature that I encounter. I believe God has blessed us with a world that is so absolutely fascinating and wonderful and I'm doing my best to discover and show others all that he has provided us with in nature.
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7 Responses to Just Your Average Beautiful South Florida Day

  1. Great shot of the Red-bellied! This shot belongs in National Geographic!

  2. Julie Gomez says:

    I agree, the red-bellied woodpecker photo is fabulous! Shots like those aren’t easy.

  3. Lady Deidre says:

    Awesome shots! Impressive!
    God Bless You!

  4. cheryl says:

    fabulous shots. touring again, get those cards made.

  5. dou dou says:

    That bird in the first shot looks like he is having a great time 🙂

  6. Another vote on the awesomeness of photo #1! Great action shot.

  7. Jim Miller says:

    That Red-bellied shot is gorgeous. Great grabs all.

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