Stormy Night = Beautiful Morning

Yesterday afternoon I was watching the weather and we had some nice thunderstorms building up and moving off to the East.  I love to bird right after the rain stops as the birds are usually feeding and easier to see.  I ended up not seeing much and getting drenched anyway.

What a glorious morning! We only get an average of 25,000 mornings each and I want to experience as many of these as possible!

It rained off and on last night so my hopes were up that I might find something new at Green Cay Wetlands today.  I did find a new bird for my Green Cay list but no new year birds and unfortunately no migrants.

Stilt Sandpiper ... a new bird for my Green Cay Wetlands list!!

Lesser Yellowlegs and Stilt Sandpiper ... I love when I can get shots of two species together for comparisons sake!

Shorebirds were still present this morning.  There were 8 Least Sandpipers and a couple of both Lesser Yellowlegs and Solitary Sandpipers.  There are lots of Killdeer and Black-necked Stilts around and just as I was getting ready to leave a Stilt Sandpiper flew in.  This makes me very hopeful that we might get something else good in the next week or two.

Yellow-rumped Warbler ... someone stole my tail!!!

There were quite a few highlights to my morning.  I was in the Chickee Hut woods when I found this Yellow-rump Warbler.  He obviously has lost his tail feathers and I remembered reading about a phenomenon called “Shock Molting” where a bird will shed his tail feathers if he is being chased.  We have lots of Coopers Hawks around who would love a Warbler for breakfast so I was thinking that God must have blessed this little one and allowed him to escape!

Least Bitterns ... I'm hungry!!

After leaving the woods I saw a large group of photographers all group together which can mean only a couple of things … babies or and alligator eating something and I’m not a big fan of the latter even if it is a part of nature.  It turned out they were watching a Least Bittern bring in food for some babies and I managed one very distant shot.

Least Bittern

I don’t have many inflight shots of Least Bitterns (they are really speedsters in the air) and this isn’t award-winning or anything but I liked it.

The last cool thing today wasn’t even a bird sighting.  While viewing the Bitterns a lovely lady (Sue) came up to me and asked me if I had a blog.  I said I did and she said she has been following me … so I guess that’s like what it feels like to be a star … LOL.  No seriously, it was nice to know that my blog is being read and hopefully is helpful to some, specially those in South Florida.   

Thank you sooooo much for the visits!!

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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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9 Responses to Stormy Night = Beautiful Morning

  1. That first image is just gorgeous….. and the little birdies are so cute 😉

  2. westerner54 says:

    Every shot is just incredible, and I really appreciate your narrative…poor tail-less warbler!

  3. Killer sunset Tom and great reflection photos.
    Gerry

  4. jmgoyder says:

    Fantastic photos!

  5. mike585 says:

    Lovely, Tom. 🙂

  6. Clare Malbone says:

    awesome Least Bittern shots, and gorgeous sunrise.

  7. newbiebird says:

    Thank you for the tip: To go birding right after it rains. As a newbie, I need all the help I can get!
    Beautiful shots.

  8. Sue says:

    Thanks for the “shout out”…it was nice meeting you too. Keep up the good work…love the photos!
    Sue

  9. Great photos as usual. What a glorious sunrise and capture indeed! Breathtaking.

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