Today the weather was about as perfect as God can make it. Wonderful blue skys, no humidity and a very comfortable upper 50’s to start the day. Not only was the weather perfect I got to spend a good part of the day with my sweetie Terri and I also bumped into some good friends this afternoon while at Green Cay Wetlands. Oh, and I also picked up TWO new birds for my year list!!!
After starting the day with a wonderful breakfast at Friendly’s (no I didn’t have ice cream), Terri and I went to Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton. I only bird here occasionally because it’s a small park and not really close to any other birding spots. Today it turned out to be a gold mine.
We had just started on the major part of the boardwalk when we saw a very brief glance at a white chunk of bird disappearing in a large Strangler Fig tree. I flippantly called out to Terri “That was about the right size for a Cuckoo” … well she looked at me like I was Cuckoo. I decided just for laughs to play the Cuckoo’s call and wouldn’t you know it up popped the bird! We’d been there less than 10 minutes and I scored a year bird!
We continued our walk down to where it dead ends. There are a couple of benches so we were just hanging out enjoying the fabulous weather when right smack dab in front of me lands an Eastern Kingbird. All of last year I saw only one of these guys and it was at quite a distance. We get Gray Kingbirds that spend the entire Summer here but not many Eastern’s. Now we’ve been at the park maybe 45 minutes and I get year bird number two!!!
Shortly after the Kingbird flew off I saw some Fish Crows chasing another one that was carrying something. I saw what he had was fairly large and after I had taken his picture and looked at it I saw he was carrying the remains … of a Hot-Dog on a Stick! He managed to avoid losing his treasure to the other Crows and flew by us at least two more times before disappearing. Later while we were sitting on the tower he came by and finally sat down in a tree to eat. This guy was so proud of himself that when he had finished he took off with the now bare stick … I guess to show to all his buddies!
This afternoon I stopped at Green Cay Wetlands and was experimenting with my new camera body. I purchased a Canon 7D last week so that when I go on vacation I’ll have two camera bodies in case of a breakdown. That has always been a fear of mine … get 2,000 miles away from home and your camera dies!
So far I am very happy with the results. The two pictures above were taken this afternoon. The Black and White Warbler was in shade and I used a flash. The Common Galinule chick was in direct sunlight. I think I’m going to be very happy with this one!
One last picture. This is not the sharpest shot I’ve posted but I thought the look on the second Spoonbills face was priceless! Thank you for visiting and if you would like to see pictures of all 177 bird species that I have photographed this year in Palm Beach County Florida you can click here.