The June Challenge Begins

I was very fortunate that the first two days of the month just happened to be my weekend so I was able to get out and do some really good birding.  I was up early Friday and was getting set to go when I noticed it was raining.  After checking the Weather Channel I decided that it was safe to venture out and so my June Challenge was started.

Red-bellied Woodpecker … All wet but he was happy the rain had stopped, as was I!

I started at where else … Green Cay Wetlands, like that’s a big surprise since I do feel like that is my home away from home! The first bird I encountered was this soak to the skin Red-bellied Woodpecker.  The rain was just stopping so I hung out by the visitor center for a bit then ventured out to start accumulating birds.

Roseate Spoonbill … The theme of the morning was that everyone was preening after getting wet.

I think I managed to get about a dozen birds photographed before the rain came back.  Terri and I had some errands to run so I called it quits for the morning.  We did our errands and then went to Daggerwing Nature Center where I picked up a few more species and then we stopped back at Green Cay for an hour and a half before heading home.

Least Bittern … We were having a staring contest … he won!!

The weather was much better in the afternoon and Terri and I saw quite a few nice species. I ended up having a pretty good first day considering the weather and the time I managed to actually spend birding. I picked up a new bird for my Palm Beach County Big Year … a Common Night Hawk.  This is the 183rd species I’ve photographed this year in the county.  The picture is not really blog worthy and I know I’ll have close-ups of this species before the year is over.

Day two I started at the Boynton Beach Inlet.  I had many really good birds this morning including a Magnificent Frigatebird and a flock of Short-billed Dowitchers.  If you visit my Flickr site here you can see pictures of all the species I shoot for the June Challenge.  I’ll have a folder specifically for this months pics. (hopefully I’ll get them all processed in the next couple of days)

White Ibis …I did no manipulation to this guys color … he really is that red!!

I then went to Green Cay and walked around with Linda for a bit before being chased out by the rain.  I was happy to pick up a Pied-billed Grebe and this absolutely beautiful breeding plumage White Ibis.

Cattle Egret .. Still in full breeding plumage.

In the afternoon Terri my son Phillip and I went to Wakodahatchee Wetlands.  I still needed some common birds like Cattle Egret and Glossy Ibis and WOW was I glad we went.  There were sooooo many good photo opportunities and I think I took a couple hundred pictures.

Wood Stork … Mom and Dad with four young ones!!

I haven’t been going to Wakodahatchee nearly enough.  There are so many birds either still on the nest, building new nests or caring for their young.  This place is amazing … this is the first year Wood Storks have nested here and they did great.  This photo shows just one of at least a half-dozen families.  What an amazingly successful year all the breeders have had!

Anhinga … Have you heard the one about the …

I could post another dozen shots from the first two days but I’ll leave you with this picture of a new-born Anhinga and his Dad having a laugh!  I’m not really sure what my species count is but hope to have that before tomorrows blog.

Thank you so much for visiting.  God Bless!

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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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2 Responses to The June Challenge Begins

  1. newbiebird says:

    The Least Bittern is so darling! I saw a northern flicker today.

  2. What absolutely stunning shots Tom! And everyone are birds that I don’t ever get to see up here on the Bay. Oh, and a big congrats on number 183! That is amazing!!

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