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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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