Today started out hot, humid and mostly cloudy. I decided to stick close to home and visited Green Cay Wetlands. It drizzled off and on but I still managed to capture a couple of nice images and a couple new birds for the June challenge.
I spotted this nice family group of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and just had to stop and snap some shots. I think the babies are some of the cutest of all the ducklings. They are often refered to as little bumble-bees due to their unique striping. One thing I’ve noticed is that Black-bellies make excellent parents. They usually are successful in rearing most of their young and that is tough in the marsh full of would be predators.
If you have reading this blog you know that between Green Cay and Wakodahatchee there are at least 20 species that have been or are currently breeding. South Florida is really a great place to observe all this breeding as many of the birds have observable nests.
Another observation I’ve made is that most of the youngsters stretch all the time. They grow up so swiftly (so they don’t become someone elses dinner) that I think they must really go through some serious growing pains. The above Stilt is probably only 2 weeks old and quickly reaching adult size.
One thing that is a little different about the June Challenge versus my Palm Beach County Big Year is that as long as a bird is free-flying you can count it. There are probably a half a dozen bird species that I’ll be able to count for June that won’t count for the year.
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