Inching Along … Itching For Migration

I have not been birding as regularly as I would like to be but this past week has been really busy.  I had to go to service training this week and it is very physically draining and I also have been house shopping which just about wiped me out (In a good way)!!  I did get a few pictures last Saturday evening at Green Cay Wetlands with Terri and I did pick up a new year bird this morning at the Boynton Beach Inlet.

Brown Booby … Palm Beach County Photographic Big Year Bird #194

The Inlet was really quiet this morning.  I saw 3-4 Royal Terns and a couple of Pelicans.  As I was heading back to the car I noticed a Pelican with a smaller bird flying South along the break line.  The smaller bird turned out to be a Brown Booby.  I ran down the beach to try to get closer and eventually managed a couple of OK shots.  It is tough shooting in the early morning because everything is backlit but I think he came out all right.

Last Saturday night was just the opposite.  The lighting conditions were wonderful with all three of the following pictures shot with the sun right behind my back.   What more could a man ask for nice birds, good light and spending time with his love!

Brown Thrasher … I love these guys for their unique coloring!

Little Blue Heron … This young guy has probably been the most frequently photographed subject at GC in the last month. It is really cool to watch them transition from white to blue.

Roseate Spoonbill … A species that is impossible NOT to photograph. Specially with perfect lighting and a gorgeous blue sky!

The waiting, for anything, is always the hardest part and waiting for migration to pick up has been testing.  I think I’ll either try to get an Eastern Bluebird tomorrow at Corbett Wildlife Management Area or maybe head back to the Sod fields to see if anything has come in early.  I know it should really start picking up soon and I hope we have a good migration with a couple unusual species showing up.

For those newer to the blog I am trying to photograph as many different species of birds as I can this year in Palm Beach County Florida.  The Brown Booby was the 194th species so far and all of the different birds can be seen here and a list of the species is at the top of the blog.

Thank you all so much for following and visiting!!!


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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One Response to Inching Along … Itching For Migration

  1. Congrats on #194, Tom! All such great detail, love the Roseate Spoonbill image, wouldn’t he just look awesome on my osprey nest platform?!!! 🙂

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