I somehow managed to get out quite a bit this past couple of weeks and even though it seems like I ate 20 pounds of Turkey and other yummy stuff I managed to get a few nice images. I hope everyone had a nice holiday and managed to see a few birds other than Turkeys!
I’ve been concentrating mainly at home and at Green Cay Wetlands and will probably for the rest of this year. We had a wonderful cold front come through on Wednesday and woke up to temps in the upper 40’s which I know are not that cold for our Northern brethren but quite refreshing for us thin blooded Floridians.
It has been quite the week for Raptors. The Winter resident Northern Harrier puts in a show daily along with our year round resident Coopers and Red-shouldered Hawks. We have an on again/off again pair of Falcons, an American Kestrel and a Merlin that are seen fairly regularly. On top of the regulars also seen this week were a nice Broad-winged Hawk and Linda got some nice pictures of a young Bald Eagle flying through right after I left a couple of days ago.
My favorite find of the week was this Marsh Wren. They can be quite elusive and often very difficult to photograph but this guy was kind enough to pop up in front of us and show off his Jean Claude Van Damme like flexibility.
One of the more seldom seen Warblers is the Orange-crowned Warbler. I have only seen them on 2 other occasions at Green Cay so was thrilled to find this one and then have him come this close and pose in front of a fair number of other birders!
Painted bunting are a species that we have all Winter long at Green Cay and are fairly easy to see around the feeders in front of the visitors center. Most of the birds we see are adult birds either brightly colored males or the equally beautiful female “greenies”. This young male was near an empty feeder in the small woods and I loved the lighting on his chest showing off his suptle coloration.
I was happy to pick up a couple more birds for my yard list this week. I’ve seen a few more species that I hope to photograph soon including a nice Forster’s Tern that has been eluding me for some time!
Finally, we occasionally see birds missing their tail feathers. Most of the time it means they were very lucky and just missed being someones breakfast. He certainly didn’t seem to be missing it as he was feeding and calling as if nothing happened!
Once again as always thank you so much for visiting and I hope my pictures can put a smile on your heart and on your face! God Bless …