South Florida experienced our first cold/cool front starting last Wednesday the 15th and the skies have been pretty much been crystal clear since. The cooler air has been somewhat drier so the lower humidity in the air has allowed for near perfect photography conditions.
The cold front came through with some nice thunderstorms in the early afternoon and Linda and I both had the idea that it might drop a few migrants. We had both been there in the morning and there wasn’t much around so when I got to the parking lot and saw birds everywhere I called her and said to hurry over.
Besides the above we also had the first of the season Pine Warblers mixed in with the Palms, Praires, Parulas and Black and White Warblers!
The next day I decided to try Loxahatchee NWR since it was in the mid 60’s when I got up. I rode the bike about 7 miles and the best birds were in the last 10-15 minutes I was there. I had a couple of Raptors circling about and with the clear blue skies I was able to get some OK captures of a Broad-winged and a Short-tailed Hawk.
The Short-tailed also briefly landed. This is only the second time I’ve ever seen one of these beauties in a tree and I only wish the lighting conditions would have allowed for better images.
I spent yesterday shooting around the house. Sundays at Green Cay Wetlands can have so many walkers that it becomes frustrating and I thought why get mad when I have 100’s of acres right behind my house! The golf course that we live on is currently not being maintained so the birds are loving it and I had a wonderful hour and a half completely by myself with no one power-walking by shaking the boardwalk.
We generally have an American Kestrel that spends the Winter on the golf course and Terri and I had seen one about a week ago. Yesterday while riding around I saw one then two and eventually 4-5 of them flying around chasing breakfast. They may be migrants just moving through because they were together and not really chasing each other over territories like they normally would.
Another cool sighting at GC, at least to me was this Anhinga flying with a root in his mouth … not sure if he was going to make a healthy smoothie or he thought it would make good nesting material !!
The best thing that the cool weather brought out was my beautiful wife … she does not do well in the heat and I was so happy to see her back in the field. She takes some amazing pictures and often sees things that the rest of us miss!
Thank you so much for stopping by and God Bless!!!