More First Week Pictures

On the 5th of January Carl Edwards, Linda Fell and I drove down to the Deering Estates in Miami hoping to see the Key West Quail Dove that was being reported for a week or so there.  We arrived at 7 and had to wait in the parking lot until 7:30 while everyone else showed up as we had to walk in as a group.  The bird had already been staked out by two other birders and just as we entered the area where it was, we heard the one thing birders never, ever want to hear … “You should have been here 5 minutes ago!” From what we were told a Pileated Woodpecker had come in and scared it off only minutes before we got there.  We watched and looked and waited for 4 hours with no sightings by anyone in our group of 30 or so … a little disappointing but it was still a nice outing with some good friends.

(Clicking on any picture makes it bigger and sharper)

Peregrine Falcon ... I saw more of these guys in January than I've seen in the last 3-4 years combined...   Taken 1-6-15 at Wellington Wetlands

Peregrine Falcon … I saw more of these guys in January than I’ve seen in the last 3-4 years combined… Taken 1-6-15 at Wellington Wetlands

The next day the 6th I spent the morning riding around Wellington Wetlands and Peaceful Waters Preserve in Wellington. Both places were very birdie and as you can see from the pic above beautifully sunny!

Ruddy Duck ... He has been hanging out for a couple of months now.

Ruddy Duck … He has been hanging out for a couple of months now… Taken 1-6-15 at Peaceful Water’s

One nice thing about Peaceful Waters is the holding ponds on the North end of the property.  It is a little tough to get good looks at them due to all the plantings but there are usually some shorebirds depending on the water levels.  I had this really nice Greater Yellowlegs that I snuck up on … also because of the extensive plantings!!

Greater Yellowlegs ... Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs are identical in looks but when you see them next to each other it is amazing how much larger the greater is.  I've seen so many of both I feel comfortabe ID'ing them just with a quick look.

Greater Yellowlegs … Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs are identical in looks but when you see them next to each other it is amazing how much larger the Greater is. I’ve seen so many of both I feel comfortable ID’ing them just with a quick look … Taken at Peaceful Waters 1-6-15

On the 7th I got up early and headed up to Riverbend in Jupiter.  My goal was to photograph Wild Turkey’s and Pileated Woodpeckers along with whatever else was available.  I saw 52 species but was quite shocked and a little disappointed that there were no Turkeys around.  This has been an almost 100% sure spot for that species, often with a dozen or more present but they seemed to have moved on or into a part of the park that is not open to the public.

Pileated Woodpecker ... I see these guys at Loxahatchee NWR but find they are much easier to photograph at Riverbend.

Pileated Woodpecker … I see these guys at Loxahatchee NWR but find they are much easier to photograph at Riverbend … Taken at Riverbend Park 1-7-15

In the afternoon I went to Green Cay for an hour with my beautiful wife Terri and put together a nice little list of 39 species including this Belted Kingfisher and Ovenbird.

Belted Kingfisher ... This is the male of the species.  He has one side of the park and two females control the other half.

Belted Kingfisher … This is the male of the species. He has one side of the park and two females control the other half … Taken at Green Cay 1-7-15

Ovenbird ... This guy has been at or near the feeders at the entrance every Winter for at least the last 3 ... maybe even longer!

Ovenbird … This guy has been at or near the feeders at the entrance every Winter for at least the last 3 … maybe even longer!  Taken at Green Cay 1-7-15

Thanks for stopping by and God Bless.  I still have a weeks worth of photos before my big trip so I’ll post a few more local shots before my big North Florida adventure.

 

 

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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 More First Week Pictures

  1. Thanks for posting this wonderful account!

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