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From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
I’ve been taking pictures of birds as we go, mostly so I have something to use while I page through Peterson’s and check on the Cornell site Merlin to try to identify them. These are some that came out good enough to be worth posting.
Anhinga. Well, of course there should be at least one of these on this trail!
Purple Gallinule. They have widely spaced toes so they can walk on lily pads.
Double Crested Cormorant. There were a few of these birds standing on top of the shelter on the boardwalk, drying their feathers in the sun.
Osprey with fish. One of our guides said they like to eat the heads themselves before taking the rest back to the nest for the family.
Green Heron, Apparently this is how they like to fish, perched on a log with their tails in the air, mooning passersby.
Wood Stork. These birds are fairly uncommon. I thought I saw one in flight over the Big Cypress Loop, and about an hour later saw this one posing next to the entrance road. After that, it seemed like they were everywhere. I even saw a couple in the roadside ditch next to I-75.
Great White Heron. An all-white morph of the Great Blue, only found in south Florida.