Burrowing Owl ‘Love’

Last week I attempted another drive-by on some of the Burrowing Owl locations on Marco Island in hopes of seeing one again, maybe catch a glimpse of a chick.  One chick has already been seen by another!

At one location, a lone male owl was sitting at a burrow entrance.  Well outside their respected area, I was putting the sun behind me to take a shot, when the female emerged from a separate burrow in their compound.

As soon as she popped out, the male flew over and landed alongside her.  You can see the sand still kicked up in the first photo of him landing on the left.

With a quick “Hey Sweetheart” look, the male attempted to mate with her.  She certainly didn’t look too pleased, did she?

 

(click on the first photo to run through the full series)

 

Burrowing Owl “Love”

 

Maybe it wasn’t so successful this try, but didn’t he give her a little head nuzzling during?  It looked like it to me!  Awwww…….

While the male stood guard, the female immediately went to kicking sand out of their burrow.

 

 

Series: Take A Moment and Enjoy A Sunset

 

The beauty of a sunset is a promise of a new tomorrow.

Let us hope and pray as each of our days progress, our tomorrows get better and brighter.

For sure, one day they will.

 

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Sunset over Barron River, Everglades City

 

“When your world moves too fast and you lose yourself in the chaos, introduce yourself to each color of the sunset.”   – Christy Ann Martine

 

Please take time to venture outside with your loved one(s) during your evenings and catch one of your sunsets.  You will be happy you did, I promise!

 

 

 

Roseate Spoonbills in Flight

 

My last post shared Roseate Spoonbills foraging in the 10,000 Islands NWR.  After working the shallow water area from one end to the other, those Rosies took flight.

 

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Roseate Spoonbills in flight

 

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Roseate Spoonbills in flight

 

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Roseate Spoonbills in flight

 

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Roseate Spoonbills in flight

 

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Roseate Spoonbills in flight

 

What a sight to behold!  One I’ll long remember…..

 

Roseate Spoonbills Foraging

Thank you, Patty, for seeing them and telling Carol; and thank you, Carol, who then told me about the Roseate Spoonbills who were about 20 minutes away.  I was out the door and in my car in 10 minutes!

There’s just something about Roseate Spoonbills that we all go ‘gaga’ over.

 

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“You mean us?”

 

So let’s go gaga over these pink-a-licious beauties!

 

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Bowl of Roseate Spoonbills foraging

 

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Roseate Spoonbill

 

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Roseate Spoonbills

 

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Roseate Spoonbills

 

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Roseate Spoonbills

 

I hope these brightened your day!  😊

 

 

Red-shouldered Hawk

This Red-shouldered Hawk displayed nicely alongside Lower Wagonwheel Road, a dirt road I was following in Big Cypress National Preserve.

 

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Red-shouldered Hawk

 

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Red-shouldered Hawk

 

With no one else around and the looks I was getting, it was apparent I had interrupted his/her hunt.  The hawk took flight to the next tree, putting a little more distance between us.  Social distancing!

 

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Red-shouldered Hawk

 

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Red-shouldered Hawk

 

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Red-shouldered Hawk

 

S/he went on with their hunt as did I for another bird!  🙂

 

 

Blue-headed Vireo

Luckily around me, there are so many remote areas and pull-offs in Everglades NP, 10,000 Islands NWR, and Big Cypress Preserve, that it is still easy to venture out and be the only person or one of a handful of others, so social distancing is not a problem.

I headed to 10,000 Islands NWR yesterday morning for some one-on-one with nature.  As soon as I crossed the ‘bridge’ to the walking path, movement occurred in the tree before me.

Into the tree’s shadows, I spotted this bird sporting bold white “spectacles”!

Welcome #204 to my bird lifer list, the Blue-headed Vireo!

 

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Blue-headed Vireo with his wings tucked tight!

 

I was so thankful he turned around before taking off!

 

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Blue-headed Vireo

 

I really did not do this bird’s beautiful coloring justice with its blueish-gray head, mossy green back, and greenish-yellow to white underparts.

Seeing this bird immediately put a ‘happy dance’ in my step as I ventured on to the path to see what else I could find!  😊

 

 

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

My last post featured a Gray Catbird flanked with pink orchids, and I mentioned another tiny bird I was watching in that same tree for this next post.

Had I known, I’d have visited much sooner this Hong Kong orchid tree in Everglades City that I found to be a magnet for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.  I saw six at one time drinking the nectar from the orchids several days ago.

 

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)

 

Photographing them high up in a tree with their quick movements wasn’t so easy.  With no luck prior, I spent extra time the last two evenings to take on the challenge of getting at least a couple nice photos before the orchids and they disappeared.  All while sitting on my birding mobile!  😉

Bingo!

 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (females)

 

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)

 

I hope these brightened your day as they did mine!

 

 

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