Blue-winged Teal

 

I’ve photographed Blue-winged Teal before, but only at a great distance.

So it was exciting to find them closer to the shoreline at the 10,000 Islands NWR in the Everglades NP.

Warning…..photo overload!

 

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Blue-winged Teal among the mangroves at 10,000 Islands NWR

 

The ops got even better when a few pairs would break away from the group and come in closer.

 

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Blue-winged Teal (male leading female)

 

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Blue-wing Teal

 

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Blue-winged Teal

 

During one of my morning visits, the entire flock took flight, one group after another.

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Blue-winged Teal in flight

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They turned their flight slightly more to the left, and flew on by me.

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Blue -winged Teal

 

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Blue-winged Teal

 

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Blue-winged Teal

 

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Blue-winged Teal

 

I stayed with them as much as I could.  It is always exciting to get a flock in flight!

Sorry, too many favorites, just two more of the male.

 

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Blue-winged Teal (male)

 

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Blue-winged Teal

 

P.S.  I’ll be absent from the internet for a few days, I’ll catch up soon as I can when I return!

Limpkin

I almost missed this tropical bird, a Limpkin, foraging a freshwater swamp.

Although it resembles herons and ibises in general form, the Limpkin is generally considered to be more closely related to rails and cranes.

 

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Limpkin

 

The Limpkin was hunting for apple snails (its favorite), frogs, lizards, and crustaceans.

 

Limpkin foraging

 

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“Fluffin’ the Feathers”

 

Although it resembles herons and ibises in general form, the Limpkin is generally considered to be more closely related to rails and cranes.

 

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Limpkin

 

— Photos taken in Big Cypress National Preserve.

 

 

Bald Eagle

 

Honestly, I was expecting to see a lot of Bald Eagles in Florida, but that hasn’t been the case.  I had only seen one immature Eagle in flight and it was at a distance so my photo wasn’t the greatest.

Finally, last week luck was on my side.  Hiking alone, I heard an Eagle call out.  Scanning the sky and trees, I sighted a nest with the Eagle inside.

It wasn’t an easy photo to get in position with all the trees; this was the best I could do.

 

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Bald Eagle Nest with Eagle inside feeding young

 

The Bald Eagle never stood up tall enough for me to get a good photo of it.  Needing a walking break, I decided to hang around for a bit to see if the Eagle became more visible, while enjoying the solitude and tropical beauty surrounding me.

My break paid off.   Twelve minutes later, the Bald Eagle left the nest and perched on one of the outer branches in the same tree.

 

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Bald Eagle

 

“In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence.”  ~ Robert Lynd

 

 

More Florida Birds – A Gallery

 

Some pretty shots of several more birds I’ve encountered in Florida.

 

 

This brings the total to 36 species of birds to date I’ve shared here with you since my arriving in Florida in January.

And I’m not done yet…..  🙂

 

 

Common Gallinule

 

The Common Gallinule is charcoal black with a white stripe, sports a bright red ‘shield’ on its forehead, and a red bill tipped in yellow.

 

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Common Gallinule

 

This bird is in the rail family and was formerly known as the Common Moorhen.

 

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Common Gallinule

 

I always think of candy corn when I see their beak.  🙂

 

 

Series: Take A Moment and Enjoy A Sunset

When a bright sun is setting and clouds are involved, we are blessed with a chance to watch a masterpiece unfold before our eyes.

This is one sunset, shot several minutes apart, creating one of those masterpieces.

 

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Sunset over Chokoloskee Bay, Everglades

 

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Sunset over Chokoloskee Bay, Everglades

 

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A Brown Pelican flies over Chokoloskee Bay into the sunset

 

“The sun ignites the clouds below it as if they, and the water, itself, were on fire.”

                                                                                                            ― Anthony T. Hincks

 

 

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibises appear to look dark at a distance; but upon closer range and good light, they reveal beautiful colors of deep maroon, emerald, bronze, and violet.

 

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Glossy Ibis

 

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Glossy Ibis

 

While watching that last Glossy Ibis, it took flight.

 

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Glossy Ibis taking flight

 

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Glossy Ibis taking flight

 

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Glossy Ibis taking flight

 

The flight was more of an airborne jump crossover to another area of grasses to continue on with foraging for food, providing even more wonderful photo ops for me.  🙂

(Photos taken at 10,000 Islands NWR within the Everglades NP)

 

 

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