Variety of Florida Birds In Single Scenes


Here’s more of the big scenes during my recent morning visit to the Marsh Trail at 10,000 Islands NWR.  I had returned after the previous morning’s spectacular find with hundreds of birds at the start of a foggy morning (that post here).

On this second morning, what fog there had already lifted high into the sky.  The sun was burning it off, getting some light onto the scene here and there.  The sight was amazing, there were even more birds!


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At least 12 bird species in the above photos:  American White Pelican, Brown Pelican, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Reddish Egret, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Wood Stork, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, and Double-crested Cormorant.

Three mornings and one evening in a row of lots of birds at this location.  Having not seen a scene like this before, I was indeed on Cloud 9.  I took a total of just under 2,000 photos.  I’m weeding through them to rid as many as I can and also find the very best of my close-ups to share with you.  🙂



51 thoughts on “Variety of Florida Birds In Single Scenes

    • Thank you, Reed! You’d have been in heaven shooting mult-image for a panoroma. I should have tried, but the close-up ops had my full attention, so much action going on. 😉

  1. What an amazing scene! Your photos are outstanding, as is your bird ID skill. Thank you for sharing and listing the large variety of birds. I’m curious – I didn’t see any black markings on the wings of the white pelicans. Is that because their wings were not open?

    • Thank you, Susan! Coming upon these kind of scenes really makes you giddy with excitement. You’re correct, the black on the pelicans wings pretty much disappears when they fold their wings up tight to the body. 🙂

  2. Great reunion of species! Great photos, Donna. You found the birds just as I like them! Great job!! 👍 🙂

    • I just couldn’t believe the sight when I came upon it down the trail, it was truly glorious! I stood many times just watching all the action, there was so much going on. 🙂

    • Thank you, Rudi! Not only are there great spots on the trail to take photos, there’s a two-story observation deck to get the overall view. There are mornings you can go and there only be a handful of birds, you just never know. I love this location! The refuge’s beauty alone is gorgeous.

  3. Seems like 10,000 Islands NWR has at least 10,000 birds! (Are you sure you only took 2,000 photos?) All kidding aside, these pictures are amazing! What a wonderful glimpse of bird paradise. I can see why you were on Cloud 9.

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