I was able to spend 7 full and simply amazing days birding and traipsing about south-central Florida at the invite of my good friend Judy Rapp who joined me on this adventure. and what a fantastic adventure it was! My primary impetus in choosing late February/earl March to go to Florida was to photograph the displaying egrets and herons who are engaged in mating rituals and nesting at this time. The picture above is exactly what I was hoping to see. Another benefit beyond the breathtaking scenes I was able to bear witness to through my lens was I go t to escape the Wisconsin winter weather!
I was able to come up with 4 life birds during this trip: Nanday Parakeet, Egyptian Goose, Muscovy Duck, Fork-tailed Flycatcher and Purple Swamphen (Gray-headed Swamphen). In addition, I reacquainted myself with old friends such as the Snail Kite, Purple Gallinule, Little Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Tri-colored heron, Painted Bunting and more.
Because I have 8 days worth of pictures, I will just create posts covering every day or two and locations of where I took photo’s.
February 24 Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR
February 25 Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Green Cay Preserve
I have been on many fantastic boardwalks in various parts of the country but there is nothing that compares to being on the three-quarter mile boardwalk at Wakodahatchee during the nesting season for many wetland birds such as the Wood Stork, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Tri-colored Heron, Little Blue Heron, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron and American Anhinga. It was an amazing spectacle to behold. The clumps of shrubs found throughout the pond areas become the nesting grounds for all of these birds. I was provided an up close and personal look at the whole nesting process , from stick gathering and mating displays to rearing and fledging young…and all at extremely close range.