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Bolivia March 24th-April 8th

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl
Day 1 3-24-18 (2 of 4)
Termite Mound
Day 1 3-24-18 (4 of 4)
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Southern Lapwing
Southern Lapwing

Day 2 3-24-18 (1 of 3)

Day 2 3-24-18 (2 of 3)
Stripe-crowned Spinetail
Day 2 3-24-18 (3 of 3)
Spot-breasted Thornbird
Day 3 3-24-18 (1 of 37)
Roadside memorial for victims of a fatal car accident. We saw hundreds of these during our drive across the Andes at their widest point.
Day 3 3-24-18 (2 of 37)
Crossing a river to get to a birding location. A local farmer saved time by just wading across.
Day 3 3-24-18 (3 of 37)
Monarch Caterpillar

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Day 3 3-24-18 (15 of 37)
Laguna Volcan Eco Golf Resort. Saw my first Andean Condor here!
Day 3 3-24-18 (16 of 37)
Southern Lapwing
Day 3 3-24-18 (17 of 37)
Tropical Cormorant with his white breeding tuft

Day 3 3-24-18 (18 of 37)

Day 3 3-24-18 (19 of 37)
Crested Oropendola
Day 3 3-24-18 (20 of 37)
Blue-throated (white-throated) Piping Guan

Day 3 3-24-18 (21 of 37)Day 3 3-24-18 (23 of 37)

Day 3 3-24-18 (24 of 37)
Oropendola Nest
Day 3 3-24-18 (25 of 37)
Green-cheeked Parakeet
Day 3 3-24-18 (27 of 37)
Great Kiskadee
Day 3 3-24-18 (28 of 37)
Guira Cuckoo

Day 3 3-24-18 (29 of 37)

Day 3 3-24-18 (30 of 37)
Wedge-tailed Grassfinch

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Day 4 3-24-18 (1 of 11)
My first attempt at Milky Way photography
Day 4 3-24-18 (2 of 11)
Double-collared Seedeater
Day 4 3-24-18 (3 of 11)
Tropical Kingbirds
Day 4 3-24-18 (5 of 11)
Slaty-colored Flycatcher

Day 4 3-24-18 (6 of 11)

Day 4 3-24-18 (7 of 11)
This cactus was about 15 feet tall. 

Day 4 3-24-18 (8 of 11)

Day 4 3-24-18 (9 of 11)
The endemic  Red-fronted Macaw. We traveled a long way just for this bird which nests in very specific cliffs in a very remote semi-desert area.
Day 4 3-24-18 (11 of 11)
Our bus and driver are in the background. After seeing the macaw’s we were on our way to our next place to spend the night but were informed that our highway had been shut down for at least 4 hours so crews could dynamite.

Day 5 3-24-18 (1 of 17)Day 5 3-24-18 (2 of 17)

Day 5 3-24-18 (4 of 17)
The endemic Bolivian Brushfinch
Day 5 3-24-18 (5 of 17)
Violet-fronted Starfrontlet 

Day 5 3-24-18 (6 of 17)

Day 5 3-24-18 (8 of 17)
Chestnut-crested Cotinga
Day 5 3-24-18 (9 of 17)
Spectacled Redstart
Day 5 3-24-18 (11 of 17)
Presidente Evo Morales 
Day 5 3-24-18 (12 of 17)
Cattle wandered freely all over Bolivia

Day 5 3-24-18 (13 of 17)Day 5 3-24-18 (14 of 17)Day 5 3-24-18 (16 of 17)Day 6 3-24-18 (1 of 5)Day 6 3-24-18 (1 of 5)

Day 6 3-24-18 (2 of 5)
Hooded Siskin
Day 6 3-24-18 (3 of 5)
Aplomado Falcon. This is a bird I missed in Laguna Atascosa  and have desperately wanted to see. I was so happy with getting this amazing look.
Day 6 3-24-18 (4 of 5)
Brazilian Guinea Pig

Day 7 3-24-18 (1 of 29)

Day 7 3-24-18 (2 of 29)
Grayish Baywing
Day 7 3-24-18 (4 of 29)
Sparkling Violetear
Day 7 3-24-18 (5 of 29)
Rusty Flowerpiercer 
Day 7 3-24-18 (6 of 29)
A family on their way up a mountain to farm coca plants. 

Day 7 3-24-18 (7 of 29)

Day 7 3-24-18 (8 of 29)
Cochabamba Mountain-Finch 
Day 7 3-24-18 (12 of 29)
A view of Cochabamba from about 10,000 feet

Day 7 3-24-18 (13 of 29)

Day 7 3-24-18 (14 of 29)
Gray-hooded Parakeet
Day 7 3-24-18 (16 of 29)
People washing clothes in a mountain stream
Day 7 3-24-18 (18 of 29)
Cochabamba
Day 7 3-24-18 (19 of 29)
Cristo de la Concordia. This is a virtually identical statue to Christ the Redeemer in Rio 
Day 7 3-24-18 (20 of 29)
Ruddy (Andean) Duck
Day 7 3-24-18 (21 of 29)
Slate-colored (Andean) Coot

Day 7 3-24-18 (22 of 29)

Day 7 3-24-18 (23 of 29)
Puna Ibis
Day 7 3-24-18 (24 of 29)
Saffron Finch
Day 7 3-24-18 (25 of 29)
Yellow-billed Pintail
Day 7 3-24-18 (26 of 29)
Black-necked Stilt
Day 7 3-24-18 (27 of 29)
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Day 7 3-24-18 (28 of 29)
Rainstorm approaches the lagoon in Cochabamba
Day 7 3-24-18 (29 of 29)
Cochabamba
Day 8 3-24-18 (1 of 14)
The endemic Black-hooded Sunbeam

Day 8 3-24-18 (2 of 14)Day 8 3-24-18 (3 of 14)Day 8 3-24-18 (4 of 14)

Day 8 3-24-18 (5 of 14)
Black-throated Thistletail

Day 8 3-24-18 (6 of 14)Day 8 3-24-18 (7 of 14)Day 8 3-24-18 (8 of 14)

Day 8 3-24-18 (9 of 14)
Grass-green Tanager
Day 8 3-24-18 (10 of 14)
Hooded-Mountain Tanager
Day 8 3-24-18 (11 of 14)
Channel-billed Toucan
Day 8 3-24-18 (12 of 14)
Long-tailed Sylph

Day 8 3-24-18 (13 of 14)Day 8 3-24-18 (14 of 14)Day 9 3-24-18 (1 of 22)

Day 9 3-24-18 (2 of 22)
Nuff Said
Day 9 3-24-18 (3 of 22)
Slender-billed  Miner
Day 9 3-24-18 (4 of 22)
A young Aymara boy stands next to potatoes his family will plant 
Day 9 3-24-18 (5 of 22)
Aymaran man carrying a plow

Day 9 3-24-18 (6 of 22)Day 9 3-24-18 (7 of 22)Day 9 3-24-18 (9 of 22)

Day 9 3-24-18 (10 of 22)
An Aymaran woman and her son. This was at almost 14,000 feet and she moved up and down hills with ease as she herded her Llamas.
Day 9 3-24-18 (12 of 22)
Buff-breasted Earthcreeper
Day 9 3-24-18 (13 of 22)
A young Llama

Day 9 3-24-18 (14 of 22)

Day 9 3-24-18 (15 of 22)
Andean Lapwing

Day 9 3-24-18 (17 of 22)Day 9 3-24-18 (18 of 22)

Day 9 3-24-18 (20 of 22)
Lake Uru Uru

Day 10 3-24-18 (1 of 27)Day 10 3-24-18 (2 of 27)

Day 10 3-24-18 (4 of 27)
Andean Flamingos

Day 10 3-24-18 (5 of 27)

Day 10 3-24-18 (6 of 27)
Puna Teal
Day 10 3-24-18 (7 of 27)
Puna Teal

Day 10 3-24-18 (8 of 27)

Day 10 3-24-18 (9 of 27)
Crested Duck. This guy was as large as a goose.

Day 10 3-24-18 (12 of 27)Day 10 3-24-18 (13 of 27)Day 10 3-24-18 (15 of 27)Day 10 3-24-18 (16 of 27)

Day 10 3-24-18 (17 of 27)
Mountain Parakeet
Day 10 3-24-18 (18 of 27)
Band-tailed Sierra Finch
Day 10 3-24-18 (19 of 27)
Yellow-billed Teal

Day 10 3-24-18 (20 of 27)

Day 10 3-24-18 (21 of 27)
Puna Yellow-Finch
Day 10 3-24-18 (22 of 27)
At a market in Oruro…Ohio State Buckeyes, New York Yankees and Clemson Tigers?!!!
Day 10 3-24-18 (24 of 27)
La Paz, the most beautiful city ever!

Day 10 3-24-18 (25 of 27)Day 10 3-24-18 (26 of 27)Day 10 3-24-18 (27 of 27)

Day 11 3-24-18 (1 of 18)
Andean Geese at 15,700 feet!
Day 11 3-24-18 (2 of 18)
Cyclists getting ready to get on the Death Road

Day 11 3-24-18 (3 of 18)Day 11 3-24-18 (4 of 18)Day 11 3-24-18 (5 of 18)Day 11 3-24-18 (6 of 18)Day 11 3-24-18 (7 of 18)Day 11 3-24-18 (8 of 18)Day 11 3-24-18 (9 of 18)

Day 11 3-24-18 (10 of 18)
Golden-collared Tanager
Day 11 3-24-18 (11 of 18)
Golden-collared Tanager with a cloud moving through. Such is life in cloud forests!
Day 11 3-24-18 (12 of 18)
Amethyst-throated Sunangel
Day 11 3-24-18 (13 of 18)
Cinnamon Flycatcher

Day 11 3-24-18 (14 of 18)

Day 11 3-24-18 (15 of 18)
Blue-winged Mountain Tanager

Day 11 3-24-18 (16 of 18)Day 11 3-24-18 (17 of 18)Day 11 3-24-18 (18 of 18)Day 12 3-24-18 (1 of 7)Day 12 3-24-18 (2 of 7)Day 12 3-24-18 (4 of 7)Day 12 3-24-18 (5 of 7)Day 12 3-24-18 (6 of 7)Day 12 3-24-18 (7 of 7)

Day 13 3-24-18 (1 of 11)
Bolivia Brush-finch
Day 13 3-24-18 (3 of 11)
Crimson-mantled Woodpecker

Day 13 3-24-18 (4 of 11)Day 13 3-24-18 (5 of 11)

Day 13 3-24-18 (6 of 11)
Bronzy Inca

Day 13 3-24-18 (7 of 11)

Day 13 3-24-18 (8 of 11)
Versicolored Barbet

Day 13 3-24-18 (9 of 11)Day 13 3-24-18 (10 of 11)Day 13 3-24-18 (11 of 11)

Day 14 3-24-18 (1 of 32)
Lineated Woodpecker
Day 14 3-24-18 (3 of 32)
Rufous-crested Coquette
Day 14 3-24-18 (4 of 32)
Black Phoebe
Day 14 3-24-18 (5 of 32)
Blue Dacnis

Day 14 3-24-18 (7 of 32)Day 14 3-24-18 (8 of 32)Day 14 3-24-18 (10 of 32)

Day 14 3-24-18 (11 of 32)
Silver-beaked Tanager

Day 14 3-24-18 (13 of 32)Day 14 3-24-18 (14 of 32)Day 14 3-24-18 (15 of 32)Day 14 3-24-18 (18 of 32)

Day 14 3-24-18 (19 of 32)
Andean Geese

Day 14 3-24-18 (21 of 32)

Day 14 3-24-18 (22 of 32)
Rufous Collared Sparrow
Day 14 3-24-18 (23 of 32)
Streak-throated Canastero. A king of skulkers. So lucky to see this out in the open!

Day 14 3-24-18 (24 of 32)Day 14 3-24-18 (25 of 32)Day 14 3-24-18 (26 of 32)Day 14 3-24-18 (27 of 32)Day 14 3-24-18 (28 of 32)Day 14 3-24-18 (29 of 32)Day 14 3-24-18 (30 of 32)Day 14 3-24-18 (31 of 32)Day 14 3-24-18 (32 of 32)

Day 15 3-24-18 (1 of 5)
Sunrise on Lake Titicaca looking at the Cordillera Real

Day 15 3-24-18 (2 of 5)Day 15 3-24-18 (3 of 5)

Day 15 3-24-18 (4 of 5)
The flightless Titicaca Grebe, endemic to only Lake Titicaca
Day 15 3-24-18 (5 of 5)
Lake Titicaca

February 27th Dinner Island Ranch & Lake Okeechobee

Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (69 of 72)
The next 11 pictures are of Black Skimmers I took at Lake Okeechobee which is the 10th largest lake in the United States.

Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (68 of 72)Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (58 of 72)Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (56 of 72)Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (55 of 72)Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (53 of 72)Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (51 of 72)Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (50 of 72)Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (49 of 72)Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (44 of 72)Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (43 of 72)

Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (37 of 72) - Copy
Caracara
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (36 of 72) - Copy
Caracara
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (35 of 72) - Copy
Alligator covered in water plants

Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (34 of 72) - Copy

Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (33 of 72) - Copy
Florida Softshell Turtle laying eggs
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (32 of 72) - Copy
Florida Softshell Turtle laying eggs
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (13 of 72) - Copy
Red-shouldered Hawk
Apple Snails 2-27-18 (1 of 1) - Copy
Apple Snails that ahve been eaten by Limpkins

Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (31 of 72) - Copy

Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (29 of 72) - Copy
Fly on Common Beggar-Ticks
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (28 of 72) - Copy
Common Primrose Willow
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (26 of 72) - Copy
Queen
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (23 of 72) - Copy
American Kestrel
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (21 of 72) - Copy
Giant Swallowtail- A really beautiful find
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (19 of 72) - Copy
Southern Leopard Frog
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (18 of 72) - Copy
Red Mud Dauber
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (17 of 72) - Copy
Mexican Poppy
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (11 of 72) - Copy
Red-shouldered Hawk battling a snake that eventually won the fight
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (10 of 72) - Copy
Singing Eatern Meadowlark. Definitley the earliest I have ever heard them sing.
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (4 of 72) - Copy
Black Vultures on a cow carcass.
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (3 of 72) - Copy
Three American White Pelicans glide overhead.
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (2 of 72) - Copy
Loggerhead Shrike

February 26th – Fakahatchee Strand Cypress Preserve State Park, Big Cypress Boardwalk and Visitor Center, H.P. Williams Boardwalk and Shark Valley Everglades National Park

Florida 2-26-18 (49 of 103)
Green Heron
Florida 2-26-18 (48 of 103)
Green Heron
Florida 2-26-18 (45 of 103)
Little Blue Heron
Florida 2-26-18 (42 of 103)
Blue Dasher
Florida 2-26-18 (41 of 103)
Little Blue Heron
Florida 2-26-18 (39 of 103)
Chain Pickerel
Florida 2-26-18 (37 of 103)
Snowy Egret
Florida 2-26-18 (36 of 103)
Palm lWarbler
Florida 2-26-18 (35 of 103)
American Alligator
Florida 2-26-18 (33 of 103)
American Alligator leaping
Florida 2-26-18 (32 of 103)
American Alligator coming back down in the water
Florida 2-26-18 (31 of 103)
American Alligator (next 4 pictures as well)

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Florida 2-26-18 (25 of 103)
American Alligator and Great Blue Heron share space
Florida 2-26-18 (24 of 103)
Double-crested Cormorant
Florida 2-26-18 (23 of 103)
Green Heron
Florida 2-26-18 (22 of 103)
American Anhinga with a catfish
Florida 2-26-18 (21 of 103)
Green Heron
Florida 2-26-18 (20 of 103)
Common Buckeye
Florida 2-26-18 (19 of 103)
Little Blue Heron
Florida 2-26-18 (17 of 103)
Florida Cooter
Florida 2-26-18 (16 of 103)
American Alligator
Florida 2-26-18 (15 of 103)
Peek-a-boo! Great Blue Heron blends in
Florida 2-26-18 (14 of 103)
Roseate Spoonbill
Florida 2-26-18 (13 of 103)
Roseate Spoonbill
Florida 2-26-18 (12 of 103)
Roseate Spoonbill
Florida 2-26-18 (11 of 103)
White Ibis
Florida 2-26-18 (10 of 103)
Snowy Egrets
Florida 2-26-18 (7 of 103)
Mixed flock of White Ibis and Snowy Egrets
Florida 2-26-18 (5 of 103)
Southern Watersnake
Florida 2-26-18 (4 of 103)
White Ibis next 4 pictures

Florida 2-26-18 (3 of 103)Florida 2-26-18 (2 of 103)Florida 2-26-18 (1 of 103)Baby Gator 2-26-18 (1 of 1)-2

Baby Gator 2-26-18 (1 of 1)
Baby American Alligator
Baby Anhinga's 2-26-18 (1 of 1)
American Anhinga young

Birding Florida February 25th-March 3rd

GREG Wacodhatchee 2-25-18 (1 of 1)

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

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (1 of 11)
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (3 of 11)
Muscovy Duck, an introduced bird that was a lifer nonetheless!
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (4 of 11)
A beautiful Red-shouldered Hawk gave some great looks.

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (6 of 11)

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (8 of 11)
Eastern Amberwing
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (10 of 11)
Looking out over the Everglades near sunset
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (11 of 11)
Sunset
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (2 of 11)
A male Ring-necked Duck that lives n a small pond near Judy’s house

 

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.

Alligator Wacodhatchee 2-25-18 (1 of 1)
A very large American Alligator. I have only seen one other gator even approaching this size and that was in San Padre Island, Texas. This fella was around 12 feet long and had to be 600+ pounds.
Little Blue Wakodahatchee Wetlands 2-25-18 (1 of 1)
A beautiful Tri-colored Heron in full breeding plummage
Osprey Wacodhatchee 2-25-18 (1 of 1)
An Osprey searches for fish in the pond area
Wacodhatchee 2-25-18 (1 of 1)
A family of American Anhingas take umbrage to a Wood Stork trying to land and take sticks from their nest
Cormorant with fish 2-25-18 (1 of 1)
A Double-breasted Cormorant surfaces with an impressive catch
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (4 of 131)
Boat-tailed Grackle
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (5 of 131)
Cattle Egret
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (6 of 131)
Great Blue Heron
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (7 of 131)
Cattle Egret
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (8 of 131)
Great Blue Heron Fledgling begs for food (also in the next 7 pictures)

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Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (16 of 131)
A Double-crested Cormorant sits above its nest
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (17 of 131)
Wood Stork carrying nesting material
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (18 of 131)
Great Blue Heron on the nest
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (19 of 131)
Great Blue Heron
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (20 of 131)
A young alligator hoping a fledgling will fall out if its nest
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (21 of 131)
Nesting Great Egret
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (22 of 131)
American Anhinga (also in next two pictures)

Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (23 of 131)Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (24 of 131)

Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (25 of 131)
Displaying Great Egret
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (26 of 131)
Displaying Great Egret
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (27 of 131)
Great Egret that had been displaying on its next gathering nesting material. You can see the display plumes are still partially erect
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (28 of 131)
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (29 of 131)
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (30 of 131)
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (31 of 131)
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (32 of 131)
Double-crested Cormorant
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (33 of 131)
Wood Stork
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (35 of 131)
Wood Stork
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (36 of 131)
Cattle Egret (next three pictures as well)

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Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (40 of 131)
Do-crested Cormorant family (next 4 pictures as well)

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Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (45 of 131)
Wood Stork
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (46 of 131)
Wood Stork and American Anhingas
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (47 of 131)
Wood Stork and American Anhingas
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (48 of 131)
Wood Stork
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (49 of 131)
Wood Stork
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (50 of 131)
Wood Stork
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (51 of 131)
American Anhinga with personality
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (52 of 131)
Great Blue Heron feeds its young (next 3 pictures as well)

Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (53 of 131)Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (54 of 131)

Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (55 of 131)
American Anhinga dries its wings
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American Alligator
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Tri-colored Heron
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Green Iguana
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Tri-colored Heron
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Wood Stork
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Mottled Duck
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Great Egret
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American Alligator
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Wood Stork (next 4 images as well)

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Bald Eagles of Petenwell Dam-Necedah, Wisconsin

January 8, 2017

I made the trip up to Petenwell Dam near Necedah to photograph the wintering Bald Eagles. Although the dam was not ope, which resulted in a very limited supply of fish, there were around 50 eagles present. They did limited feeding and most of that was not anywhere near the shore. Despite that, I was able to get a few decent pictures.

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The Best of 2016

I was fortunate enough to get to some great places during 2016, including Nicaragua and the Southwestern United States; both first-time trips .

I have finally gone through all of my pictures and picked out some of my favorites. Enjoy!

acorn-woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
american-avocet-kiwanis-park-gilbert-water-ranch-7-13-16-11-1
American Avocet
american-bittern
American Bittern
american-pelican
American White Pelican
american-redstart-pheasant-branch-5-17-16-jeff-galligan-27-6
American Redstart
american-tree-sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
amnnas-hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
arizona-woodpecker-mt-lemmon-madera-canyon-7-14-16-34
Arizona Woodpecker
bald-eagle-petenwell-1-24-16-28
Bald Eagle
bare-throated-tiger-heron
Bare-throated Tiger Heron
barred-antshrike
Barred Antshrike
bells-vireo
Bell’s Vireo
berryline-miller-canyon-7-15-16
Berryline Hummingbird
bewicks-wren-el-aribabi-7-16-16-20-1
Bewick’s Wren
black-and-white-warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
black-phoebe
Black Phoebe
black-vulture
Black Vulture
black-capped-chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
black-capped-gnatcatcher-el-aribabi-7-17-16-40-3
Black-capped Gnatcatcher
black-crowned-night-heron-pheasant-branch-5-17-16-jeff-galligan-30
Black-crowned Night-Heron
black-headed-grosbeak-madera-canyon-7-15-16-4-1
Black-headed Grosbeak
black-headed-saltator
Black-headed Saltator
black-headed-trogan
Black-headed Trogan
black-legged-kittiwake-geeen-bay-12-12-16-19
Black-legged Kittiwake
black-necked-stilt
Black-necked Stilt
black-tailed-gnatcatcher-jpg
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
black-throated-gray-warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
black-throated-sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
blue-grosbeak-el-aribabi-7-16-16-42-3
Blue Grosbeak
blue-jay
Blue Jay
blue-crowned-motmot
Blue-crowned Motmot
blue-gray-gnatcatcher-mt-ord
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
blue-gray-tanager
Blue-gray Tanager
blue-throated-hummingbird-6
Blue-throated Hummingbird
bonapartes-gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
botteris-sparrow-madera-canyon-7-15-16-12
Botteri’s Sparrow
bridled-titmouse-mt-lemmon-madera-canyon-7-14-16-10-1
Bridled Titmouse
broad-billed-hummingbird-el-aribabi-7-17-16
Broad-billed Hummingbird
bronzed-cowbird-mt-lemmon-madera-canyon-7-14-16-35
Bronzed Cowbird
buff-throated-saltator
Buff-throated Saltator
burrowing-ps-edit
Burrowing Owl
bushy-crested-jay
Bushy-crested Jay
california-condor-7-20-16-1
California Condor
canada-goose
Canada Goose
canyon-towhee
Canyon Towhee
canyon-wren-7-29-16
Cactus Wren
canyon-wren-wren-el-aribabi-7-17-16-8-1
Canyon Wren
caspian-tern
Caspian Tern
cassins-sparrow-madera-canyon-7-15-16-9-2
Cassin’s Sparrow
chestnut-sided-warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
cinnamon-bellied-flowerpiercer
Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer
clay-colored-thrush
Clay-colored Thrush
collared-aricari
Collared Aricari
common-bush-tanager
Common Bush Tanager
common-ground-dove
Common Ground Dove
common-loon
Common Loon
common-night-hawk-pheasant-branch-5-24-16-jeff-galligan-5
Common Nighthawk
common-potoo
Common Potoo
common-raven
Common Raven
common-tern
Common Tern
common-tody-flycatcher-granada-day-3-6
Common Tody Flycatcher
common-yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat
curve-billed-thrasher
Curve-billed Thrasher
dickcissel
Dickcissel
downy-woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
dunlin-horicon-5-22-16-jeff-galligan-9-1
Dunlin
dusky-capped-flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
eastern-meadowlark
Eastern Meadowlark
eastern-phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
eastern-screech-owl
Eastern Screech Owl
elegant-trogan
Elegant Trogan
emerald-toucanette
Emerald Toucanette
emerald-chinned-hummingbird
Emerald-chinned Hummingbird
five-striped-sparrow-el-aribabi-7-17-16-12-1
Five-striped Sparrow
gambels-quail
Gambel’s Quail
gilded-flicker
Gilded Flicker
golden-eagle
Golden Eagle
golden-crowned-kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
golden-fronted-woodpecker
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
golden-hooded-tanager
Golden-hooded Tanager
grasshopper-sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
gray-hawk
Gray Hawk
gray-necked-wood-rail
Gray-necked Wood Rail
great-black-backed-gull
Great Black-backed Gull
greater-pewee
Greater Pewee
greater-prairie-chicken
Greater Prairie Chicken
greater-roadrunner
Greater Roadrunner
greater-scaup
Greater Scaup
great-horned-owl
Great-horned Owl
grovve-billed-ani
Groove-billed Ani
hepatic-tanager
Hepatic Tanager
hoffmans-woodpecker
Hoffman’s Woodpecker
hooded-oriole
Hooded Oriole
hooded-warbler
Hooded Warbler
house-wren
House Wren
inca-dove
Inca Dove
indigo-bunting
Indigo Bunting
ivory-gull
Ivory Gull
ladder-backed-woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
least-grebe
Least Grebe