Friday, July 12 2019

 Wood Stork

Wood Storks are one of my favorite birds and have been since I first heard they live in South Florida. They have an inarguable very primitive look that fits well with the Everglades and alligators that I find appealing. Seeing wood storks in a natural setting is pretty remarkable and something I fear future generations will never see.

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 Roseate Spoonbill

Even the Audubon finds the Roseate Spoonbill to have a bizarre appearance.

Gorgeous at a distance and bizarre up close is the Roseate Spoonbill. Locally common in coastal Florida, Texas, and southwest Louisiana, they are usually in small flocks, often associating with other waders. Spoonbills feed in shallow waters, walking forward slowly while they swing their heads from side to side, sifting the muck with their wide flat bills.

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Sunday, July 14 2019

 Little Blue Heron

I love the colors that go from a deep purple head and neck changing to a deep blue body. The Audubon suggest that despite its different last name, the Little Blue Heron is probably a close relative of the Snowy Egret. It looks much like a Snowy when it is young and white in color. They are said to be generally wary and hard to approach.

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Wednesday, July 17 2019

 Limpkin

Historically, the limpkin was nearly hunted to extinction in Florida due to overhunting. New laws and conservation efforts prevented this from happening and the population recovered. There are still major threats to the limpkin population that include the decline of their primary prey, apple snails. Due to habitat destruction and wetland drainage, heavy accumulations of non-native vegetation (mainly hyacinths and cattails) in foraging areas prevents the limpkin from being able to locate food. Other threats include pollution and an overabundance of nutrition in wetlands.

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Thursday, July 18 2019

 White Ibis

The White Ibis is one of the most numerous wading birds in Florida commonly seen feeding in flocks on lawns of homes in urban areas. They find food by touch while probing, by sight at other times, seizing items from surface. White Ibises may steal food from each other and, in turn, have food stolen from them by larger species.

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 Flamingo

There's really nothing more Floridian than the flamingo as shown everywhere in the state; restaurant names, park names, street names,lawn ornaments, t-shirts, restaurant names, cocktail swizzles and napkins, motel signs, beach bags and the list goes on and on. They must be native birds to have achieved this level of association with the state, right?

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