Sunday, August 11 2019

Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Wakodahatchee Wetlands has an elevated boardwalk that goes through a wetlands reclamation area used by Palm Beach County to filter treated wastewater. Over 151 species of birds have been spotted within the park that's also home to turtles, alligators, rabbits, frogs, and raccoons. This manmade wetland naturally purifies highly treated water from the southern region water reclamation facility, recharges the area’s groundwater resources and provides a natural habitat for wildlife.

The boardwalk takes visitors through stages of marsh, from bulrush in the shallows to deeper water with alligator flag. A 1/4 mile trail leads to a 1/2 mile loop through the marsh. It's an opportunity to get close proximity to wading birds. The boardwalk has interpretive signage as well as gazebos with benches along the way. This site is part of the South section of the Great Florida Birding Trail and offers many opportunities to observe birds in their natural habitats.

Spring and Fall are the migration season for Florida wetland birds providing a vast collection of nesting birds. When I was there numerous eggs has hatched and were in various stages of development. I've included a couple photos of Wood Storks and Great Blue Herons caring for their young.

Sunday, August 4 2019

Urban Surprises

As should be obvious by now, I like to head to the Everglades & Big Cypress National Preserve to explore, learn about the area where I live and take photos. It's become an enjoyable pastime and Ive become fairly familiar with the area and stops along the way that I'll detail in future posts. Being the rainy season which, in this part of Florida, means torrential downpours, sunshine, torrential downpours, sunshine, and more torrential downpours then sunshine which is a time when it's easy to get surprised and soaked with little notice. With that in mind I decided to do a bit of urban photos since I had caught a glimpse of a bird I didn't expect to see so close to high-density living.

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Friday, August 2 2019

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

The Yellow-crowned Night Heron is one of two species of night herons found South Florida, the other one being the black-crowned night heron. The face appear striped in a horizontal black-white-black-white pattern. Long, thin, white feathers grow to the back of the crown during mating season. The bill, also black, is thick and deeply set under the eyes which are dark orange or red.

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Green Heron

Green Herons are a solitary and secretive bird that's stocky, dark colored, and small for a heron. The adult Green Heron has a dark rufous neck, gray belly, and dark, iridescent, greenish-blue back. The upper mandible of the bill is dark, and the legs are bright orange. The juvenile has a brown-and-white streaked neck, slight crest on its dark head, and prominently light-tipped wing coverts. Yellow spectacle-shaped markings surround the eye and extend to the bridge of the bill. These markings are present, but less pronounced, in the adult.

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Great Blue Heron

The great blue heron is a large wading bird common near the shores of open water and in wetlands It's the largest North American heron and, among all herons in Florida. It has head-to-tail length of 36–54 inches, a wingspan of 66–79 inches, a height of 45–54 inches, and a weight of 4.0–7.9 pounds.The great blue herons is roughly twice as heavy as great egrets although only slightly taller than them.

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