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.

Monday, July 22 2019

Glossy Ibis

I wasn't aware the Glossy Ibis existed until I saw one that I thought was an immature White Ibis until I got close enough to realize I was mistaken. The Glossy Ibis is commonly found in shallow freshwater wetlands, as well as brackish and saltwater wetlands, mangroves, and rice fields. Over much of its range, Glossy Ibises can be seasonal or very local, look for a tall bird foraging slowly in open wetlands or flying with neck and feet outstretched.

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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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