Monday, May 21, 2012

Orlando Wetlands Park, 5/21/2012

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Least Bttern
This morning I went to Orlando Wetlands Park again and had a pretty good morning.  The biggest highlight was seeing 10 Least Bitterns in the park--that's easily a record for me.  I think my previous record was 6. Some of them were obviously paired, which was also fun to see.

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Least  Bittern
Several Barn Swallows were out, and they are extremely difficult to photograph.  But about four of them decided to perch and pose for us.

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Barn Swallow
Several Snowy Egrets were out fishing, and I suppose we could have watched them do so all day.  I love watching them fly low over the water and pick up fish of the surface mid-flight.

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Snowy Egret
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Snowy Egret
A Crested Caracara was perched where I'd never seen one before.  I normally see them on the Birding Loop, but this one was northwest of it.

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Crested Caracara
I think that Little Blue Herons are most interesting when they are in the process of getting their adult plumage.  There are several in the park that look like this.

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Little Blue Heron
I also had fun with takeoffs and landings. I photographed a  Red-shouldered Hawk and a Pileated Woodpecker take off, and I photographed a Wood Stork landing. 

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Red-shouldered Hawk
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Wood Stork
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Pileated Woodpecker

Here's a list of species I found this morning at Orlando Wetlands park.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 25
Wood Duck 2
Mottled Duck 4
Wild Turkey 1
Wood Stork 2
Anhinga 5
Least Bittern 10
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 7
Great Egret 5
Snowy Egret 12
Little Blue Heron 3
Tricolored Heron 9
Cattle Egret 25
Green Heron 10
White Ibis 10
Glossy Ibis 3
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Osprey 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 5
Crested Caracara 1
Purple Gallinule 3
Common Gallinule 15
American Coot 20
Limpkin 2
Sandhill Crane 1
Killdeer 3
Black-necked Stilt 2
Rock Pigeon X
Mourning Dove X
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Fish Crow X
Barn Swallow 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Northern Mockingbird X
European Starling 1
Northern Parula 3
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
Boat-tailed Grackle X

3 comments:

  1. That Wood Stork shot is pretty much perfect. And 10 Least Bitterns?! Insanity.

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  2. Thanks!  It was pretty amazing seeing 10 in one day.  The park is pretty large, and we walked a good 4 miles looking for them, but still, it was a record for me.

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