Orlando Wetlands Park, 4/6/2012

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Black-crowned Night Heron
This morning I went to Orlando Wetlands Park, and I had a pretty good morning.  Highlights form my morning began with a Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron perched in a tree, posing quite nicely in pretty good light.  Then I found several Purple Gallinules, one of them was close enough for photographs.  A couple Northern Harrier were patrolling the area, and Red-shouldered Hawks were seen too.  There were lots of Cattle Egrets about.  Unfortunately, I didn't see either an American or Least Bittern, but did hear one King Rail.

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Purple Gallinule
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Cattle Egret
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Red-shouldered Hawk
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Great Blue Heron
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White Ibis checking for Danger
As I was headed back to the car, I saw a storm approaching, and it looked to me like I was going to make it back before it rained, but sadly, I had to run the last quarter mile.  Thankfully I had my backpack with me so I could hide my camera under my pack and keep it dry.  Otherwise, it could have been a pretty bad day.

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Storm Approaching
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Storm Approaching
Here's a list of the birds I saw this morning:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck X
Mallard x Mottled Duck (hybrid) 2
Mottled Duck 1
Blue-winged Teal X
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Wood Stork 8
Double-crested Cormorant X
Anhinga X
Great Blue Heron 20
Great Egret 5
Snowy Egret 2
Little Blue Heron 3
Tricolored Heron 4
Cattle Egret 55
Green Heron 15
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
White Ibis 15
Glossy Ibis 3
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Osprey X
Bald Eagle 2
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
King Rail 1 Heard only
Purple Gallinule 5
Common Gallinule X
American Coot X
Limpkin 1
Sandhill Crane 1
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Rock Pigeon X
Mourning Dove 4
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Loggerhead Shrike 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow X
Fish Crow X
Tree Swallow X
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Wren 1
Marsh Wren 5
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 1
Palm Warbler 3
Savannah Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
Boat-tailed Grackle X


  1. Wonderful images to see... the last two landscape shots are stunning.

  2. I love how the GBH's wingtip is just touching the water as it flies along. Neat shots!

  3. Thanks, Laurence.  That was one of my favorites of the morning too.

  4. Thanks!  I probably should have been walking instead of shooting, but I think it was worth getting a little wet.


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