This morning I walked the Osprey Trail at Spring Hammock Preserve in search of the Prothonotary Warblers I'd seen there a couple times in May. With all the rain we've been having, there is a lot of water under the board walk, and it seemed to me a great place to look for breeding Prothonoary Warblers.. There were more mosquitoes along the trail than birds, but I was rewarded at the end of the boardwalk with the sight of a beautiful male Prothonotary Warbler. He perched in the sunlight for me; unfortunately, it was so dark under the canopy of trees that I had my ISO set to 2000, but the photo above doesn't show the noise very much. I walked to the very end of the board walk and heard a couple Purple Gallinules there before deciding to head back. On the way back I found a male and a female, and the female was foraging for food; at one point she took off with a tasty morsel for the nest (that photo had to be shot at ISO 4000). Once getting home and looking at my photos, I noticed some of my photos of the male had what appears to be a tick, while others did not (and they were in two different spots), so I now think that there are two males there. Pretty fun morning, and worth the itching for sure.
With what looks like a Tick
Getting ready to take off with food for the nest
Other highlights were several Red-eyed Vireos, Northern Parula, and Pileated Woodpeckers. Walking back to my car, I found a Florida Box Turtle and an Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly.
|Florida Box Turtle|
|Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly|
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