A few neat sighting around Florida
|What a wonderful surprise seeing two Great Horned Owl nests. |
While watching the eagle nest on Cape Coral the lady who lives on the street told us the owl nest was close by. Close by is right. We saw mom and two owlettes (one had branched).
|Mom and two owlettes. The one owlette is beside mom on the branch. Second one in the nest.|
|Second nest was in Fort Desoto Park. We were told about it by our guide Kathryn while out looking for burrowing owls. The owlettes are 30 days old and while there the male came in. What I liked the best was there was a red fence around the nest appr. 50 feet away from owls. I do wish Ontario would do that. |
|Look into my eyes|
| Fish Crow on Santibel Island. Lifer|
Donna and I were sitting on the beach watching pelicans fishing in the water. Suddenly we heard the weirdest sound. Crows were in tree behind us but realized something was different. Got out my sibleys app and sure enough they were Fish Crows. YES.
After that we saw dozens of them on the wildlife drive.
|Very cool sound.|
|How exciting is it to see a new bird - but then to see an adult and a juvenile on the same day.|
Thanks again to Betsy and Holly - Donna and I were treated to an adult Purple Gallinule.
The early morning light at Boca Raton was amazing.
|The last bird of the day was the young purple gallinule at Green Cay wetland. What a day. Hot, amazing, birds and more birds. This was a lifer for Donna and I.|
Thank you ladies again.
|Holly and Betsy gave Donna and I a great opportunity to see nesting birds in Boca Raton. Herons and more herons. As Betsy said my only words were Oh Wow Oh Wow. I have never seen so many beautiful herons up close. Thank you ladies.|
|Branch in beak|
|Back to nest with stick. At this one location we must have seen 10 or more green herons. And very close.|
|On our way off Cape Coral we saw a lady with a camera at a tree. Donna and I stopped to see what she was looking at and behold our target sighting was this beautiful pair of eagles. We did not see the babies but the lady told us there were two of them in the nest. The nest has been there for many years and has signs all around it saying to stay so many feet back.|
|Female with fish in the nest to feed young. Dad preening himself.|
|Male at nesting tree. These shots are for my buddy Lee Ellis a eagle watcher. Enjoy.|
|Mature bald eagle.|
|A stunning Cattle Egret in full breeding plumage in Boca Raton with Holly, Betsy and Donna.|
|You gotta love the hair do on this egret. Nest making|
|Cattle Egret from last years visit to Florida - three weeks earlier|