An open house was taking place today in Venice - Clyde Butcher's Studio. We were given a tour of the dark room where the negatives are developed - one of Clyde's assistant explained the whole process to us. Afterwards we enjoyed admiring his work throughout the gallery.
I'm sharing one of his statements because I can identify with it.....
|The Scrub Pines were plentiful and abuzz with life.....the White Ibis welcomed me.|
|Pine Warblers were everywhere too - understandable especially since it is their habitat. In addition, I noticed many Yellow-rumped Warblers flitting about almost as if a whole flock had arrived, they were my first of the season.|
|I admired several Downy Woodpeckers as I was also wondering if this one might have been a young one from the look of his 'downy' belly feathers - I welcome any and all comments.|
|I spoke with a gal and she shared that the loop is 1.5mile long with several meandering side trails.|
|This one had an incline - a rare treat in flat Florida.|
|The view from another 'higher' point.|
|I saw a lonely Pied-billed Grebe here and wondered how many other ducks will come to this spot.|
|It is in places such as these that my soul feels most at home.|
|Another Pine Warbler - it was hard to make a positive I.D. - the light was changing and many twigs kept getting in the way - but I believe I got enough clues leading me to this conclusion.|
|....such as the ring around the eye, a faint bar going across the eye, the yellow throat and chest, the bill color and the two wing bars.|
|As I was leaving a Woodstork landed next to a Great Egret.|
|The head and bill indicates a younger stork, as it ages it will become blackish gray and the brownish feathers on the neck will be replaced with white ones.|
This location is now on my 'go back to' list, there is much to explore and see. If you've been there, please share your experience. My E-Bird List