It's Monday - which means Caloosa Birding Club day and today's first destination: Ten Thousand Islands - come along and take a peek....
A trail off the busy path of US 41- worth checking into the next time you are in the area.
|We slowly and quietly took on the trail - observing the wild life around us. Several Wood Storks were seen feeding in the twinkling water.|
|Anhingas consuming its favorite food: fish!|
|A bush full of Little Blue Herons - immature (white) and adults (blue). A great walk on the wild side - My E-Bird list for this trail. Then we were off to our next location...|
|We had hoped to see the Barred Owl along the boardwalk but tried as we may we were not able to locate it - however we had some great views of this Yellow-bellied Sapsucker....|
|If you look closely you can actually see where it quietly tapped and formed shallow holes in the tree bark - all lined up in a row, this sapsucker feeds on sap and on insects attracted to the sap.|
|Off in the distance, a large gator was resting. The size of the gators seen in the Everglades are humongous in comparison to the gator that we have on the island where I live.|
|The scenery along the Big Cypress Bend Fakahatchee is just breathtaking - my photos can not do it justice....one person that has worked its magic with conveying the proper feeling of this environment is Clyde Butcher hands down.|
|How about this Black-and-white Warbler! Overheard from the group was: "Oh, that's a good bird!" - I ask you: "Is there a bad bird?". LOL|
|Do you think the Great Blue Heron liked all the attention? It seems to be in deep complicated thoughts.|
|On the way out we all feasted our eyes on a Black-crowned Night Heron which was busy trying to eat a Gar.|
|Haha! Check out my catch!|
|Yumm...this will be delicious.....|
|"Perhaps I bit more than I can chew." And so, we must thank this little fellow for the close-up entertainment. My E-Bird List for this location.|
It was time to move on to the next stop: Kirby Storter Roadside Park - another 20 miles south or so from the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk. As we were traveling on U.S.41 at 60mph, we encountered above us a cloud of.....
Tree Swallows - hard to tell exactly how many there was - estimated to be over 10,000 at the very least. We wished we could have pulled over to observe and feel the phenomena of such spectacle - truly a memorable moment.
|They were seen landing on nearby twigs. (this photo was taken a year prior but it serves its purpose here).|
Shortly after we arrived at our last destination.
|Another boardwalk which takes us deep into the wild - yet so close to U.S. 41 (traffic zooming by could still be heard).|
|Yet, there is a quiet peacefulness within the area.|
|My group seen observing warblers way up in the tree top - a great neck exercise in addition to savoring the eye candy.|
|Gar fish - the favorite food of many birds.|
|A small lizard seen basking in the warmth of the sun.|
|It's time to wrap it up .... now that we've fed our souls it is time to feed our stomach.|
|While we finished up our lunches and tallied up our bird sighting - a few Tree Swallows made a brief appearance to bid us farewell till the next time. My E-Bird list for this location.|