I'm a bit behind in posting and I guess my excuse is that I am now semi-retired and I don't have as much free time as I used to....but better late than never, right?
This outing took place this past Monday - Elaine, Libby and myself met up with the Caloosa Bird Club and set out to explore several different areas as we have in the past....come along and see.....
|In the past, this particular trip usually takes place toward the end of December and since we found ourselves at the beginning of the month - we really had to look hard to find ducks.|
|Nevertheless, a trio of Lesser Scaup was a welcoming sight.|
|As was the three pairs of Hooded Mergansers.|
|Shortly after we found ourselves at the Ponce de Leon park - this Great Egret watched as we entered.....|
|then we had to get passed these Black Vultures...|
|this one gave us the 'go ahead'.|
|Though I wondered if it was having a bad day.|
|Perhaps it didn't appreciate being compared to the Black-crowned Night Heron sitting in the background.|
|Then we made a visit to Olie's Pond where it seems to be customary to see the Black-bellied Whistling ducks.|
|I enjoyed the scenery from this angle with the reddish looking tree and the 'pink snow' flowers on the grass.|
|As we neared the end of the circle around the pond, I took some time to watch this Great Blue Heron amidst the creamy water lilies.|
|We also spotted a few Ring-necked Ducks and commented among ourselves with wonder as to why it is not called a Ring-billed Duck.|
|The find of the day was this Least Bittern which was quite a challenge to locate - see how well it blends in?|