Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Green Cay trip with the Caloosa Bird Club - Wakodahatchee - part two

We arrived around 2pm - the place is abuzz with people and the birds are almost within reach....they pay us no mind as some of them prepare their nest - such as this Great Egret.

Beautiful green lores are part of their breeding transformation as are the long plumes.

The Tricolored Heron is totally decked out with brighter blue bill, red eyes, darker blue and rust feathers.

Many Wood Storks were pairing up - some seemingly sitting on eggs.

Others looked like they were snuggling up with each other.

Great Blue Heron standing over its chicks.

Check those long plumes blowing in the wind.

The male Anhinga performed its ritual mating/attracting performance - what a great show that was.
Several Long-necked Stilts were present. Glad to see them....soon they will be in my neck of the woods.

The Green Heron came over to see what we were intensely watching, probably wanting some of that attention.
I love feasting my eyes on water and greenery - wildlife in it makes it even better.

Several Black-bellied Whistling Ducks with a couple Black-necked Stilts.

I love to see the Prairie Warbler, this one is like a sunshine on top.
Great Egret with its long plumes - looks like a wedding gown to me.

Some Great Blue Heron Chicks.

Several Anhinga Females - checking out the males and looking for thE one.

An Anhinga family with hungry chicks.

Can you see all that is taking place here? The Cattle Egrets, the Great Egrets and the Anhingas all sharing the same multi-level stick condo.

Gorgeous Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.

The male Anhinga with it's brightest plumage, emerald around its red eyes and fancy hairdo - he looks like a good catch.

Well, folks, this conclude my yearly Green Cay bus trip - it was as good if not better than last year. I look forward to re-visit this lovely place. My E-Bird List for the Wakodahatchee.

1 comment:

  1. WOW!!! What a difference in the color of theses birds feathers during mating season. They are beautiful. I just loved seeing the The Great Blue Heron chicks.