|Swallow-tailed Kite: a familiar dot in the Florida sky|
|NE entrance Kiosks at Everglades NP|
Not my photo, nicked it on-line
We spent maybe a half hour on the road, dodging trucks hauling trailers that zoomed through at speeds one normally associates with the SS Enterprise. A side note, Larry pointed out fascinating road kill, a cottonmouth snake, the first close up view of one I've ever seen, dead or alive (I have a photo I am not posting, out of respect for both you and the dead).
The day's highlight for me was seeing two species I hunted for and didn't see on my earlier trips to south Florida. We were happily viewing warblers I don't see every day, or even every year, including a Prairie Warbler, a gorgeous Black-throated Blue, Black and White Warbler and American Redstarts.
|'Cuban' subspecies of Yellow Warbler|
|Oh yeah, classic butt shot|
Yes, before I knew it, I was admiring and shooting a zillion camera frames at my second, 'Never thought I'd be lucky enough to see one of these' bird of the day; a Black-whiskered Vireo. The bird that moved quickly through the tree, and I thought at first I would have to make due with lots and lots of birdy-butt shots.
Thankfully, a quick camera review however reveled one, solitary almost-in-focus shot, of the greenish, stripy-faced vireo. Hurrah!
|My lifer Black-whiskered Vireo|
|Pretty... Shiny... really shiny. The male Shiny Cowbird|
|Check the choppers on that Croc!|
|Parent Osprey naps while chicks watch the curious humans below|
In the afternoon we drove about, and I had the chance to try my hand at taking photos of several soaring Swallow-tailed Kites. The resulting photos I got have convinced me I need to go back to basics and put in some work on photographing birds that move quickly and make 'focusing' a pain-in-my-arse. GAK! Really, I need to do some work on my basic photography. I did get a few interesting picture anyway though.
Note the kite below is peering curiously at it's feet - you can see it has picked up a froggie from somewhere in the swamp, that is dangling from its talons.
|Froggy is in trouble...|
|See what I mean? Froggy is getting swallowed for lunch|
|Typical thatching job at a swamp picnic site|
The Purple Gallinules were well used to people being about, so they were quite close to the deck & walkway where people happily watched the puff-balls toddling about and the adult bird preening and tending to the babies.
|Attending Yoga Class with Mom|
|Can scarcely believe I got to see these adorable chicks|
|Air boats taking off on a swamp tours at the Tribal park|
|Yikes! Can only imagine how long it took for such tiny birds|
to drag all those sticks to construct such a massive nest?
|Feral Monk Parakeet entering its nest|
|These cheeky little birds are named 'Monk'|
because of they seem to wear the gray cowls, of religious sorts
|Monks are fairly popular as pets around the world|
|Too bad they so often get lose and go feral|
Today is done. Saw loads of birds, and a lot of other fauna as well. Must have have seen hundreds of the colorful dragonflies today. The one below is called 'Halloween Pendant'. Quite pretty for a 'bug', and yeah, I'm well aware it is by no means a 'bug'. Its so pretty; the chassis on the thing looks as spruced up as the average NASCAR. No wonder many see dragonflies, or darning needles as I grew up calling them, as keeper of dreams, and the totem spirit of transformations.
|Halloween Pendant Dragonfly|