03 January 2015

Anhingas

December 2014.  Anhinga Trail.  Everglades National Park.  Homestead, Florida.

The trail is aptly named so as you can spot a lot of Anhingas in the area.

Since Anhingas don't have oil glands, they have to perch and open their wings to dry them in the sun.


Female Anhinga.  One can tell her apart from the male by the tawny-brown neck (and breast).

We sat on one of the benches in the boardwalk to enjoy the peace and quiet when two males started fighting.


















After a minute of thrashing and pecking, they finally broke up the fight and went their separate ways.


But this individual was apparently still pumped up.


02 January 2015

Eco Pond

December 2014.  Eco Pond.  Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida.

Wood Stork - the only stork species breeding in the United States.

Osprey

Wood Stork and Roseate Spoonbill

Immature Little Blue Heron

Pete was looking forward to spotting a Burmese Python.  This was the closest he got :)

American White Pelicans, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills and Snowy Egret

White Pelicans

It's difficult to identify this bird since I didn't have a chance to photograph its front side but Pete thinks it's a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk.

30 December 2014

Florida Bay Tour - Two Thumbs Up!

08 December 2014.  Flamingo Visitor Center.  Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida.

We had a "private" Bay Tour since nobody else showed up for the 10.30 AM schedule.


Roseate Spoonbill


Black-crowned Night Heron


Reddish Egret creating a "canopy" so it's easier to see its prey

Brown Pelicans

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron


Ospreys a.k.a Fish Hawk







Double- Crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron in white form

Great Egret

American White Pelicans, Brown Pelicans, Egrets and Double-Crested Cormorants
Also, a Bottlenose Dolphin swam playfully alongside our boat.  What a treat!!! This is the best boat tour ever :)