Thursday, January 8, 2015

Christmas Birds at Lettuce Lake

Back to Florida to see the fam for Christmas and it's always good to get a little birding in.
The weather was unusually drab even for Florida in the dead of winter, but we had one lovely day at Lettuce Lake Park, one of our old haunts outside of Tampa.  The birds (and turtles and gators and tourists) were out in droves even in the middle of the afternoon.  I had some fabulous finds and bagged a few birds that I've had trouble photographing in the past.  Finally got my Roseate Spoonbill in the wild!

Hello, Northern Parula!  I hear them every time I go to Florida,
but have never been quick enough to catch one on film!

 Never been this close before to get this good a picture of a Pied Billed Grebe.

Total surprise to see this Yellow Crowned Night Heron
sitting in a tree right next to the boardwalk. That's a lifer for me!

Oh, Rosie, you're so rosy!

Many Limpkins were out and about.
AND… a BLACK Crowned Night Heron! Another lifer!
 I had misidentified this as a White Crowned Night Heron and almost overlooked him!

Birthday Birds

A birthday trip to Scotland Neck's Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park with best birding pal, G was as much fun as you can have at my age! We grow tired of hunting the birds and only seeing the usual suspects so it's nice to be guaranteed to see birds and lots of them! I took about 400 photos so I'm only choosing our favorites from the day.

The Wood Ducks are my favorites.  This photo almost looks like a painting!

I don't know what this is, but he has such an angry look about him, he became one of my favorites.

This was an Australian Crested Something. Pigeon, Pheasant, Dove?

I have no earthly idea! From Africa, I think.

Birthday girl having fun feeding the parakeets.

I should just call her the Birdwoman!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Speaking of Ducks

A weekend (non-birding) trip to Florida gained two lifers for me.

What a nice shot of Hooded Mergansers. A male, a female, and a juvenile.

I like your hoodie!

Eurasian Ring Collared Dove in McDonald's drive thru.  Gotta love Florida!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Duck Hunting

Recently I was getting my car serviced and I noticed the service manager had several ducks mounted on the wall of his office.  We had a lively discussion and he identified the birds he had hunted.  It got me thinking about doing some "hunting" of my own, only with a Nikon camera instead. Since it's duck hunting season in North Carolina, it's probably not a good idea to be out there unless you're wearing orange.  Instead, I thought I'd hunt through my photos of ducks and get a good list of the ones I've bagged.

This is a good time to give a plug for Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck, North Carolina as many of these ducks were seen there.  It's a neat place and you're guaranteed to see some birds there ; ) ha ha.

Just for the sake of brevity, I'll only list North American species here, and no geese or swans.  Or Muscovy Ducks. They can get their own post at a later date.

American Goldeneye

Blue Winged Teals at the NC Zoo


Cape Teal

Cinnamon Teal
Female Cinnamon Teal

Mr. Mallard

Northern Shelduck

Mottled Ducks, Sarasota, Florida

Lesser Scaup--a whole flock of them in the Atlantic Ocean off of Neptune Beach, Jacksonville, Florida

Red Bellied Whistling Duck, Sarasota, Florida in the canal behind my brother's house

Baer's Pochard

Pied Billed Grebe--is a Grebe considered a duck?

Tufted Duck


American Wood Duck--ain't he a beauty?

Fulvous Whistling Duck

Ringed Teal

Puna Teal
American Coot in Sarasota, Florida

Blue Winged Teal

Ring Necked Duck 
Another Northern Pintail.  I love the way he's standing. Reminds me of the children's book, "Make Way for Ducklings".

Radjah Shelduck
Puna Teal

Ringed Teal, Safari Park, Virginia

Rosy Billed Duck

Ruddy Duck

White Headed Duck

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Murrell's Inlet, SC

Great Egret

Huntington Beach, SC

During my weekend in Myrtle Beach, I stopped at Huntington Beach State Park and Murrel's Inlet for some last week of summer birding.  I consider any birding trip a success if I see one lifer and get a decent picture.  Huntington Beach was pristine, not too crowded and an overall lovely time. I didn't make the mile walk to the jetty because of the lateness of the hour, but I would definitely return there someday in the winter and make a day of it.

Juvenile Semipalmated Plover- a lifer for me.
 I thought it was a Kildeer.  Good thing I take pictures first and ask questions later.
Breeding Ruddy Turnstone

An Osprey flew right overhead.
These two are both Sanderlings.  This one is the adult.
This is the juvey.

A tree full of Great Egrets
Tricolored Heron

Baby alligator in the manmade marsh at Huntington Beach State Park.
The mama was nearby.