A fun one from along the road
My destination today was the Wakodahatchee Wetlands preserve just west of Delray Beach. I have birded this spot once before (maybe 8 years ago), and today it was just as fantastic as I remembered it. The herons, cormorants, anhingas, moorhens, and other marsh birds are completely accustomed to the throngs of people roaming the marsh boardwalk above them. They are easily approached and photographed. This is a great spot to bring beginning birders. I think any person that visits this place will walk away thoroughly impressed with the diversity and the beauty of birdlife one can find in South Florida. I was able to add 2 new birds between extended bouts of photography: Purple gallinule (#216) and Black-bellied whistling-duck (#217). Unfortunately, I (and Sonia behind the scenes) had to spend an inordinate amount of time calling around to find lodging for tonight. This really cut into the amount of birding/photography I could do this afternoon. I had planned to make it to Green Cay Wetlands after Wakodahatchee, but that plan evaporated as I dealt with the lodging issue. Riding around in the dark on a Saturday night looking for a place to stay could be really dangerous. In a car, you just get in and drive, day or night.
I will be heading to Green Cay very early tomorrow morning, so hopefully I can there check-off a few more year birds. I also hope to spend some time looking for Spot-breasted oriole in the neighborhoods around Delray Beach. This introduced bird will be a royal headache as it requires wandering around in residential neighborhoods and staring into people's yards. This means two things. First, not many other interesting birds are likely to surface while I am looking for the oriole. Second, it means I will have to explain myself to folks in the neighborhood as they assume I am casing it for a future heist. I'll have a couple shots at the oriole, but each time it will be the same story.
OK, that's it. Here are a few of the better photos from the day!
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Wakodahatchee wetlands at day's end
Great blue heron
Pied-billed grebe excited about something!
Great egret - tried to set up shot so as to avoid
boardwalk in back but it was impossible
Double-crested cormorant portrait