Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Everglades, FL

The Wood Stork - abundant in Central and S. America, but they're endangered in Florida. Lives in wetlands (marshes, swamps, and mangroves) and hunts for frogs, fish, insects.

Baby White Ibis

Excellent bird habitat...

One of my favorites - the Little Blue Heron

NO exageration - I almost stepped on this guy's tail as I was walking and looking in the trees for birds.. The American Alligator.

The Anhinga is often called Snakebird because it sometimes swims with only its neck and head above water. This bird doesn't have the oil gland that ducks have to coat their feathers and waterproof them so they are often seen with wings outstretched to dry them out.

My first Manatee! Seen near the boat dock at visitor center.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Oak Brook Carp n Birds

Catching carp. They have flies to mimic all sorts of carp food, even mulberries & cottonwood seeds. Carp are very smart - they catch on to the game pretty quickly.
From Oak Brook Carp 'n Birds
An Eastern Kingbird pair was causing a big scene in the air when we approached their shoulder-height nest with an awkward nervous adult-sized baby. When we came back a few days later, baby had passed :(
From Oak Brook Carp 'n Birds
From Oak Brook Carp 'n Birds
From Oak Brook Carp 'n Birds
Also spotted a scrappy looking baby robbin in some dense shrubs demanding food.
From Oak Brook Carp 'n Birds

Fermilab Bird & Carping

I woke up way too early to go out to Fermilab. But he promised there would be birds... we saw a Double-crested cormorant, Great Egret, many noisy Killdeer, a Belted Kingfisher hunting, a Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flickers, some type of hawk, and heard a Great Horned Owl pair calling back and forth.