Morning ride along abandoned rocket plant

We went for a morning ride along the Southern Glades Trail on South Florida Water Management land. For 13 miles, this trail follows the C-111 canal through a quiet wildlife area down to Manatee Bay. DCIM103GOPRO

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Hawk pair above Red Bug Slough

These two red-shouldered hawks were soaring and pursuing each other above Red Bug Slough. DSC_0041

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Crested Caracara, the “curious falcon”

“The birds of prey peculiar to the South include kites, buteos, a falcon, and a curious falcon relative of vulturish appetites, the caracara…” — Peter Matthiessen, Wildlife in America. DSC_0194

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Gopher tortoise on the move

Hidden cams can capture wildlife both fast and slow. If left in the right spot, the GoPro, in addition to being a good helmet cam, can also capture animals on the move.

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Wading woodstorks a good sign

Woodstorks are an indicator species, a sign of a wetland environmental health. A group of five of them were in and around some of the shallow waters at Red Bug Slough, where a stretch of the preserve’s wetlands were expanded as part of a recent habitat restoration project. Here was one of them: stork best*

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Downy woodpecker striking gold – photo essay

This downy woodpecker was chipping away, flying from perch to perch, a swift, focused movement of gray, and black with white specks. downy1

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Great egret with little catfish catch

It was a calm morning on the Myakka River, where the Powerline trail ends at Myakka River State Park. I heard a splash along the shore a few yards off, where this great egret had just caught a little catfish breakfast. egret fishing1

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Eastern phoebe blending in

This eastern phoebe blended into the dark swamp forest. A bird? Where? eastern phobee2

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Photo essay: yellow-throated warbler!

With its cheerful song and bright lemon yellow, the aptly-named yellow-throated warbler can be easy to spot. But this lemon-yellow patched, quick, nimble warbler usually happens to disappear just as quickly as it arrived. Well, most of the time… I finally got a few good captures today! ***yellow throated1

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Who’s the fishing king?

This belted kingfisher had a catch. kingfisher with breaakfast

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