Crested caracara at Myakka

It was still a half-hour before the park gates at Myakka River State Park opened, my father-in-law and I just finished our coffees, and we were waiting to get inside the park. When we saw a large raptor feeding on a gator that had been hit by a car, we initially thought it was another turkey vulture. But up closer, what we thought was another vulture was boldly-patterned with streaks of white and a contrasting black crown — and not mostly black and dark brown. It was a crested caracara!
crestedcaracara

Read more »

Wood Stork pair

This Wood Stork pair was ambling through the grass. The endangered wading bird starts breeding in late winter–timed to the dry season when their fish prey become concentrated in shrinking water pools.

Read more »

Merlin at Virginia Key Preserve

We hiked right up to this Merlin perched atop a gumbo limbo tree on Virginia Key. We were able to watch the falcon for a few seconds before he flew off and circled high above.

Read more »

The Beautiful Roseate Spoonbill: “One of the most striking birds found in North America.”

Read more »

Gopher Tortoise returning to burrow

This gopher tortoise returns back to his living room underground.

Read more »

Wood Stork is one Indicator of our Environment’s Health

I’m always glad to see one of these endangered wading birds gliding overhead.

Wood Stork at Yamato Scrub Natural Area

Read more »

Everglades Snail Kite, second sighting, LWNR

It was good to see the Everglades Snail Kite was doing well, toting his apple snail, flying over the same spot!

Read more »

Everglades Snail Kite with apple snail in his talons

The Everglades Snail Kite is an endangered species with less than 400 pair of breeding adults.

Read more »

Gopher Tortoise

This Gopher Tortoise was munching on grass at Yamato Scrub.

Read more »

Wood Stork at Loxahatchee Nat’l Refuge

My goal has been to sight and photograph another Wood Stork at LNWR since we saw one of the endangered wading birds a few weeks ago. I saw this one when coming in from kayaking the refuge’s kayak/canoe trail.

Read more »

var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-17580246-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();