The graceful birds of prey

It made my morning when I looked up between the pines and saw this swallow-tailed kite soaring! DSC_0025But then when I got to a clearing, and a clearer look above, I saw there wasn’t just one of these graceful birds of prey . . .

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Gear review: Shine some light on the trail

The best part about the Dorcy 3aa Bicycle Light is the mount. The mount is sure-grip tight . . . I’ve ridden a few miles over rocks and roots, and the handlebar mount and light stayed tightly attached. There is also a quick release that makes it easy to remove the light, which also ingeniously doubles as a flashlight, and quickly re-attach it. DSC_0031

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A glimpse of cinnamon

This Carolina wren was hidden from sight as it foraged through the shaded understory of a half-uprooted water oak. I followed the wren’s song though, finally catching a glimpse of the eyebrow stripe and cinnamon tail. wren

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A yellow crown patch

There were quite a few myrtle warblers at Red Bug Slough. This male was flying and foraging through the tree cover. He stopped long enough so I could get this shot, the first one I’ve gotten of this energetic, quick-moving warbler that shows his bright yellow crown patch. myrtle warbler

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A nestling red-shouldered hawk

It’s that time of year again! Here’s a young red-shouldered hawk. DSC_0107

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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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