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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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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