Birds of the Everglades

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Great Blue Heron

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Roseate Spoonbill

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Black Necked Stilt

The Everglades is truly a mecca for birders.  There are 366 species of birds that have been observed in the park.

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Brown Pelican

Everywhere you go in the Everglades, there are birds.  We encountered them on our canoe and boat trips, hiking, cycling and pond hopping.  I’d purchased a great bird book before leaving Denver and was really enjoying identifying different kinds of birds while Hector chased around after them to take their picture.

Lots and lots of pictures … of lots and lots of birds!

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Coots in flight … Coot’s Bay

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White Ibis … over Snake Bight

Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

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Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

After all of this bird education I decided to join the “Big Day Birding Adventure”, a six hour program, offered only four times a year.  This program has you follow a park ranger to various areas of the park and take various walks in search for birds.  The ranger who leads the group is actually counting numbers of birds for tracking and reporting purposes.

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North American Birders

Anhinga

Anhinga

We showed up Saturday morning and I quickly realized that I was the greenest member of the group (interestingly, Hector was the only one who brought photography gear).  There were intermediate, advanced and very advanced birders in the group.  The leader of the program, Christi, is a longtime ranger and also very experienced birder.

Anhinga nesting

Anhinga nesting

Anhinga with chick

Anhinga with chick

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Lunch!

Black Crowned Night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron

Juvenile

Juvenile

Black Necked Stilt

Black Necked Stilt

Great Egret

Great Egret

American Coot

American Coot

Green Heron

Green Heron

So off we went with the two of us trying to keep up with all the birds that everyone else in the group was spotting.  I have to say that everyone was very generous, helping me to spot birds by moving aside to give me better vantage points and by patiently repeating descriptions of the locations of birds that I had a tough time finding.

Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbills

Rosie

Rosie

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White Ibis

White Ibis

White Ibis

White Ibis

Tri Color Heron

Tri Colored Heron

Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red Bellied Woodpecker

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

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Great Blue Heron

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Blue Heron … Lift off

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White Ibis

White Ibis

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Hector thought six hours might be too long, but Christi mentioned at the outset that we were free to break away from the group whenever we liked so this made us more comfortable about joining the group.

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Coots Chatting

It's left of the crooked branch ... no the other one ...

To the left of the crooked branch … no the other one …

Purple Galinule

Purple Gallinule

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Purple Galinule avoids being lunch ...

Purple Gallinule avoids being lunch …

Tri Color Heron

Tri Colored Heron

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Tri Colored Heron Fishing

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Great Blue Heron

Tri Colored Heron

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Tri Colored Heron

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Look closely ... you can see the water rumbling from the growl!

Look closely … you can see the water rumbling from the deep growl!

gator  006As a bonus, on our walks, we got to see and hear more alligators bellowing – their rumbling  mating call, which is pretty entertaining.

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

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Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

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Wood Stork

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Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

American White Pelicans

American White Pelicans

Swallow Tailed Kite

Swallow Tailed Kite

Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey with fish

Osprey with fish

Osprey

Osprey

Kestrel

American Kestrel

White Pelican

American White Pelican, Florida Bay

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Larry, Curly, and Mo

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Black Necked Stilt

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Black Vulture

Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants

And part of the group spotted two very rare birds, a white-crowned pigeon and a short tailed hawk.  Unfortunately, I saw both of those only as they were flying away.

Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbills

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Great Egret

birders  009 We wound up staying for the whole six hours, and the once skeptical Hector had a fun day taking photos of the amazing birds and alligators.

~ Brenda

For any avid birders who can help, we also saw this hawk like bird in the coastal prairie habitat, but we don’t know what he is.  Thoughts?  Thanks to our friend from Cape May for the answer … it is a juvenile Red Shouldered Hawk!mystery bird  001

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10 thoughts on “Birds of the Everglades

  1. Wow, so much variety and so many different types of birds! Great shots! My favorite though was the colorful flock of Cyclopean North American Birders. It is amazing how they stick together and are so uniform in their resting poses. How did you possibly catch them in their natural undisturbed state?

  2. What a great way to spend a day! Our neighbor’s parents are birders and caravan in their camper from Alaska to Chili each year… Who (other than you, obvi!) knew one could spend one’s life like that??!! As I sit, nearly tied to my laptop and a bunch of files and calendars… Cheers to you! Jean

  3. Hi guys! My husband, his sister and I were on the 6 hour bird count with you! Love your blog. What an incredible journey you are on!
    I think the bird in the picture is a Northern Harrier. Hopefully someone else will reply too for confirmation! 🙂
    Happy Trails!
    Steph

    • Hi, I remember you well, we’d met you previously at Eco Pond. Thanks for your comment, we are thoroughly enjoying our adventure. Northern Harrier certainly looks right to me, but I’ll let you know what/if I hear from others.
      Regards,
      Brenda

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