2023 has been a year for owls. We had Great-horned Owls courting early in the year, their booming calls adding a sense of mystery to an encroaching twilight. The Great-horned Owls appeared to have a single fledgling, whose clumsy attempts at hunting brought it into constant attack from Bluejays, Grackles, and Mockingbirds. We could tell…
Screech owl hideaway
A Screech Owl finds refuge in a hollow tree, napping by day while waiting for dusk to return to this corner of cypress swamp.
Aka Blue Peter, Mud Hen, Pond Chicken, Bonnet-walker…. A Purple Gallinule climbs among stalks of Alligator Flag searching for berries. A year-round resident of swamps in SW Florida.
A Wood stork alights on a pine snag at the edge of a swamp. A big bird with a 60-inch wingspan, it is hard to miss as it glides above the trees.
morning at sawgrass marsh
Florida. A Swallow-tailed kite glides above a sawgrass marsh in dissipating fog. Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed of Southwest Florida.
fishing Tricolored heron
Tricolored heron hunting fish in a shallow swamp.
Preening after a walk in the swamp. Roseate spoonbill in Southwest Florida.
A White ibis watches for its next meal from a perch above Corkscrew Swamp.
Tricolored heron, preening. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.
Kites in the sky
Swallow-tailed kites have left the skies over Florida, sailing for the tropics. I look forward to their return in the spring.