Friday, February 24, 2017

Boynton Beach, FL ~ Green Cay Wetlands & Nature Center ~ Atala Butterfly

I first heard about the Atala Butterfly several years ago and saw it in captivity.  But with Coontie being replanted their populations are increasing.  At Green Cay Wetlands & Nature Center the Atala butterflies have returned in good numbers.  I saw at least 12 yesterday but didn't find any caterpillars so decided to go back today and look again today with good success.










Palm County, FL ~ Wakodahatchee Wetlands & Green Cay Wetlands Birding

White-faced Whistling Duck ~ ABA Life Bird #421 

Ovenbird ~ ABA life Bird # 422

Anhinga spears breakfast

Displaying Red-winged Blackbird

Gray-headed Swamphen  (invasive)

Gray-headed Swamphen  (invasive)

Gray-headed Swamphen  (invasive)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Delray Beach, FL ~ Wakodahatchee Wetlands ~ Love is in the Air


Wood Storks

Anhinga's

Cattle Egret in Breeding Plummage

Displaying Great Egret

Double-crested Cormorant & babies

American Alligator & babies

(Close-up)




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Palm County, FL ~ Heron's in Breeding colors

Green Heron





Love seeing the gorgeous colors of the breeding birds. 

Green Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron bringing nesting materials

Tricolored Heron 
Tricolored Heron 






Wellington, FL ~ Peaceful Waters Sancturary

Little Blue Heron starting to get his adult colors

Sunning Turtles

White Ibis have taken over the Osprey platform


Lantana


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Vero Beach, FL ~ West Regional WTF ~ And more Birds

Painted Bunting - Male

Painted Bunting - Female

Mottled Ducks

Green-winged Teal

Limpkins

Least Sandpipers

Vero Beach, FL ~ West Regional WTF ~ Snail Kite's ~ ABA life Bird #420

What a great 1/2 hour I spend watching 3 adult and one juvenile Snail Kites hunting over the waters at this wetlands.  This was my first time there and it really was wonderful.  I would definitely return to bird here in the future.

This Snail Kite is banded.

This is the juvenile.


Grabbing for a snail and success