Sunday, May 31, 2015

FLORIDIANS....

I am on vacation and might not get to moderating your comments, so please don't think your comments are disappearing. I just haven't had time to publish them and I am also having a hard time getting on line.  I will eventually. It will probably be on my return in three weeks time. 

These are from my archives and are birds we saw when we went to Florida in January 2014.  I remember it being a very rainy day when we visited Corkscrew Swamp.  I am still very much a novice at identifying birds, so if I have made a mistake on any of them, please let me know.

Ibis



Great Egret.....



and now taking off.



American Bittern



I am not quite sure what kind of hawk this is but he had caught a hapless frog who.....




 was soon on its way.....





to become dinner for his family.  There were three other hawks on that branch.  Not sure what kind he is.  I thought perhaps a Red-Shouldered Hawk and I would be very happy to know for sure. 


It was an amazing place.  I thought I would also show you a little of what the area looked like.  Even in the rain it was incredibly beautiful.














I usually try to find out about plants I am not familar with.  Sometimes I am successful, other times I am not.  The plant growing here on the cypress tree may be a Cardinal Airplant, or Bromiliad.  They are members of the pinapple family.  


Instead of being in the ground like most plants, their roots act as anchors to keep them firmly in place, so that it can resist wind, rain or contact with other branches or animals.  Many of them grow in dark locations deep in wetlands.  The added elevation can mean more access to sunlight. 









For my last two photos I am sharing ones you may have seen before on this blog, an owl.  He was way high up in a tree and I would not have spotted him if it had not been for a Park Ranger who had set up a spotting scope for all to take a look.  If you look very carefully you can just spot him in the center of the photo below.


He is a Barred Owl, the only one I have ever seen in the wild, up to now.  I am always looking for another on our trips out. 




I am sharing with the following links.  Thank you Anni, Michelle and Stewart for hosting these very enjoyable memes. You can see other participants by clicking on their blog names below.  

Anni at Bird D'Pot
Michelle at Nature Notes


19 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i'd say red-shouldered, yes. and i think the bittern might actually be a juvenile nigh-heron. love those air plants!

Linda said...

You have outdone yourself with this gorgeous series, Denise! I absolutely enjoyed everything!

Red said...

You had big fun in Florida. You have to work hard to get what you got in your photos.

Elephant's Child said...

Truly beautiful. Enjoy your vacation.

Margaret Adamson said...

A lovely post and even through it was raining it still did look great. Loved seeing all the greenery and the variety of birds. Cannot help on the ID of the Hawk but I am sure some US person can.

maryaustria said...

This place is amazing! Such a wonderful series of photos! I love the shot of the Ibis taking off!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, Corckscrew was one of my favorite spot to visit while in Florida. You did great with the bird id's. I love the owl. Neat capture of the hawk with the frog. Great post, enjoy your trip!

Sandra said...

since we have all the birds in our yard except the bittern, they are not new to me, but that swamp is what i LOVE. all the swamp pics are fantastic.... our hawks look just like this one but i don't know what theyare

William Kendall said...

Beautiful birds, and very moody shots!

Stephanie Volkert said...

Love all the bird shots! That plant growing on the tree is super cool too. I want one!

Rose said...

I am no good at all in identifying hawks...I hope I can remember to come back here to see what others say.

Kathy said...

It seems that you are having an adventure in the Florida marshlands. I think you're absolutely right about the bromiliad. I loved that second photo of it where it is perched on the end of the limb.

Adam said...

great pictures and birds

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos despite the rainy day. I love the owl and the patterns made of the raindrops falling in the water.

Kay said...

These are fabulous photos, Denise. I know you're having a fabulous vacation.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That sure looks familiar -- really close t where we live in Florida Denise. Next time you visit Corkscrew, maybe we'll run into you. Beautiful pix of a beautiful place -- and I hope you are having a wonderful vacation right this minute!

Marie C said...

It looks to be a place of magic and wonder! Just beautiful! Love all the birds you saw, especially the hawk and the barred owl!

Anni said...

Stunning images...both in the park greenery, the rain forest...and the WONDERFUL birds.

Awesome post Denise.

edenhills said...

Lovely images. I hope you are enjoying your vacation.