Black-crowned Night Heron

Recently in Tampa, Lettuce Lake Park has a great boardwalk for nature photographers and while observing the Black-crowned Night Heron, I learned something.

This is just an observation guess… notice what the bird does while its beak is in the water. My guess is that by gently snapping into the water creates a vibration which will bring fish or other species from underwater to the surface.

Pretty neat!

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Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron | Alice Mary Herden | January 2019

 


Links:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-crowned_Night-Heron/overview

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/black-crowned-night-heron

 

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The Familiar Coastal Bird | Brown Pelican

The pelican is one of the most common identifiable coastal bird.
Every bird has their part in nature, their amazing natural born instincts, their characteristics, to how each one is created so differently and all they do is do their best to survive on this earth.
Coastal birds are extremely susceptible to injury along the coastal beaches, fishing piers, and docks.
Abandoned fishing line has been a threat for this species along with many marine animals, and according to Cornell Lab of Ornithology, an estimate of 700 adult and immature pelicans die each year in Florida alone from entanglement in sport-fishing gear.

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Brown Pelican | Alice Mary Herden | January 2019

 


Links:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brown_Pelican/overview

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/shorebirdsseabirds/brown-pelican/

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/brown-pelican

Photos:

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Osprey

With the cold Florida weather, flowers and bugs are pretty much non-existent, so the next best awesome species to photograph are birds!

So, I took the day to explore with a friend, Vitoca Caraveo, to create some video clips and take some photography at Honeymoon Island.

 

We didn’t see the eagles or the great horned owl.. but that gives us another reason to head back there in a couple of weeks.

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Osprey with mullet | Alice Mary Herden

About the Osprey | Florida Raptor

This particular location, Honeymoon Island, it was great to see at least three pairs and one pair at the beginning stage of building their nest. By observing this and this small of a location, I am assuming they are not overly territorial. It would actually be quite a video to see them build their nest.

Links:

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/raptors-and-vultures/osprey/

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Osprey/id

 


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