Friends, family and food occupied much of our time this long weekend. I did get out, briefly, to our local patch of recovering Everglades and was able to capture a couple of studies in black, gray and white.
I also worked on a Web page that will track the nesting of the local pair of Bald Eagles. There is concern that the birds have chosen a nest site very near a major thoroughfare in an area very close to dense housing developments. A local Middle School science class has taken on a project to study the effects of traffic density on the eagles’ behavior, and I hope that this page may serve as a resource for them.
This Loggerhead Shrike posed perfectly for my long lens:
And I captured this Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at just the right moment as it hover-gleaned atop a small pond cypress tree:
A two-toned Anhinga soared overhead in lazy circles (click image for more views):
Adding a bit of color (three, actually), this Tricolored Heron eyed me warily before taking flight (click on image for more views):
For a touch of gold, we visited our local Bald Eagle nest. Again, I missed catching one on the nest by a minute or so, but the other member of the pair was standing guard in a nearby Australian Pine:
With our non-birding guests, we visited Butterfly World, in Coral Springs. It is quite a remarkable place, featuring not only butterflies from around the world, but also live demonstrations of their life cycles, and aviaries with exotic birds.
Conure “true love”:
An outrageously colorful finch at Butterfly World: