Friday, March 6, 2009: This evening, Lynda White, EagleWatch Coordinator for Audubon of Florida, accompanied by “Paige,” a 14 year old non-releasable Bald Eagle, completed a round of appearances in Broward County with a presentation at Silver Trail Middle School in Pembroke Pines. In her beautifully-illustrated talk before a large audience, Lynda reviewed the natural history of the Bald Eagle, and provided many interesting anecdotes about its life cycle. Following her presentation, members of the audience gathered around to photograph Paige and exchange eagle stories.
Earlier in the day, eagle watcher Jill provided these observations:
This morning (Saturday, March 7) I took a break from eagle-watching and hiked our local birding “patch,” the West Miramar Environmentally Sensitive Land (ESL). I saw but missed photographing two Common Ground-Doves. A single Northern Harrier held out, where only two weeks ago I saw four or five. While birding was slow, there was still quite a bit of color.
More of the Palm Warblers are of the brighter yellow eastern race, probably representing arrival of some migrants:
A Queen butterfly displays two distinctly different views. From above, the lack of black in the veins distinguishes it from the similar Soldier:
A member of the Monarch group, the Queen’s underwing pattern is very beautiful:
Lantanas were in bloom, showing all shades of yellow, orange, red, white and pink:
Invasive pests, the beauty of the Lantana is undeniable. Like a bouquet, several different colors may appear in the same flower cluster:
The Gulf Fritillary also shows differing patterns topside and underneath:
Here is the same Gulf Fritillary’s striking underwing view: