Amazing…that’s how I would describe the variety of brilliant colors on display by the water birds at Wakodahatchee Wetlands. The blues on this tricolored heron are stunning. As you can see he likes to show off his plumage…not sure if it was for the visitors or for the other birds.
I have been to Florida two years in a row, and will probably be heading back each year as my sister retired there. How convenient to have family live in nice places! Well for both of these visits, the Anhinga has been my favorite bird. I just love the eye color, bright beak and black and white wings. As evening was approaching the birds were settling into trees, and I found this bird perfectly framed through the branches.
During a week-long visit to Florida, I visited Wakodahatchee Wetlands several times. Near the beginning of the boardwalk, visitors were enthralled with a green heron and its nest. Everyone wanted a chance to see the eggs. On my last visit of the week, as I was leaving, the heron stood up long enough for me to capture this photo, then was back to nesting. I wish the new family well.
The Cattle Egret is part of the heron family. Those beautiful tan tufts are visible during breeding season. They are often found with cattle or other large mammals, from which they find and eat insects. Originally from Europe, these egrets became established in North America in Florida in the 1940’s.
Herald Square in NYC has been transformed into a tiny peaceful green space in the heart of the surrounding busy shopping area of 34th Street. Herald Square is dedicated to the New York Herald newspaper, founded by James Gordon Bennett in 1835. An owl was on the original masthead of the newspaper. The Herald building (now demolished) had the statue, now located in Herald Square, of Minerva, her owls, and the bell-ringers on its roof.
I took an educational cruise to the Isle of Shoals, sponsored by the University of New Hampshire. One of the most beautiful spots was the garden of Celia Thaxter on Appledore Island. Celia grew up on the islands, in the 1800’s, and helped her father run a hotel there. She described her garden in books and poetry, and the garden has been revived to a beautiful place based on those descriptions.
A recent ride through Schoharie County reminded of some photos I took last Spring. A hiking spot called Vroman’s Nose is known for peregrine falcons, but I certainly didn’t expect to get such a clear shot of one perched just over the edge of the cliff, as if posing for any photographer that might wander by.