Variety

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Feeding Time – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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Speaking of Eating – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

Two wood Storks, a spoonbill and an ibis. The spoonbills were hunted to near extinction in the early 1900’s. Their feathers were prized for women’s hats. By the 1930’s there were 30-40 known breeding pairs in Florida. They have made a great comeback.

Speaking of comebacks the wood stork has “graduated” from endangered to threatened!

Second picture is an anhinga after just spearing his dinner.

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Eagle

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Eagle – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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Eagle Profile – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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Eagle on a Snag – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

“The eyesight for an eagle is what thought is to a man” – Dejan Stojanovic, Serbian Poet

The eagles talons, eyesight, and beak are formidable however the sound it makes is somewhat weak. Listen at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bald_Eagle/sounds

Quote found at https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/eagles

Sun Up

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Predawn – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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Postcard Anyone – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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There it is! – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

I took my wide angle lens out for a walk last Saturday. All my other dawn pics have been with a telephoto – hopefully you can get some idea of the size with these. And I didn’t miss any good bird pics on the way.

However an important tip, if you bring a lens case with a belt attachment — wear a belt!

Thick

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4 spot pennant – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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Halloween Pennant – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

Saturday the dragonflies seemed as numerous as gnats. Never have I experienced that. It will be a good crop this year. Also spent some time with our Friends of the Orlando Wetlands resident dragonfly and butterfly experts – Randy and Mary. Amazing folks.

Wattoola

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Wattoola – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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Young-un – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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Hey – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!” – Albert Einstein

Wattoola is the native American name for the bird – specifically Creek indians – from William Bartram’s Travels.

It is interesting the way Sand Hills and their young hang out together – mom, dad, and babies. As spring progresses I will be interested to see if other birds mimic this behavior. Ducks follow mom, but dad’s not usually around.

Quote found at http://www.quotegarden.com/family.html

Bird Day #9

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Brown Thrasher – Leu Gardens – April 2015

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Mockingbird – Leu Gardens – April 2015

Bird day has moved to Mondays!!

What a wonderful place Central Florida is. The wetlands, the gardens, the beaches….yikes! Wetlands, Cocoa, and Canaveral on the weekend agenda. (Actually writing this post on Saturday morning).

Sunday Flowers

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Is That a Bee? – Leu Gardens – April 2015

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Flower – Leu gardens – April 2015

Leu Gardens is a botanical garden run by the City of Orlando. Donated by Harry Leu in 1961and beautifully maintained.  And not in the style of the northern botanical gardens, with green houses filled with plants, these are all outside!!

There’s also an historic house and museum on premise that was started in the 1800’s and finished in the mid 1900’s.