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.

Orlando Wetlands Park

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Sun on My Back – An American Coot. Orlando Wetlands February 2015

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it” – William Shakespeare

From the first day I found this park last fall, I fell in love with it. A 1500+ acre man made wetland which is used to filter water from a waste water treatment facility before flowing into the St Johns River.  The wildlife and vistas are spectacular. That coot in the picture was one of thousands that were frequenting the park last weekend.

Today I begin my first day as a volunteer for Friends of Orlando Wetlands, hopefully there is work I can do that will be helpful. And for me the reward will be spending more time at the park.

Website – http://www.orlandowetlands.org/index.php?submenuheader=9

Old Florida Feel

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Sunrise at Orlando Wetlands – February 2015

” Life should be lived so vividly and so intensely that thoughts of another life, or of a longer life, are not necessary.” — Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

When I am out and about taking photographs on mornings like last Sunday, I think of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and all she has done to raise awareness of the delicate ecosystem we have on this earth  – Thanks Marjory. More on Marjory Stoneman Douglas at http://everglades.fiu.edu/reclaim/bios/douglas.htm