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Everglades Birds from last weekend

Jan and I went to the Everglades last weekend just for a little bit. There weren't a lot of birds as there can be. It might be a little early, I don't know. Mostly we walked Anhinga Trail with a few bus loads of school children trying to find various birds.

It was cute in that each has a cheap but utilitarian set of binoculars. They had to check the birds they saw by the picture on the paper each carried. Several kept coming up to me to help. I'd say, "That's a Green Heron" or "That's a Grebe" and so on. It was fun. One of the teachers was calling a White Egret a White Heron. The kids couldn't find that one on the paper. :wink

I only carried my D700 and my 80-200 f/2.8 AFD so I didn't have quite the reach I like, but I captured a few.

Here's a female Anhinga sitting pretty. I think the females are pretty birds most of the time.

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Here's a portrait of the same bird looking inquisitive.

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Here's one swimming for lunch. It's not so pretty, but I thought interesting.

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Here's a somewhat black colored Grebe. I'd not seen quite that dark coloring before.

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  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    Craig....
    stunning as usual....
    Pie Billed grebe?

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  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,415 AG
    Speaking for Guidenet......yes, Pie Billed Grebe.
  • GuidenetGuidenet Posts: 239 Officer
    Craig mentioned that the Greenbacks were coming into mating plumage, so I went into the non-keepers from last week and got out one to see. He knows more than I do about birds. Here's that image of a Greenback Heron. Excuse the grass in front of him.

    This other bird is a Gull but I don't know which kind. I'm not good at that at all. I can tell the Ring Billed and the Laughing Gulls. I thought this might be a Herring, but don't know. He just stood there and waited for me to toss another orange peanut butter cracker. I need an ID please on him.

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  • gordoncgordonc Posts: 28 Greenhorn
    Hi Craig- your gull is an immature laughing gull. On that Anhinga trail, is all the shooting from an elevated boardwalk? The water surrounding your grebe is a nice touch- Gordon.
  • GuidenetGuidenet Posts: 239 Officer
    gordonc wrote: »
    Hi Craig- your gull is an immature laughing gull. On that Anhinga trail, is all the shooting from an elevated boardwalk? The water surrounding your grebe is a nice touch- Gordon.

    Thanks Gordon, now that you ID'd it, and look back in Sibleys, I think I see it. I do appreciate it. My Cousin Paul Veron is the gull expert in the family. I'm the guy who can never seem to ID correctly. www.paulveron.com

    Anhinga Trail is entirely a boardwalk elevated above the water by about 2 feet or so at high water. There are places where you can walk off the track, but they don't like it. There's another trail there that is entirely more primitive. I like Anhinga Trail because as I get older, I like the more even ground. I'm not the steadiest in the world. I also carry an aluminum stool so I can get up after lying down for a low shot. Jan gets tired of helping me up. :D More likely to kick me in the knee. Let me know if you'd like to come with us sometime. There will be a g'zillion or so in another month.

    This spring I'm getting additional surgery done and maybe get better use of my right leg. In that case, no trail will be off limits. :) well within some boundries.

    Gordon, thank you for your kind words about the grebe image. I have always had trouble getting good grebes for some reason. I think it's their texture and color. I love them though. Jan just thinks they're cute and she insists they are ducks. LOL
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  • gordoncgordonc Posts: 28 Greenhorn
    Thanks for the info Craig. I'd love to join you on a future trip ( I double up as a porter too!). Would be great to hit it at prime time, I can travel during the week if the weekends are too busy. Grebes can be tough, here's one from the Corkscrew...Merry Christmas- Gordon.
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