Birds of Southern Florida-- Winter 2000.
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I just had a 30X20 inch enlargement of this image made. It came out beautifully. If you are interested in one, contact me.
The Little Blue Heron is much smaller than the Big Blue. At least he is BLUE! This guy was munching at Shark Valley. On this particular day in February, we were privileged to see just about every large bird featured in a field guide.
The Anhinga is a very interesting bird. When he is in the water is swims down to spear his meal and then surfaces with his long neck sticking out of the water. This characteristic lead to the bird being know as "The Snake Bird". This bird is also know as a "turkey bird", probably from his turkey like feet. This specimen was photographed on the Anhinga Trail at the Everglades National Park. Many Anhingas were nesting this year. We saw three nests with babies before we left at the end of February. Many more nests were being watched over by attentive parents. For those of you that are water level people; the water was high.
Snowys are numerous on occasion in the Everglades. This year was one of the good years. This Snowy was by the little bridge on the pathway to the Anhinga trail and was in the area for several days. I could not resist photographing him. His bright yellow feet are so eye catching. He was fishing with the Anhinga above. I observed that the Anhinga was a much better fisherman.
Photo Notes: All pictures were taken with the Canon 100-300 mm zoom lens. I used print film with a speed of 400. This allows hand holding the camera with shutter speeds 1/500 second or faster.
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