A female Anhinga became quite agitated at the approach of a group of student birders at Egret Marsh Stormwater Park. Unfortunately, the trail went right under her and she took flight rather than submit to the indignity of a close inspection.
The male Anhinga atop this small tree at Egret Marsh Stormwater Park may be king of all he surveys but the Cormorant at lower left seems content to be playing a lesser role hidden in the branches.
Continuing now with Part 2 of Stick Marsh Action in Two Parts. Great Egret against dark storm clouds. Head on view of a Roseate Spoonbill. Roseate Spoonbill Roseate Spoonbill Great Blue Heron walking dangerously close to an Alligator. Anhinga Snowy Egrets Roseate Spoonbill Roseate Spoonbill Great Egret Adult Roseate Spoonbill with a juvenile begging for food. Cattle Egret Great Egret Alligator Great Egret Great Egret Needless to say, the Alligators are attracted to the rookery islands on the off chance […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, Anhinga, Anhinga anhinga, Aramus guarauna, Ardea alba, Ardea herodias, Blue Cypress Conservation Area, Bubulcus ibis, Cattle Egret, Egretta thula, Fellsmere, Fellsmere Grade Road, Great Blue Heron, Limpkin, Platalea ajaja, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, St. Johns River, Stick Marsh
The Blue Cypress Conservation Area is part of the 52,671-acre Upper St. Johns River Basin Project. Drained for agriculture in the early 1900s, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is trying to reestablish a semblance of extensive wetland habitats that defined the area prior to its disruption. The Conservation Area is home to many species of wildlife, including two islands newly adopted near the Stick Marsh boat launch as rookeries for Roseate Spoonbills and other wading birds. Stick Marsh Action […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, Anhinga, Anhinga anhinga, Aramus guarauna, Ardea alba, Blue Cypress Conservation Area, Egretta thula, Fellsmere, Fellsmere Grade Road, Limpkin, Platalea ajaja, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, St. Johns River, Stick Marsh
More bird photos selected from four days helping the Audubon Advocate students on their first birding experience held at the West Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Red-winged Blackbird [female] (Agelaius phoeniceus) Red-winged Blackbird [male] (Agelaius phoeniceus) River Otter (Lontra canadensis) mom trying to move her pups. She would carry one a distance, leave it, than return for the other, while the pup she had moved previously would follow her back. It must have been very frustrating for her while showing how […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Anhinga, Boat-tailed Grackle, Florida, Glossy Ibis, Indian River County, Limpkin, Red-winged Blackbird, Ring-necked Duck, River Otter, West Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility
The Anhinga is an odd bird mixing several evolutionary traits. The bird spends a lot of time underwater where it catches fish by spearing them with its long, sharp bill. And when it is done with its underwater foraging it will take to the skies where it can soar on wide wings with the best of them. And what of that impressively long neck – buff brown for females, black for males? It is what gives the bird the local […]
More images of some of the Boynton Beach, Florida, Green Cay Nature Center wildlife from a late July visit. Florida Cooter basking on a palm tree trunk jutting out over the water. American Alligator on the prowl. I usually only see Green Herons from a distance given their skittish nature, so I was amazed and thrilled when this one landed momentarily near where I was standing. Tricolored Heron striking at prey in the water. Black-crowned Night-heron in flight. The Sun […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: American Alligator, Anhinga, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Boynton Beach, Cormorant, Dragonfly, Florida, Green Cay, Green Cay Nature Center, Green Heron, Mottled Duck, Tricolored Heron
This one is easy. The scientific name is the same as the common name: scientific, Anhinga anhinga, common name, Anhinga. Birds of Florida by Pranty, Radamaker, and Kennedy relate how the bird’s name means “evil spirit of the woods” in the language of the Tupi people of the Amazon, which does not seem very fair since the Anhingas in Florida don’t seem very evil and spend most of their time around water rather than in the woods. Maybe they have […]