An American Kestrel, North America’s smallest Falcon, along the trail at St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park keeps a sharp-eye out for prey. It did not take long. Within seconds of landing on this perch it dived down into the grass for a moment before coming up with some small creature that it flew away with to eat on a distant pine tree perch.
I came upon at least three Brown-headed Nuthatches along a wooded trail at St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park. They appeared to be taking turns drinking water collected in the leaves of an epiphyte attached to the branch high in the tree. These birds are Florida’s smallest cavity-nesters and, according to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Services, “These birds often nest in small cracks and crevices that do not have noticeable rounded openings like woodpecker holes.” […]
A pair of White-tailed Deer passed my photo blind at St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park. The first one bounded by so energetically it looked like it was flying. According to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, there is a stable population estimated at 700,000 deer in Florida.