Saturday, February 18, 2017

Best of 2016

Here is my collection of best shots from 2016.  Additionally, here are the links to Best of 2015, Best of 2014 and Best of 2013.  Enjoy!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

West Pasco CBC - December 28, 2016

Final Christmas Bird Count for me today.  Found 56 species at a few different parks in the area.  I liked getting some up-close photos of the red-breasted nuthatch, and seeing a good variety of birds.

From top-left clockwise: forster's tern, red-breasted merganser, spotted sandpiper, nanday parrot, osprey, collared dove, little blue heron, swamp sparrow, red-breasted merganser, common yellowthroat, mottled ducks, ground dove, swamp sparrow, yellow-rumped warbler, anhinga, yellow-rumped warbler, and kingfisher in the middle.
Red-breasted Mergansers
Little Blue Heron

East Pasco CBC - December 26, 2016

For the East Pasco Christmas Bird Count today, I was able to go to many places around St. Leo with the same skilled group of birders as the Hernando CBC on the 19th.  I saw a total of 64 species, which is pretty good for one day of birding.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Circle B Bar Reserve - December 24, 2016

Lots of variety today with 59 species reported on Ebird.  I think that is the most I have seen at Circle B in one day!  Great Blue Herons are starting to nest, but babies haven't been born yet.  Best bird of the day was a beautiful male painted bunting.

Canaveral National Seashore - December 21, 2016

Was hoping to find gannets here, and sure enough, there were several, including some juveniles.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Flocks at Merritt Island - December 21, 2016

I got so many photos with flocks of birds, I decided to give them their own post.  When all the spoonbills took off from a watering hole, it was my favorite photo of the day.

One Glossy Ibis in a group of Blue-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup in flight
One of many flocks of White Pelicans
Buffleheads - unusual for the park
Greater Yellowlegs
Dunlin and other shorebirds
Pintail with Redhead Ducks
Ring-necked Ducks
Mixture of Pintails, Redheads, and a couple Ring-necks
Coots: by far the largest and most prevalent flocks of the day