Children in hellish Florida, USA prison for immigrating


This 17 February 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Children Confined In Inhumane Detention Center

Trump doubled the capacity of this center. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“At a detention center in Homestead, Florida, a group of immigrant teens are packed into cold rooms that can hold 70 to 250 kids, given a substandard education and detained for more than six months, according to interviews done by five legal and child psychology experts.

On Feb. 6 and 7, the team spoke with roughly two dozen children to assess the Homestead shelter’s compliance with the Flores settlement, the 1997 agreement in a landmark lawsuit that outlines child welfare standards in government-run detention centers. They told HuffPost the conditions inside the ‘temporary’ shelter at Homestead are troubling and not suitable for any child, especially over a long period of time. ‘These children are in perhaps the most restrictive and least family-like setting possible,’ said Neha Desai, the director of immigration at the National Center for Youth Law, in an email to HuffPost. ‘I spoke with youth that slept in rooms with 100 other kids at night. Some of them have been there for months on end, with no freedom of movement, no privacy, no human contact.'”

Read more here.

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Colourful birds in Florida, USA


This 9 February 2019 video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

Male Northern Cardinal and Painted Buntings maxing out on primary colors and getting along and the Blue Jays and Squirrels playing mind games with each other – it is a good day in the Backyard!

Limpkins in Florida, USA, video


This 3 February 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

A group of Limpkin birds just being Limpkins. A classic Florida bird they mostly eat snails using their long beaks and specially adapted snail shell cleaning claws. This video shows the challenges of getting (or not getting) quality video shooting right into the morning sun – nearly impossible, but sometimes that’s where the animals are.

I was privileged to see this species in Cuba, in Costa Rica and in Suriname.

River otters in Florida, USA


This 17 December 2018 video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

Wild River Otter Encounter

A pair of River Otters frolicking and rolling on the bank of a marsh. It’s mating season now, so these two may be a couple. Most glimpses of otters are as they cross roadways as in the thumbnail and sadly many get killed by cars so it is a delight to see these amazing creatures living safely in their natural environment. Special bird moment for those who watch until the end!

Raccoon, opossum living in peace in Florida, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

A big Raccoon and a Possum sharing dinner get along just fine, perhaps the bounty of food spread around helps. …

Note that this video was really taken in January 2019 in Florida; the date on the video is wrong. Enjoy!

Another friendly encounter was filmed awhile back:

Boat-tailed grackle in Florida, USA


This 12 January 2019 video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

Boat-tailed grackles are actually quite stunning and intelligent birds when seen out in the wild foraging in the morning sun. Their feathers constantly change colors and shimmer blue, green and purple. If you have only seen them in the cities you are in for a treat.

Savannah sparrow in Florida, USA, video


This 10 January 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Savannah Sparrows are a winter visitor to Florida – a striking sparrow with delicate head details and a sweet little call. Identified by a small yellow patch in front of the eyes and a narrow white stripe on top of the head. This one sat still for several minutes which is rare, allowing for a clear capture of this species in some nice morning sun.

Rather than being named for its penchant for grassy areas, the common name of Savannah Sparrow actually refers to the city of Savannah, Georgia where the bird was first documented.

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) is the most widespread and abundant wintering sparrow in southeast Florida, occupying a wide variety of habitats that include mangrove edges, saltmarsh prairie, and weedy fields. Like many grassland sparrows, this species uses short chip notes when alarmed, warding off intruders, or approaching its nest. A typical chip note is a soft, hissing tss.