Palm warblers in Florida, USA

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3 November 2016

A Western Palm Warbler wintering in the Florida Backyard. There are two species of Palm Warbler and both spend winter in Florida – a “western” subspecies which is the duller, but still beautiful bird seen here and an “eastern” (or “yellow”) subspecies which is a much more striking bird. It can be seen in the video below taken in a nearby mangrove swamp.

The “western” refers to the summer breeding range of this warbler which migrates to the southeast in great numbers, while the “eastern” Palm Warbler with summer breeding grounds in the Northeast migrates more to the west – So many more western birds end up in Florida than eastern birds during the winter – now you know!

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Eastern Palm Warbler

2 April 2016

Palm Warbler on its winter grounds in Florida soon to be heading far north to breed. A bright, distinguished and energetic Warbler it is most noteworthy for its chestnut cap, yellow highlights and constant wagging of its tail. This is a very difficult bird to film while foraging in heavy brush – most of this video is in slow motion!

Limpkins in Florida, USA

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31 october 2016

Limpkins are fascinating birds and a species of special concern in Florida. This pair may be a couple and the male may have already staked out this breeding territory. Their diet consists mainly of Apple Snails, but here they are eating fresh water mussels. These birds eat well!

Hen harrier video

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28 October 2016

Northern Harrier in classic open marshland habitat near the St. Johns River in Florida. This unique hawk has an owl-like looking face. Also called a Marsh Hawk or Hen Hawk [Hen harrier] this is a first time species on film for me – this is a migratory hawk just arriving from the north. This is what extreme zoom lenses are for.

Circus cyaneus is a medium-sized bird of prey that is widely distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. There are two currently recognized forms, the Palearctic form C. c. cyaneus (Hen Harrier), and the Nearctic form C. c. hudsonius (Northern Harrier). The forms have recently been split by the British Ornithologists’ Union but the American Ornithologists’ Union and some other taxonomic committees have not yet made any change. Here we examine the phylogenetic relationship between the two forms using sequence data from multiple nuclear and mitochondrial genes and examine breeding biology, body size, morphology, dispersal and other behaviors.

Sandhill cranes in Florida, USA

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16 October 2016

A pair of Florida Sandhill Cranes dig for grubs and accomplish pest control and aeration of yards at the same time, although they tend to leave a bit of a mess. These amazing birds are year-round residents of Florida and part of the allure of living here. They are generally oblivious to human activity and are not to be messed with.

Wading birds in Florida, USA

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10 November 2016

Over 10 species of Florida wading birds: Glossy Ibis, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbills, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets, small herons, sandpipers etc. all feast on a small landlocked pool brimming with small fish and crustaceans in a marsh. Watching these birds you realize just how huge the Great White Egret is and their great diversity.

American coot couple feeding

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3 October 2016

A pair of American Coots feast on algae. Although they gather in very large numbers in south Florida in winter some stay here year round. Coots are not ducks or related to ducks although they spend more time in water than ducks!

The American coot (Fulica americana), also known as a mud hen, is a bird of the family Rallidae. Though commonly mistaken to be ducks, American coots belong to a distinct order. Unlike the webbed feet of ducks, coots have broad, lobed scales on their lower legs and toes that fold back with each step in order to facilitate walking on dry land. Coots live near water, typically inhabiting wetlands and open water bodies in North America. Groups of coots are called covers or rafts. The oldest known coot lived to be 22 years old.

Green iguana feeds in Florida

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Green Iguana Feeding in Florida

7 November 2016

Large wild male Green Iguana Lizard feeding on plants. They are quite stunning multicolored lizards – this one really has more blue than green on its head. Descendants of escaped or released pets – iguanas are now freely breeding in the wild and gradually spreading northward with warm winters. Small iguanas and their eggs have many predators that eat them limiting their numbers, but once they reach two feet tall and larger they have few natural enemies. They can reach six feet in length, but 3 or 4 feet long like this one is more common. This one was spotted in Palm Beach County. Hard winter freezes will generally limit their northward advances to around Palm Beach County and south of Lake Okeechobee.