Eight of us enjoyed a beautiful day on a buggy ride through Orlando Wetlands Park led by Sondra and Mike.  Our guides were really attuned to what we wanted to see and really accommodated us. 

Unfortunately it was late in the season and all the “good birds” had left but it was worth the trip anyway.  Many of the usual suspects from Anhingas to Purple Gallinules.  There was a large nesting rookery of Wood Storks and Cattle Egrets on the property which we could see from an overlook. 2016apr_owp-10We spent about ten minutes watching an Anhinga work to disengage a catfish from its bill.  Unlike Cormorants that snatch fish in their jaws, Anhingas spear the fish.  They have barbs on the outer edges of their bills so the fish remain attached until they resurface.  Unfortunately, that means the Anhinga must spend some time and effort trying to disengage the fish from its bill before they can eat it.  It was really fun to watch the process.  Did I mention it was a buggy ride the entire three hours?

Don

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Species List:

American Bittern
American Coot
Barn Swallow
Black Vulture
Black-necked Stilt
Blue-winged Teal
Boat-tailed Grackle
Carolina Wren
Cattle Egret
Common Gallinule
European Starling
Glossy Ibis
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Little Blue Heron
Northern Cardinal
Osprey
Pied-billed Grebe
Purple Gallinule
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Royal Tern
Sandhill Crane
Savannah Sparrow
Snowy Egret
Tree Swallow
Tricolored Heron
Turkey Vulture

Black Vulture