Birds of the Florida Gulf coast
…and a few bonus non-birds.
Florida is a great year-round birding paradise where you can see birds and other creatures that you won’t see anywhere else. In case you won’t be getting there soon below you are a few of that I had an fantastic opportunity to photograph on a recent trip to the sunshine state.
For those who are birders or simply enjoy wildlife, Florida is the place to be. On a recent trip to Venice, Florida
I enjoyed close-up experiences with dozens of indigenous birds and a few other examples of Florida wildlife. I even had Scrub Jays eating out of my hand, literally.
I also had an opportunity to hand feed several wild aquatic birds (Heron, Ibis, Wood Stork and Egret) that had befriended a local fisherman.
As I do on most trips I make my goal is to see something I’ve never seen before. This trip I was fortunate enough to add the following to my life list: Black-hooded Parakeet, Wood Stork and Painted Bunting.
Why do birds matter?
For me, birds are ever present indicators of a healthy planet. They migrate great distances every year, their variety is astonishing and they thrive in almost every type of environment.
Research led by the American Museum of Natural History suggests that there are about 18,000 bird species in the world—nearly twice as many as previously thought. The work focuses on “hidden” avian diversity—birds that look similar to one another, or were thought to interbreed, but are actually different species. The study has serious implications for conservation practices.
According to Carla Dove, Forensic ornithologist, Smithsonian Institute. “Birds have always been are our biological barometers. From the ‘canary in the coal mine’ to weather predictions, documentation of climate change, monitoring habitat health, urban noise, and the introduction of spring. Birds are man’s next best friend.”
The next time you see a bird or any other or mother natures wonderful critters, take a minute to think what the world would be like without them.
Male Red-winged Blackbird
Female Red-winged Blackbird
Molting Indigo Bunting
Little Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Zebra Longwing Butterfly
Pied Billed Grebe
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Todays experiences might lead us to believe that we are no longer dependent on our interactions with nature.
I believe that couldn’t be farther from the truth. My goal is to help spread a greater appreciation for our connection to the world around us. What do you think?
Lakeview Images was created in 2012 by David C. Whited, landscape architect, photographer, artist. Akron, Ohio.