FLORIDA ALBUM

 

Below are a few pictures taken on our December 2013 trip by one of the tour members, Paul King.

 

Many of the water birds are very approachable like this Tricoloured Heron.

Snowy Plovers are wonderfully delicate looking birds.

The Sandhill Crane is a common suburban bird in central Florida.

Roseate Spoonbill- one of those birds that is both ugly and beautiful!

Piping Plover is a scarce and declining bird but we managed some very close views.

Manatees were easy to see but the hot weather meant that there were fewer than expected at the warm springs.

Limpkins seem to have increased in numbers in recent years.

Glossy Ibis, White Ibis and Roseate Spoonbill on Merritt Island

These spectacular Hooded Mergansers were just part of a much bigger flock.

Little Green Herons gave amazing views from the Anhinga Trail in the Everglades.

Florida Scrub Jay is Florida's only endemic bird.

The primeval looking Corkscrew Swamp.

Brown Pelican is a very confiding species in Florida but it still took quite a bit of skill by Paul to take this flight shot.

Black Skimmers are one of my favourite species.

This monster alligator was just by a suburban pond.

 

 

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Enjoy these photographs taken on our visit to Florida in December 2010.

 

Wood Stork, Everglades (Paul Willoughby)

 

Willet, Florida Keys (Paul Willoughby)

 

West Indian Manatees, Crystal River (Paul Willoughby). There were 128 that day!

 

Tri-coloured Heron, Everglades (Paul Willoughby)

 

Sandhill Crane, Lake Kissimmee (Paul Willoughby)

 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Homestead (Paul Willoughby)

 

Adult Roseate Spoonbill, Everglades (Paul Willoughby)

 

Young Roseate Spoonbill, Everglades (Paul Willoughby)

 

Red-winged Blackbird, Green Cay (Paul Willoughby)

 

Young Red-tailed Hawk, Everglades (Paul Willoughby)

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Everglades (Paul Willoughby)

 

Raccoon, Green Cay (Paul Willoughby)

 

Pied-billed Grebe, Green Cay  (Paul Willoughby)

 

Male Painted Bunting, Green Cay  (Paul Willoughby). This male was in the shade when he was photographed.

You should have seen the colours when he sat in the sun!

 

Female Painted Bunting, Green Cay  (Paul Willoughby)

 

Nine-banded Armadillo, Merrett Island (Paul Willoughby)

 

Lubber (or is it Lover?) Grasshoppers, Everglades (Paul Willoughby)

 

Green Heron, Everglades  (Paul Willoughby)

 

Green Heron, Everglades  (Paul Willoughby)

 

Florida's only endemic bird, the Florida Scrub Jay, Merritt Island  (Paul Willoughby)

 

.... and another

 

Eastern Phoebe, Everglades  (Paul Willoughby)

 

Common Cooter, Green Cay  (Paul Willoughby)

 

Cave Swallows trying to keep warm! It was unusually chilly in the Everglades this year. (Paul Willoughby)

 

Burrowing Owls are always a favourite at Cape Coral  (Paul Willoughby)

 

If you can't get a decent shot of a Brown Pelican in Florida you might as well throw your camera away! Florida Keys  (Paul Willoughby)

 

Broad-winged Hawks were seen in good numbers this year, Everglades  (Paul Willoughby)

 

Blue-winged Teal male, Green Cay (Paul Willoughby)

 

Barred Owl, Everglades  (Paul Willoughby)

 

 

 

Anhinga, Green Cay  (Paul Willoughby)

 

American Purple Gallinule, Everglades  (Paul Willoughby)

 

Alligator, Green Cay  (Paul Willoughby)

 

FLORIDA 2008

 

Here's a selection of photographs taken on our Florida trip in December 2008. Florida is a one of the best places in the world for bird photography. The birds are so tame, as the close-ups below show.

These photographs were taken by Geoff Tweddle, a customer on our tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photographs below were taken by Paul

Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Juvenile White-crowned Pigeon, a southern Florida speciality

The Royal Terns on the beach at Sanibel Island were oblivious to birdwatchers and beach-goers alike!

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Osprey

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Cardinal

Green Heron

Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnake

The endangered American Crocodile (much rarer than the Alligator)

Green Anole Lizard

caterpillar sp

Burrowing Owl

watching the Barred Owl....

Barred Owl watching us !

Anhinga

One of the scarcest species we saw was an American Golden Plover. They normally winter in South America.

 

 

 

Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.

 

 

 

 

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