This sweet blue heron tolerated me for quite a while before taking flight. I am awed by the coloring seen in his wings - they look like a watercolor painting!
Seeing a tricolored heron as well was a treat!
And of course, our resident egrets and ibis did not let me down.
There were also several pairs
Now, this was a real treat, and one that not everyone gets, I understand. For the first time, I saw a caracara! He was truly unusual looking, and I thought he was some type of hawk. He does belong to the falcon family, but has such an unusual looking beak and "headdress".
Good morning, vulture - the king of the dirt pile......
and the wood pile!
And what pretty little bird do we have here?
And this is a juvenile limpkin or ibis (not sure which), playing hide-n-seek with me.
The peace and quiet of this place is remarkable.
Not far from the location above, I zoomed in on this mother and her young. However, when I saw the photo on the computer screen, I became enamored with her innocence and charm and tried to identify her - but had no luck. Please contact me if you know!
And the most wonderful opportunity of all - the red shouldered hawk. Actually, there were two of them. On my way in, I came across this one feeding on what appears to be a lizard. He definitely wants me to leave him alone.
On my way out, this beauty posed patiently for me. I didn't want to stop! Can you see the strength in his wing muscles?