Monday, November 20, 2017

Fort Myers Beach Area


Banded Garden Spider




For November and December we are based at Indian Creek Resort at Fort Myers beach near dear friends, Bud & Patti (Hancock) Myers who are at a near by Assisted Living Center.  We've joined them for worship at First Assembly of God church for wonderful services. 

Yellow-throated Warbler

Prairie Warbler


Even though we are in an urban area, birds are everywhere, including a nesting pair of Bald Eagles right here in the park.  This area was spared from major damage from Hurricane Irma, but as we travel, we see major damage in many areas.
Mayan Cichlid in Indian Creek



Our first road trip was to Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp.  They had been closed for a month because of Irma damage, but we got a discount because half of the boardwalk was closed. 
Different habitats at Corkscrew Swamp

Painted Bunting

White-eyed Vireo

Cypress Knees


On the way back we stopped at Crew
 Bird Rookery Swamp.
Pond Lily


Raccoon 


Wood Storks under the full moon

Bald Eagle - full moon halo

Otter Pond at Six Mile Cypress Slough



Next road trip was much closer, The Six Mile Cypress Slough on the east side of Fort Meyers.
Autumn in Southern Florida

Lubber Grasshopper


Pine Warbler


Everyday, on walks around the park, we find many birds, and other wildlife.
Blue Jay eating Beetle

Anhinga

Great Blue Heron

White Ibis

Tricolored Heron

Little Blue Heron

Snowy Egret catches big Bluegill

Soft-shelled Turtle (albino?)



With nesting eagles practically out the door, we'll show a play by play in the life of the eagles.  Hopefully, we will still be here for the hatching of the eggs.


Talons full of nesting material

Arguing over stick arrangement  

Swarms of Fish Crows



Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Lake Okeechobee +




We spent the end of October based at South Bay on Lake Okeechobee.  The county park here is very peaceful and we were able to walk to the dike each day to bird.
Anhinga sounds off

Turkey Vulture floats by the dike

Snowy Egrets leave each morning and return at dusk

Swamp Lily

Black-bellied Whistling Duck with duckings to the left

Little Blue Heron


One of our day trips we drove east to Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands in Boynton Beach.
Purple Gallinule 

Alligator Flag Blossom

Roseate Spoonbill

Purple Swamphens - from Southeast Asia

Purple Swamphen 

Green Tree Frog

Black Vulture

Scarlet Skimmer

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Red-shouldered Hawk poses for his close-up

Limpkin at Lake Okeechobee

Burning of the Sugar Cane fields for harvest

Mosquito Fish or Gambusia

Wood Storks with hundreds of Long-billed Dowitchers


Another day trip took us south of Clewiston on Highway 835.  We saw lots of birds on our way toward Stormwater Treatment Area #5.
Turkey Vulture tug-of-war with raccoon intestines

Corn Snake

Crested Caracaras with heron leg

Hundreds of wading birds of all varieties

Anhinga flies by the dike

Yellow-crowned Night-heron 

Loggerhead Shrike with impaled sparrow

White Ibis with frog for dinner

Another Alligator

Red-shouldered Hawk gets harassed by N. Mockingbird

Pod of Manatees at Lake Okeechobee 



Beautiful sunsets each night and now we are off to Fort Myers Beach for the next two months.

Seeing God's creation everyplace we go.

Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann