Birdwatching – South Lake Howard Nature Park – 10/2/10

South Lake Howard Nature Park, Winter Haven, FL

South Lake Howard Nature Park, Winter Haven, FL

Saturday, Dan and I were back out birdwatching and enjoying God’s creation. This time we stopped by the South Lake Howard Nature Park in Winter Haven. It was another beautiful “cooler” day like Friday at Circle B.

He put another story before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and put in his field: Which is smaller than all seeds; but when it has come up it is greater than the plants, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of heaven come and make their resting-places in its branches. (Matthew 13:31-32 BBE)

Testing Camera on a White Ibis

Testing Camera on a White Ibis

We were only testing out my camera this time. After missing so many great photos at the Circle B and other outings, we stopped by Marshall’s Camera Shop in Auburndale that afternoon to discuss my camera’s problem. It had been acting up for some time and it wouldn’t auto-focus right. After some adjustments and an attempt to sell me a new Canon, I was satisfied to try some more with my faithful Panasonic Lumix point-and-shoot, always on “program” mode or “video” mode camera. (I’ll leave all those f-stops and ISO’s for the photographers who know what there doing, like Dan, Ian, and my great photographers.) I shoot “proof-shots” (I saw it) and “ID shots” (What was that bird?).

White Ibis on Rail at S. Lake Howard

White Ibis on Rail at S. Lake Howard

White Ibis on Rail up close

White Ibis on Rail up close

With the camera in hand, we checked out the park and managed to see 18 different species and the camera was behaving much better. The birds we observed were small in number again, like Friday. Not sure why the birds haven’t gotten back down here yet. Hope that big storm that went up the East Coast lately didn’t mess up their migration trips down here.

Tricolored Heron at South Lake Howard

Tricolored Heron

South Lake Howard - Bunny

Bunny at South Lake Howard

Here is a list of what we saw and reported to e-Bird. I didn’t report the bunny rabbit to them.

Number of species:     18
Anhinga     1
Great Blue Heron     2
Great Egret     1
Little Blue Heron     1
Tricolored Heron     2
White Ibis     10
Wood Stork     2
Osprey     2
Purple Gallinule     3
Common Moorhen     9
Mourning Dove     1
Monk Parakeet     5
Belted Kingfisher     1
Blue Jay     3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     1
Northern Mockingbird     2
Red-winged Blackbird     2
Boat-tailed Grackle     3

For more visits to South Lake Howard Nature Park.

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