Birdwatching – South Lake Howard Nature Park 7-28-12

Black-Crowned Night Heron at S Lk Howard

Black-Crowned Night-Heron at S Lk Howard

We spent about 25 minutes at the South Lake Howard Nature Park seeing what was around. I was trying to learn how to take photos “right-eyed” (See Anniversary and Other Things). Dan can shut one eye or the other, winking, but I can’t. I only can close the right eye. When I try to wink with the left eye, both eyes go shut. Oh, well, no one is perfect. Glad we stopped by the park to practice my new “technique.”

Little Blue Heron immature

Little Blue Heron immature

We were walking on the boardwalk on the Lake Howard side and spotted a Tricolored Heron and an immature Little Blue Heron. Just as we pulled up the cameras, a Black-crowned Night-Heron popped up on the rail between us and them. Wow! He was very close and we were able to get its photo. Dan kept getting closer to get better shots and the Heron just stayed there until I got too close. Most times we see a Night-Heron, they are hidden in the grass or not really visible. After he left, another Little Blue hopped up on the rail. An Anhinga was in a tree and one of the birds flew to a tree.

Red-winged Blackbird female

Red-winged Blackbird female

When we crossed the road to the pond side, we spotted a Great Blue Heron perched on a tree. The Osprey was up on the Tower checking out the normal Bald Eagles’s domain. I am including the 17 species that I turned in to the listing service. It is a nice way to keep track of your birdwatching adventures here in America. It is only for our birds. Not sure if other countries have something like it or not.

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (Psalms 37:3-4 KJV)

Enjoy the Slideshow.

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South Lake Howard Nature Park, Polk, US-FL
Jul 28, 2012 9:00 AM – 9:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
17 species (+1 other taxa)
Muscovy Duck (Domestic type) 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 3
Little Blue Heron 2
Tricolored Heron 1 Juvenile 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
White Ibis 5
Black Vulture 1
Osprey 1
Common Gallinule 3
Limpkin 1
Mourning Dove 2
Monk Parakeet 4
Blue Jay 2
Fish Crow 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Boat-tailed Grackle 2

2 thoughts on “Birdwatching – South Lake Howard Nature Park 7-28-12

  1. Wow! Gorgeous pictures in this slide show. I really enjoyed it.

    I can’t close my left eye completely without the right one squinting either. Until I was in junior high, I couldn’t really wink at all. I finally practiced with my right eye until I got good at winking with it. But the left just doesn’t want to close all by itself.


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