Monday, 25 March 2013

Osprey and things, Lake Okeechobee

Female Red-winged Blackbird

We had a ride up to Lake Okeechobee as we have never been in that area before. Lake Okeechobee means big water in the  Seminole Indian language, and well named it was, being the largest freshwater lake in Florida


Standing on the shore of the lake is a bit like looking out to see, as you can't see the opposite shore-line

This is only narrow view of a very large lake.

This Osprey put in an appearance while we viewed the lake, it made a couple of half hearted dives, with no success, maybe it wasn't very hungry.

Osprey

And again.
The male Red wing turned up but the lighting was poor so only managed a couple of  not too good shots.

Male Red wing

Red wing

Then while taking pics of the Red wing a Belted Kingfisher came zipping up the near-by canal

Belted Kingfisher, unfortunately it didn't hang around, however the next bird on the scene did.

Palm Warbler, second one of the holiday.

Palm Warbler, they are usually fairly approachable, but this one was a bit nervous, this angle shows the yellow rump and rufous crown, good id markings. Other birds seen but no pics where, Black Vulture, which seem to be everywhere you go. also Egrets, Coots, and some duck too far out on the water to id. It was a nice change to see this area.

10 comments:

  1. A great post for WBW!
    Nice to study every photo!

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  2. A great series of photos - I especially like the in-flight Ospreys.

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    1. Thanks Mick, it was an interesting day just not the best of light that day, most of the days on the trip have been good.
      All the best Gordon.

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  3. Thanks for that Hans, I was hopeing for better pics of the Osprey but the light was poor.
    Thanks again, and all the best Gordon

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  4. Nice pictures, where I really like those of the osprey!
    I long for ours to come back now, when Spring is soon coming (in my country Sweden)
    Greetings Pia

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    1. Thanks Pia, its the same in England, they usually start to arrive about the end of the month, but this could be delayed because of the bad weather we are haveing.
      Thanks again Gordon.

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  5. Next year I want to go to the Big O birding festival in March. We've boated across that Lake and this year we stayed at Clewiston (in the boat) for a couple of days. It is a BIG Lake!

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    1. Sallie, you have had and are still having an amazing life, and your blog is great, full of interest and life. I hope you get to the big O, if you do tell us all about it.
      All the best Gordon.

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  6. I spent a lot of time fishing on Lake Okeechobee as I was growing up in south Florida.
    I'm really enjoying your tour of our state! Great images!

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    1. I can imagin the fishing would be good on an area of water that size, and holding some good size fish.
      Thanks again Wally.

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