Quick post for today on some of the more common birds of Southwest Florida, such as anhingas, herons, egrets and hawks. These species are most often found near or on the water.

Anhinga

Anhinga

Also known as the snakebird, the anhinga is a common fish-eating bird found along the coasts and interior of Florida. This one was in wait in a wild cocoplum while hunting near the Sweetwater Strand near Naples, Florida.

Anhinga


Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron

A juvenile black-crowned night heron practices to hunt for prey in a tree overhanging a pond in the Big Cypress National Preserve in SW Florida.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron


Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Bristling its winter-breeding plumage, this small heron known as the little blue heron wades in the shallows of a salty estuary on Sanibel Island.


Red-Shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

A red-shouldered hawk feasts on a panfish caught deep in the Big Cypress National Preserve of Southwest Florida.


Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Sunlight reflected off the water illuminates a beautiful snowy egret as it congregates with other snowy egrets in the mangroves of Sanibel Island in Southwest Florida during breeding season.


Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

A lone snowy egret hunts the brackish pools among the mangroves in a tidal pond on Sanibel Island, Florida.

                                                                                          

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Rich Leighton
May 5, 2015
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