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~Florida Shore Birds at Torry Island and Sugar Cane Fields

February 2022

Here are a few birds I saw while riding our ebikes around Torry Island RV park. We were camping at South Bay County Park in South Bay, FL. 

If I had to do it all over again, I would have tried to stay at Torry Island RV park instead of South Bay RV park. The road noise from Highway 27 was not pleasant and it was continuous.

The birding was most enjoyable!

~Common Gallinule

~Tricolored Heron

~White Ibis

~Little Blue Heron

~Great Egret

~Glossy Ibis

~Grey-headed Swamphen

However, the Okeechobee Lake levee, just outside of the South Bay RV park, was enjoyable to walk and ride on. South Bay to Torry Island was a two mile bike ride.

South Bay and the surrounding areas produce 57% of the Sugar Cane crops in the US. Sugar Cane fields for miles and miles.

Sugar Cane fields

Belle Glade, a neighboring town,  is known for its fertile soil and sugarcane production, carrying the slogan “Her Soil is her Fortune.”  The town is found on the southeast edge of Lake Okeechobee in Palm Beach County, Florida.

I like their slogan!

~Florida Birding Series – Lake Apopka

Apopka, Florida February 2021

 

We stayed at a county park called Magnolia Park and drove around  Lake Apopka. It is a beautiful lake with lots of wildlife. Here are a few photos.

Anhinga

White-faced Ibis

Cattle Egret

White Ibis

Little Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Great Blue Heron

Red-winged Blackbird

Blue-winged Teal waving goodbye.

~Birding in Florida, Barred Owl, #388

~Ross Prairie Campground, January 15, 2018

OoO-The Beauty of Nature…

The path leading into the live oak forest is hard packed sand and covered with years of fallen leaves, making its color rusty brown. It is early evening and the light filtering through the heavily treed canopy creates long shadows. Some of the trees are huge with thick trunks and long branches giving away their age.

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Ross Prairie Trail

Some of the branches are so heavy they grow toward the ground. The branches are covered with moisture loving green moss and ferns, perfect compliments to these old giants.

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Ferns in the arms of a beautiful Live Oak Tree
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Ferns growing at the base of a tree.

We are walking along the trail, enjoying the quite, Howard in the lead with Skye and I bringing up the rear. All of a sudden Howard stops in front of me and I run right into him. He softly tells me, “I saw an owl fly and it landed on a branch just ahead.” We stand still for a few seconds not wanting to scare the owl and then began slowly walking toward the tree. Howard says, “Hand me Skye so you can get closer, I will stay back.”

I walk quietly and slowly not wanting it to fly. My heart is pounding, because it looks like a Barred Owl, which I have never seen in the wild. Oh my gosh, it is a Barred Owl. I am so excited.

I don’t have my camera, but I take a photo with my phone. It isn’t a good photo, because the owl is so high up in the tree and the lighting is not the best.

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Barred Owl

It doesn’t matter, the only thing that matters is standing there in the forest, watching the owl. It stays perched looking around and looking down at me. This encounter was unexpected and amazing.

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A tree passed its prime.

~The Barred Owl is number 388 on my Birding Life List~