After 22 Years, Finally an American Flamingo

Sue and I travelled to Key West back in 94, for our first trip to the Dry Tortugas.   We drove on the Hwy. 1 into the Keys and from Manatee Bay a Flamingo flew in front of the car.  Little did I know it would be 22 years til I saw another one in Florida.

I was tired and had been driving for 30 hours at the time and their were many escapee’s in the area so I never counted that Flamingo.

Well this year in Fort Myer’s, Bunche Beach, Richard Killen and I found the Flamingo.

A new ABA bird, the American Flamingo:  Taken from extreme distance.

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Richard and I had a great 5 days of birding, seeing 137 species, below are some of the better photos, taken with my Nikon D7200 and P900 point and shoot cameras.

American Avocet – Bunche Beach, Fort Myers

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American Coot – Baptist Hospital

AmericanCoot2016

Anhinga – Everywhere

Anhinga2016

Black-bellied Whistling Duck – Wakodahatchee Wetlands, a must visit if your nearby – free admission

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Black Skimmer – Flamingo, Everglades

BlackSkimmer2016

Burrowing Owl

BurrowingOwl2016

Common Gallinule – Brewer Park Roost, no Macaws but lots of birds

CommonGallinule2016

Crested Caracara, 3 Lakes WMA, while searching for the Whooping Crane

CrestedCaracara2016

Eastern Meadowlark, many

EasternMeadowlark2016

Florida Scrub-Jay – Archbold Biological Station, Venus, Florida

FloridaScrubJay2016

Great Egret – any water will have an Egret…

GreatEgret2016

Green Heron – Wakodahatchee Wetlands

GreenHeron2016

Little Blue Heron Immature – Loxahatchee NWR

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Limpkin- Loxahatchee NWR

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Little Blue Heron Adult – Loxahatchee NWR

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Loggerhead Shrike – Homestead Airport

LoggerheadShrike2016

Monk Parakeet – entrance of Loxahatchee NWR

MonkParakeet2016

Muscovy Duck – Brewer Park

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Nelson’s Sparrow – Coastal Trail, Everglades – tons of mosquitos, water, bring boots.

NelsonsSparrow2016

Osprey – Flamingo, Everglades

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Palm Warbler – Sanibel Island, most common warbler we saw

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Pied-billed Grebe – Wakodahatchee Wetlands

PiedbilledGrebe2016

Piping Plover – Bunche Beach, shorebird heaven

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Prairie Warbler – Flamingo, Everglades

PrairieWarbler2016

Purple Gallinule – Wakodahatchee Wetlands

PurpleGallinulle2016

Reddish Egret – Ding Darling, Sanibel Island

ReddishEgret2016

Red-headed Woodpecker – Archbold Biological Station, Venus, Florida

RedHeadedWoodpecker2016

Red Knot – Ding Darling, Sanibel Island

RedKnot2016

Roseate Spoonbill – 3 Lakes WMA

RoseateSpoonbill2016

Royal Tern – Flamingo, Everglades

RoyalTern2016

Saltmarsh Sparrow – Coastal Trail, Flamingo, Everglades

SaltmarshSparrow2016

Semi-palmated Plover – Bunche Beach, Fort Myers

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Short-tailed Hawk – Loxahatchee NWR

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Smooth-billed Ani – Loxahatchee NWR

SmoothbilledAni2016

Adult Snail Kite – Loxahatchee NWR

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Juvenile Snail Kite – Loxahatchee NWR

SnailKiteJuvenile2016

Snowy Egret – Ding Darling, Sanibel Island

SnowyEgret2016

Spot-breasted Oriole – Markham Park, Fort Lauderdale

SpotbreastedOriole2016

Grey-headed Swamphen (formerly Purple Swamphen) – Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Swamphen2016

White Ibis – Loxahatchee NWR

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White-winged Parakeet – Ocean Bank, 42nd Avenue

WhitewingedParakeet2016

Wilson’s Plover – Bunche Beach, Fort Myers

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Wood Stork – Entrance to Bunche Beach in ditch

WoodStork2016

Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron – Ding Darling, Sanibel Island

YellowcrownedNightHeron2016

Yellow-throated Warbler – Flamingo, Everglades

YellowthroatedWarbler2016

We did miss a few birds but not for lack of trying.

We also found a small lake in Sunrise, Florida with a bunch of exotic Ducks.  Nothing countable but lovely to see.

Common Shelduck

CommonShelduck2016

Red-crested Pochard

RedCrestedPochard2016

White-cheeked Pintail

WhitecheekedPintail2016

American Alligator

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Baby Alligator

AlligatorYoung2016

American Crocodile – First one I’ve ever seen

AmericanCrocodile2016

Iguana – not many seen due to cool temperturess

Iguana2016

The Flamingo was my last normally occurring bird in Florida that I needed.  I love Florida.

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Ciao for now

 

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2 Responses to After 22 Years, Finally an American Flamingo

  1. Dan Brown says:

    Another great looking trip, Paul! Jealous here!

  2. rudypohl says:

    Hi Paul:

    By the way, the Snow Buntings finally came close to me after I was sitting in the ditch for about 30 minutes. And you won’t believe what happened… I got off about a dozen shots and my battery died!!!!!

    Also, way to go getting that American Flamingo!

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