Saturday, October 20, 2007

Florida - View from an Airboat

Tired from our journey the day before, a late breakfast was had and we decided to drive to Lake Toho to take a ride on an airboat and to get our first look at our Floridian surroundings. Of course there would be birds. En-route the Turkey Vultures, Black Vultures and a few American Kestrels were viewed.

At Boggy Creek Captain Chuck took us out for a half hour “bird flush” and in no time I had clocked Great White and Great Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Belted Kingfisher, Wood Stork, Limpkin and Greater Yellowlegs. Our driver slowed at strategic points to view a perched Snail Kite and a pair of Bald Eagles on their nest platform. I was left thinking that environmental pressure on the birds during the breeding season would probably be adverse although Lake Toho is one of many huge lakes in Florida.

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