Lake Kissimmee Florida - Birds Jan 08
Cindy McIntyre

 Most are shot with the Nikon 55-200 VR lens on the D80.  Please respect my copyright by not copying these images or using them on your computer or website without permission or payment of a licensing fee.  All images copyrighted by Cindy McIntyre 2008.  Contact me:  cindy@cindymcintyre.com

LAKE KISSIMMEE AND JOE OVERSTREET ROAD CENTRAL FLA. - Jan. 11-12, 2008

SNAIL KITES


Female Snail Kite (left) and Male on right.  To far right, female carries the apple snail that it feeds on.  They're the size of, uh, small apples. 


The eyes and legs are quite red, and the very hooked bill is perfect for excavating the soft snail from its shell.  Female (middle) and male (right) hunting. 

WHOOPING CRANES

I've had a special spot in my heart for whooping cranes, ever since I became a birder at age 9.  The Audubon Park Zoo in New Orleans, near where I lived, had Crip and Josephine, who escaped a fire that killed some monkeys. 


Three of them were easily spotted feeding among the cattle.  They have colored leg bands for identification. 

SANDHILL CRANES


SONGBIRDS


Eastern Meadowlark posed beautifully and sang me a great song.  Loggerhead Shrike on sign at public landing on Lake Kissimmee.


Loggerhead Shrike                                            Mockingbird                                                                        Bluebird male on longleaf pine - 3 Lakes


Brown-headed Nuthatch - 3 Lakes Wildlife Management Area

WATERFOWL


American Bittern "hiding" in reeds..... and flying


Purple Gallinule


Anhingas - Male (left) and Female (right)


Belted Kingfisher - male                                                                                                                                                Cattle Egret in Flight

HAWKS ETC.


Bald Eagle in Flight                                                                        Unidentified Hawk silhouette                   Bald Eagle and the Red-White-and-Blue

 
Red-Shouldered Hawk                                                    Black Vulture                                                                    Turkey Vulture

MISCELLANEOUS


Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Nesting Trees - 3 Lakes WMA                Fox Squirrel

 
Coming home to roost at sunset                                                            Foggy Dawn


Mama Gator and babies.  Much of the wildlife was viewed from the Kissimmee SwampTours at the Joe Overstreet Public Landing.

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