by Cindy McIntyre, Waldoboro, Maine
Wakodahatchee Wetlands - Boynton Beach Florida January 2008
This manmade wetland, and its sister Green Cay a short distance away,are two of my favorite birding spots - so much can be seen in such a small area. I first came here in 2004, (Green Cay was made in 2005) and 4 years later I remember where I saw the black-bellied whistling duck or the sora rail, hoping again to see them. 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.
One spoonbill has been visiting. They filter the water through their bills by wagging their heads through the water. The plentiful
Great (American) Egret is on the right. I learned my birds 30 years ago, so I sometimes use their (old) names.
One of my favorite birds - very vocal, and highly acrobatic
GREAT BLUE HERONS NESTING
The GB Herons oblige hundreds of photographers every year by raising their babies in plain view. Wood Stork in flight is on right.
Hooded Merganser male and female Blue-Winged Teal male, showing his trademark blue wing
A small heron with a variety of poses - with and without neck; with and without flared crest
TRICOLOR (Louisiana) HERON
From the boardwalk you can look down on the birds for an unusual perspective. The Tricolor is very common.
The male anhinga during breeding season is a strikingly gorgeous bird - his mate with the brown neck is on the nest to the right. There will be many babies from this rookery later in the season
GATORS and TURTLES
For many visitors, gators are the highlight of the trip. There are some REALLY BIG ones, too. Florida Red-Bellied Turtle with Common Moorhen and Florida Softshell Turtles are quite common as well.
MISCELLANEOUS - stay tuned, more to come
Pie-Billed Grebe Snowy Egret Mockingbird
From the Florida DEP website: Derived from a Seminole Indian phrase meaning "created waters," the Wakodahatchee Wetlands was constructed by Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department next to the existing System 3 Water Treatment Plant located one mile southeast of the Southern Region Water Reclamation Facility. This project has significantly enhanced about 56 acres of former percolation ponds into a thriving wetlands habitat. Approximately two million gallons per day of highly treated reclaimed water is used to maintain the wetlands, which attracts an abundance of wildlife in a park-like setting. By acting as a natural filter for nutrients that remain, the wetland work to further cleanse the water. http://floridadep.net/water/wastewater/dom/wetwako.htm