While in Titusville having service done to Homey….we took a suggestion of fellow birders and went to Orlando Wetlands in Christmas, Florida.
The OWP is a water treatment wetland and city park run by the city of Orlando, located in Christmas, FL. It takes treated wastewater from the Orlando metro area and runs it through a series of ponds, in which the vegetation take up remaining nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous. The water is then discharged into the St. Johns River.
Click here to see Maps and Bird Check list of the Wetlands park.
Jeff and I did a 2.5 mile loop …
The park is large and we didn’t have enough time to
see the whole park.
We were greeted by A chorus of Coot, Limpkin, Boat-tailed Grackle, common Gallinule and roaring alligators..
There were Turkey Vultures on one side of the road..
And Black Vultures on the opposite side..
We continued on looking thru the reeds…to our delight we found
In the same vicinity a Green Heron flies in..
A hawk flies in and causes a ruckus amongst the birds..
Red shouldered Hawk
Taken with my 20x point and shoot.
Digiscoped by Jeff
We continued on looking for more birds..I wanted to see rails..
We heard and saw them roaring ..This one is just lounging around..
It was facing the road so we quickly went by..
We find another Purple Gallinule..
A large green Dragonfly
I think this may be an Eastern Pondhawk
We find a Corm with some sticky white thing stuck to its bill..it kept trying to flick it off.
We had wonderful views of not one but four Least Bittern in this area.
They flew in and out of the reeds several times.
Neither of us were fast enough to get a good photo..
What a wonderful thing to see! We were so exited and left thinking nothing can top this…(Well ~this Cedar Waxwing flock did)
Passing Great Blue Herons..
Immature Ibis in the green..
Glossy Ibis on a dead tree..
More Blue-winged Teal
And will be sure to visit the next time we are in Titusville
We saw 51 species
It was Christmas for us here at Orlando Wetlands Park…
Orlando Wetlands Park, Orange, US-FL
Mar 30, 2012 8:45 AM - 12:25 PM
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51 species (+1 other taxa)
Least Bittern 4 in the same area - watched them fly and land several times
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Accipiter sp. Short tail hawk?
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