Nature Walk, 11 August 2017 – After the Storm

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Nature Walk, 11 August 2017 – After the Storm

The title could be “the rainy season, part 8…” as we continue to have periodic thunderstorms built, dump and pass through the area.  Seeing that a good portion of the Pacific Northwest is dealing with unusually hot weather and smoke from wide-spread forest fires… well, I’ll put up with a little rain here in Florida.  The smoke and dust of Eastern Washington (plus nearby Hanford) didn’t do wonders for my lungs.  I still get a dry cough when tired or stressed.

The day started out cloudy as I packed up Bella the Kia and headed out to my favorite wetlands.  The birds were quiet and huddled on their nests, a sign of impending weather.  Soon enough it began to sprinkle a bit, but I broke out the umbrella, stowed the camera and continued walking.  After checking out the activity (or lack thereof — this is “off season” for the birds as well as the visitors) at Wakodahatchee, I drove over to Green Cay.

There was a little more action at Green Cay, with lots of Little Blue Heron sightings, an alligator and tons of turtles poking their noses above the tea-colored waters of the wetlands.

See below for more photos from this little outing:

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Anhinga, an underwater swimmer

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Cattle Egret

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Brooding Black-bellied Whistling Duck

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Little Blue Heron

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Odd Cloud Formation

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Bittern or Green Heron (still learning, lol!)

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Basilisk Lizard (the one that runs on two legs!)

DSCN4025 And the grand finale, an adult alligator sighting

All in all, it was a good day outing, starting in clouds and ending in sunshine with a couple of alligator sightings to boot, always a plus.  The one up above was cruising across an open stretch of water at Green Cay Wetlands.

Enjoy the upcoming weekend and blessings to all!

Namaste,

Eliza Ayres

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Photos:  All mine, taken @ Wakodahatchee and Green Cay Wetlands, Palm Beach County.