Florida Birds at Emeralda Marsh

This was the opening weekend at Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area in central Florida so we took cameras looking for the big Florida birds in one of their favorite habitats. We have written about this place twice last year. It is a over 4 miles of road built on the top of dikes that makes it easy viewing for those of us with accessibility issues. Because we didn’t know how the wind would be blowing and it was a bit chilly (60 degrees F), we didn’t take tripods, just a telephoto. Here are the results. Enjoy!

DH getting good shots at the water's edge
DH getting good shots at the water’s edge

This is Lake County, so those that can afford it, fly from lake to lake
This is Lake County, so those that can afford it, fly from lake to lake

Little weeds in bloom along the side of the road
Little weeds in bloom along the side of the road

White herons are very prolific
White herons are very prolific

Black ibis preening
Black ibis preening

American coots
American coots

More wildflowers
More wildflowers

Can anyone identify what these flowers are?
Can anyone identify what these flowers are?

Heron coming in for a landing over one of the many lakes
Heron coming in for a landing over one of the many lakes

HeroWhat the road over the dikes looks like
What the road over the dikes looks like

DH took this super shot:

Great blue heron taking flight
Great blue heron taking flight

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