We are amateur ornithologists in our home - we have watched, searched out and tried to identify new-to-us birds for many years. Here in Florida, we have already spotted so many warm climate & coastal birds.
Here are a few that Tim & I were able to photograph today:
I saw this Anhinga perching over a pond as we sped down a road and asked Tim to turn around and go back so we could get a closer look. It was on my list of birds I hoped to see in Florida!
These Brown Pelicans were sitting on a pier, hoping to get some bits of food from all the people who were fishing. They were so tame and would look right at you as they were "keeping an eye on you".
These little guys are Sanderlings, and apparently, they felt they needed to watch me too!
Ruddy Turnstones - male & female (sitting)
Female Boat-tailed Grackle - not as showy as some of the birds we saw, but it was our first sighting of this species.
We saw Sandhill Cranes for the first time last year on Manitoulin Island during the summer. I guess these ones haven't migrated north for the season yet.
Cattle Egret - you can see why they get their name.
My amateur ornithologists greeting the ocean that we all love so much.