A Variety of Birds and Bugs w/Snapa in Nov. (1/20/21)

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A Variety of Birds and Bugs w/Snapa in Nov. (1/20/21)
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Time to post up some more shots from Green Cay and Wakodahatchee Wetlands, taken on November 21st this time.  I had met up with Snapa on that day, his first time back up to the wetlands in a while, and we did a quick round of Green Cay then headed over to Wakodahatchee.

All shots were taken with the A6600 and the FE 200-600mm G OSS combo as usual, and all are posted at 1800 pixels on the long side if you click through the originals:

The always lovely pied-billed grebe - they're fun to shoot when close because they have such fine hair-like feather detail

A palm warbler searching around on the wet forest floor, deep under tree cover where the sun doesn't penetrate...needed ISO 6,400 for him, but I liked it because you don't usually see palm warblers in that setting

A battle-scarred queen butterfly grabbing some pollen on a purple flower.  The butterflies often tangle with wasps and end up losing bits of their wings like this

A female red-winged blackbird standing quite at alert on the rail as we approached

A very lovely orange dragonfly at the end of a reed

Eastern phoebe sitting pretty on a thin branch

Northern mockingbird checking out some berries

Another pied-billed grebe transitioning from blue reflected water to brown reflected water

Yellow-crowned night heron attempting to catch a nap in the afternoon - but keeping that eye open at any sounds nearby

A very distant female belted kingfisher - just refusing to get closer, so I needed 600mm, APS-C crop, plus an 80% crop in post just to fill this much of the frame!

Hanging out in the pine forest stand, this red-shouldered hawk was just chilling on a branch - it stayed for a while, allowing us to walk around and try to find better angles to shoot it - it was in the shadows and high up, with lots of trees blocking from many angles

This angle was about the cleanest - though it took a while for it to turn its head!

A pair of wood storks hanging out in the water, still wet from recent baths

The wood storks had arrived back to Wakodahatchee, but not yet nesting...just hanging around.  IN fact, it wasn't until January 9 that they all jumped up onto the tree islands at once to start building nests - 80-100 of them!

A female anhinga, wet from a swim, drying herself off on a low branch over the water, and backlit from the sun

Comments, questions, and critique welcomed as always and ever!

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