Just back from a lightening, two-day, trip to South Florida where I met Madeira bird guides and old friends Hugo Romano and Catarina Fagundes, and local birding expert Carlos Sanchez for a brief, but very birdy weekend.
I had no real targets for this trip, and with no Caribbean rarities around I was just looking for a good few days of birding and a change of scenery. As it turns out, the highlights were mostly Western vagrants and scarce Western wintering birds. Added six new birds to my Florida State List and had a great time. A few photos below ....
Best bird of the trip by far was a BUFF-BELLIED HUMMINGBIRD, a species I'd seen only once before in Texas. This bird, a great bird for Florida, was unfortunately not very photogenic, staying largely inside a dense tangle of flowering shrubs, but we did get good views and enjoyed a nice hour with three species of hummingbirds (the Buff-bellied, a couple of RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS, and a lot of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds) at a small park South of Miami.
|Rufous Hummingbird, immature male.|
|Tri-colored Heron (above) / White Ibis (below)|
|Bronzed Cowbird (above) / White-crowned Pigeon (below)|
And also a rare chance to go to the beach in shorts ....
|Royal Tern (above) / Lesser Black-Backed Gulls (below)|