Surfacing from their dives to chase fish, anhingas, with their long-necked heads, look like snakes at attention, which is why the anhinga is also called the snakebird, or water turkey. After dining their fill, they […]
For birders, a hike down a Florida trail means an ever-unfolding adventure of discovery. Positioned as we are along major annual migratory routes, Florida offers thousands of places for sightings of both common and offbeat species. Our Great Florida Birding Trail points you to sites where local folks concur the birding is especially excellent, and you’ll find many hikes on this website on that list.
As seen at Orlando Wetlands Park
Juvenile black-crowned night heron at Robinson Preserve
An unusual-looking Florida raptor, the crested caracara is Mexico’s national bird. They are members of the falcon family, but their heads look very parrot-like—a red face and a thick curved bill offset their black-and-white plumage. […]
A colonial nesting bird, the cattle egret is often seen in large flocks overhead in morning and evening, heading to and from their roosts and nests in shrubs along shorelines. Their name comes from frequent […]
Cormorants can be easily confused with the anhinga, but are a more social bird. You’ll see them hanging out in groups. The anhinga prefers solitude, and has a longer, leaner frame. Its neck looks enough […]
Seen in very specific scrub habitats with smaller trees, the Florida scrub-jay is only found in Florida, its population in decline and severely limited by lack of habitat. It is a friendly and curious bird, […]
A distinctive sight along Florida’s waterways, the great blue heron is the tallest of the blue-hued wading birds you’ll see hunting along the shorelines.
The largest of the white-colored wading birds in Florida, the great egret is frequently seen in wetlands areas and along waterways.
Chestnut-brown with white spots, the limpkin has a curved beak much like an ibis. It is one of Florida’s more rare birds, and has been listed on the protected species list. Its diet consists mostly […]
Few wading birds sound genuinely upset when you walk past them, but the little blue heron sure kicks up a fuss – and usually moves away quickly, no matter how softly you walk.
This distinctive white-bellied blue heron is the Louisiana heron, also known as the tricolored heron. It’s similar in size and shape to the little blue heron, which is all blue, but is taller.
One of the noisiest residents of the marsh, the moorhen – also known as the common gallinule or marsh hen – has a distinctive red beak compared to their cousins the coots, whose beaks are […]
As seen at Green Cay Wetlands
The osprey is a large black and white raptor, up to two feet tall and with a six-foot wingspan. Although ospreys are found worldwide, the effects of pesticides – particularly DDT – almost wiped out […]
There’s no mistaking the roseate spoonbill, with its bright pink plumage and distinctive shovel-shaped beak. Usually seen in pairs or large groups, they feed on mud flats in both estuarine and freshwater habitats.
Consider yourself fortunate to come across sandhill cranes in the throes of their mating dance, as the males leap and prance with wings outspread, bowing and cackling to attract the attention of a mate. Sandhill […]