Monday, February 22, 2010

Florida Trip

Blog late entry

On February 3rd I went down to the Mass Audubon’s North River Wildlife Sanctuary to enter two pictures in the Juried Photography Show which Theme is: Show Us the Best of Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary.

After we dropped of the picture we went down to Plymouth by Cordage Park to see if we could visualized the red-headed duck. We found it across from the park and at the far end of the pond. I was Unable to get pictures because of the distance. However did find a Eurasian Widgeon among the American Widgeons, which was a life bird for me. Then home to get ready for the Florida trip.

February 11, 2010

Here we are in Florida, where the morning temperature was 33 degrees in New Smyrna Beach. I thought I left the cold weather in Taunton.

We left Taunton Monday evening at 6:30 Pm to miss the forecasted storm in the DC area. Roads were clear until the GPS took us down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Single lane, barely plowed, making about 2-3 miles per hour AND the drivers down there want to crawl up the rear end of the car. Once we got back on the Interstate and made good time. We Had Breakfast in Rocky Mount NC, being the first customers in the Cracker Barrel Restaurant there. We then drove to Savannah Georgia, where we stopped at the Savannah National wildlife refuge. Interesting Place, lots of birds and a few gators were present. Here are pictures from there

February 19, 2010.

I received an e-mail today that one of my pictures won first prize in the wildlife portion of the Mass Audubon's North River Wildlife Sanctuary juried photo show. I am waiting to hear which picture was so that I can post it. Here is the picture

February 22, 2010

Today is the first time that I have time to work on my blog. Every day we been up early have had breakfast, and then had gone out to bird watch and photograph. We are in Key West Florida, where it is raining. Our trip to the Dry Tortugas was canceled today, but we will go tomorrow. The trip has been interesting, and there have been many beautiful birds. We take numerous photographs, but the weather although now it is in the 60s. Earlier in the trip the weather has been cold enough to wear gloves. Many of the small passerines have remained hidden from view. Yesterday we got up very early and drove up Big Pine Key to find the key deer. We were very lucky, and found a nice buck beside the side of the road, which was not nervous. A lady was driving her bicycle and pass right by the deer two times without the deer even moving. I had gotten out of the car and taking pictures and the deer walk up to 5 feet from me. After with, we drove around the key and loading key and saw an additional 7 deer.

here is the link to the Florida Pictures

We returned to Key West, had breakfast and then toured Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. The birds we found were interesting, including a number of different varieties of doves.

We then toured portions of Key West, including the southernmost point. Next stop was the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, which is a great place to visit. The butterflies will land on you, they are beautiful to view, and brightly colored birds flying around with little quail running under your feet.

That's all for now, we will write more after we returned tomorrow from the Dry Tortugas.