In this post, I'll share some of the birds of Myakka River State Park (near Sarasota), which was the first stop in my travels around Florida. I first found Myakka River a few years ago and have since visited 4 times. I just love staying in one of the vintage cabins and getting up early for some wonderful nature photography!
One of the birds I always seem to find, and quite easily, in Myakka River State Park is the Red-shouldered Hawk. In this case, there were a pair of them, just outside our cabin in the park:
Another Myakka bird that I always enjoy is the prehistoric-looking Wood Stork:
Myakka River State Park also is the home to many (and I mean many!) vultures, both Black and Turkey. Most of the vultures seem to be the Black Vulture, but a few Turkey Vultures can also be found:
While photographing gators one day, I was surprised to find a single, Black-necked Stilt working the shoreline nearby:
And even had some Least Sandpipers come in close:
White Ibis were common (as they seem to be anywhere you travel in Florida!):
Limpkins were seen every day, also:
Great Egrets, also quite common, were seen every day in the park. They were especially nice to find when the wind was calm and nice reflections in the Myakka River were seen:
... and some nice opportunities were given to me by them in the sunset-colored waters of the river:
And not to be outdone, a Black-crowned Night Heron made an appearance during one of the brilliant sunset-colored evenings:
And here is a closeup of one of the several Night Herons I photographed:
Earlier I mentioned alligators. It really amazed me at the bravery (or was it stupidity?) of some of the birds as they tended to get very close to these large reptiles, as did this Great Egret and some of the vultures:
I also got to see another favorite bird in Myakka River State Park, the Roseatte Spoonbill. It is always such a delight to see this brilliantly colored bird, with it's rosy-red coloration and it's spoonbill. I will defer the spoonie images until my next post ... I got to see them much better at another location I visitied. :o)
These birds were the highlight for me during my 4 days at Myakka River State Park.
This blog post was written by, and all photography created by Jim Braswell of Show-Me Nature Photography.