Wild Bird Center Visit – Key Largo, Florida
Great Egret perches on a shadowy limb at the Wild Bird Center. It was a perfect breezy, sunlit winter day in the Florida Keys. After so many rainy cold fronts, it was a delight to be there.
Last Saturday I tagged along with my husband while he scoped out some places that might serve as temporary storage for our boat in the upper Keys. This would enable us to drive down and launch more easily during some selected months of the year. I greatly look forward to some opportunities to explore some of the outer islands in the southern Keys more readily.
So naturally I jumped at the chance to go so that I could also stop in and see how the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Center was doing lately. My last couple of visits the sanctuary boardwalk and bird rehab facilities were under considerable reorganizing and clean up. Saturday’s visit showed everything looking great and with quite a few visitors in the time I wandered around. There was a team of young college kids involved with raking seaweed from the shoreline and helping with the rehab habitats while I was there. It was good to see how much was happening. Please refer to a previous post entitled ‘Keep Them Flying’ with a bit more history of this unique effort and Laura Quinn’s vision.
Today I just wanted to share four images representative of my visit on Saturday and hope that you enjoy the view!!
A Green Heron wandered out of a thicket of black mangrove pneumatophores on the bayside. Unlike the red mangrove which has high arched prop roots, the black mangrove roots send up these vertical aerial roots to bring extra oxygen to the tree. I find them kind of exotic and they have a similar appeal for me as do cypress knees.
At the entrance of the Wild Bird Center a brown pelican took center stage on a large coralliferous rock looking handsome backlit by the morning sun.
This Ibis dropped in onto the shingle roof of one of the sheds, its blue eyes perfectly matching the bright background sky!
Already looking forward to spring-time exploration!!