Florida

More than 35 years ago I made my first birding trip - to Florida.  I was living in Oregon and Florida was about as far away from Florida as I could get in the United States.  I had started to list birds (something I gave up a decade and a half ago) and Florida was a good place to run up the tally.  I have travelled through much of the state and have found only the southeastern metro area to be truly noxious.  Many fine birds and many good memories.

The Bird Videos - Canada and the United States page on www.bobbarnes.us has a complete index to these and other videos from this area as well as a listing of individual bird species videos.  This page also has an index to a Southeast (USA) Trip Report video which includes material taken in Florida - presented below. The video portfolio,  The Birds of the United States and Canada, contains bird species recorded in Florida.

A general topic photo gallery of photos I have taken in Florida is found on the www.bobbarnes.us website.  The Castillo de San Marcos, Florida, USA photo gallery has a number of images from that site.

The following video covers the bird species seen on a trip through the southeastern United States.

On my first birding trip to Florida I saw my first Anhinga.  My First Anhinga is the title of my post describing the event:

It is so long ago that the details are lost in time, it is early spring, it is the Everglades. The event is my first Anhinga.

I have ventured east to see some of those eastern North America species that we lack in the West. Where better to see a lot of new eastern species than the Everglades.  Wood Storks at Corkscrew, an Ovenbird on the trail a few moments ago, and now an Anhinga.

I have not been birding for that long -- in fact, I believe that I am birdwatching -- the term “birding” is unknown to me. I am just starting to list and a trip to Southern Florida promised a big count.

“That’s why they call it a snake-bird - it really is different from a Cormorant.” Fascination at one of those basic colored but oddly shaped birds. I stood by a small pond and watched one swim, and one dry its wings, for a long time. Long enough to soak up the impression (even if the details would fade over time).

This is why I have always enjoyed “independent birding”, I like to soak the bird up. It is one of the reasons I stopped counting species somewhere beyond 2,000. The list became less and less important and the impression more and more important.

The start of this process started here, by a small pond in the Everglades with an Anhinga. I would continue listing for years but gradually my love of photography, and later video, became a conduit to channel my desire to capture the impression and the detail.

Later I would head deeper into the Everglades to fight mosquitoes and add a few species to my list but I had begun to morph - I just didn’t know it.

The excitement of a new species or a different plumage of a species will never go away. I just want to hold onto it forever.

From a post entitled Memories of Mosquitoes

It is May in the Everglades, I’ve killed all of the mosquitoes in the tent, they are all over the netting -- outside. Motivate, got to go film, I don’t want to go out there.  Later, driving along looking for the photo op -- windows are up because of the hoards and the air conditioner is off because I am going slow and the engine is overheating, it is hot, sweat is running down my forehead. This is not a place I enjoy.  Or, I might except for the mosquitoes.



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