Last week, I gave you a lighthearted (sorta) look at what living with alligators sometimes entails. This week, I’m going to give you a quick(ish) overview of the kinds of things you can expect on #WildlifeWednesday. Hope you see some birds and critters you’d enjoy learning more about.
The following images are the opening slides from my local wildlife presentations. I thought that would give you a good idea of some of the subjects I’ve talked about, and already have lots of info and pictures for.
Let’s start with some of Florida’s gorgeous and interesting birds. They are always a popular subject among folks who enjoy nature, and I’ve amassed quite a lot of information on some of the most beautiful and fascinating ones. I usually divide my 90- minute talks into specific varieties of birds. And while I’ve done a lot of them, there are SO many more I haven’t gotten to yet, I could do these talks for a long time to come.
I will definitely be sharing some photos and information on some of our many wading birds that call Central Florida home. Here are some examples of what you can expect. Everybody loves our herons and egrets, partly because they are big birds and easy to spot, even without binoculars. They are also pretty common, for the most part, though some prefer fresh water habitats and some salt. The bird pictured below is a snowy egret, one of the smaller waders, and is easy to identify because of its black legs that contrast vividly with those bright yellow feet. Known as “the bird with the golden slippers,” this one is a frequent visitor to both fresh and salt water habitats. When I talk to you more about this bird, I’ll include information on our other herons and egrets, too.
I also want to share some information on two of our larger waders, sandhill cranes, and wood storks. Wood storks are the only true storks in North America, and sandhill cranes are widespread throughout other parts of the country, though there are several subspecies of them. More detail will be forthcoming in future posts, including how to tell which birds are which.
Of course, not everyone is interested in hiking around the state birdwatching, but most folks do enjoy seeing birds in their own backyards. I’ve done several programs on backyard bird identification and other interesting tidbits, on both commonly seen species and those more rare to spot at your feeder or birdbath. Here are some examples.
#WildlifeWednesday won’t always deal with birds, though. Nope. Furry critters are just as interesting and entertaining, so there will be posts on lots of those, as well, including, but not limited to the following. (And before you ask, yes, armadillos DO have fur. It’s just carefully hidden.) 😀
So, this should give you some ideas about the types of things I’ll be featuring on my new #WildlifeWednesday series. Hope it sounds like there will be things you’ll enjoy learning more about. (And I didn’t include our reptiles today, because I just teased you with alligators last week, but there WILL be posts on those, as well.)
I’ll end today with one more bird slide which I saved for last just because who can look at owls and not admire their beauty? Not me, anyway!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little overview of the kinds of birds and animals I’ll be sharing with you in the weeks ahead. You might be amazed at some of the information and photos I’ve put together over the last few years, so be sure to mark your calendars for #WildlifeWednesdays. It’s gonna be fun, I promise! 🙂