Green Cay Wetlands in Boynton Beach-Meet Some of My Friends

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As some of you may know, I'm at Green Cay Wetlands walking almost every morning.  It is how I love to begin my day.  Each season brings with it the return of certain birds while others go on their "vacation from us" flying to the north or south. 

Spring is a favorite time of year for most of us because it's time for nesting and little babies.  Whenever you see a crowd of walkers and photographers... they're usually watching some kind of bird or critter behavior.                                                                                       

AnhingaThis is the ANHINGA!  It loves to fool visitors by swimming in the water and with its long sleek neck, making us think he's a snake!  Even if you're a regular there, you always look twice when you see something rippling in the water.  Unlike other water birds, the Anhinga lacks oil glands to water proof its wings, so it will find a "perch" and spread its wings so thay can dry.

They use that long beak of theirs to go "spear fishing" and I have seen them be a little too "eager" with their beak and then  have to try to maneuver their catch off of their beak.

 

As I mentioned, spring means babies and walkers and photographers love to look for nests.   It's very much like an easter egg hunt.  But if you do happen upon the nests,  be careful not to stay too long.  If mom or dad are trying to feed the young, they'll stay away to try to redirect you to protect the babies.

 

MoorhenThis momma Moorhen is tucked away... protecting her eggs from raccoons, alligators and other birds.  If you're not looking carefully, it's really easy to miss them.  We actually watched this one try out various homes before choosing this one.  I have a feeling it had been Staged just to suit her!    

These aren't hers but this Momma Moorhen left the nest just long enough so we could get a photo of the wee ones.    

And, unfortunately when we returned 2 days later the eggs were gone. 

 

 

 

 

Moorhen eggs

Hope to see you at Green Cay!

12800 Hagen Ranch Road

Boynton Beach, Fl

 

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Kristine Ginsberg
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The Green Cay Wetlands looks like a beautiful place to start your day - such beautiful nature all around you! You've become quite the photographer Kathy, love your photos and the way you frame them.

May 22, 2011 02:13 AM #1
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Roger D. Mucci
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Lets shake things up at your home today!

BARFF you have some wonderfully interesting friends...........happy and proud to be your BARFF.  Great photographer too, you even made ME look good!

May 22, 2011 02:26 AM #2
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Mimi Foster
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totally agree with Kristine . . . your photos are beautiful and your presentation is enhancing . . . but that's what you DO in other areas of your life, too, right?  Beautiful place, my friend.

May 22, 2011 03:21 AM #3
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Hi Kathy,

What a great post. I never knew about this bird. I hope you consider joining the Birds Group for others to see and learn. I appreciate learning about this beautiful bird and your photograph and written content is superb!

I always enjoy hearing what you have to say and teach. I have so much to learn from you.

Patricia

May 22, 2011 03:47 AM #4
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Sally Weatherley
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Kathy - And just when I thought I knew all the bird varieties in Florida, thanks to you, I get introduced to some new ones!  Love the Anhinga.  I bet that neck really does look like an eel or a snake when the bird is swimming - would love to see that. 

May 22, 2011 05:08 AM #5
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
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Kathy, you are so lucky to have the area to walk in. Love the pictures. Our bird houses are full of baby birds again this year.

May 22, 2011 05:58 AM #6
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Lou Ludwig
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Kathy

It sounds like a great way to start the day.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 22, 2011 06:25 AM #7
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Kathy Streib
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Kristine- coming from you that's quite a compliment!  Missed it today.. walked along the beach instead.

BARFF- can't take the credit... the subject shined through!

Mimi- many thanks.  If you're ever back on the east coast... stop on by.

Patricia- I don't think I knew of a Birds Group but am definitely checking it out.  Your words are too kind! 

Sally- as many times as I've seen this bird, it still manages to fool me when I see it in the water.  I wish I could catch a shot of several of them in a tree... all with their wings out to dry.

Janice- my husband and I were just discussing how fortunate we were this morning on our walk.  I love my hometown of Houston but love being able to walk outside 365 days of the year.

Lou- haven't seen you out there... yet!!!

 

 

 

May 22, 2011 08:20 AM #8
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Kathy Streib
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David- every day is a new day out there!  Oh, btw, I tried video taping while I rode my bike yesterday... not a pretty picture!

May 22, 2011 12:07 PM #10
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My 40th High School reunion is this summer in St. Pete.  I keep thinking about coming down, but not sure I could leave my mom for that long.  We'll see.  Sure would be fun!

May 23, 2011 04:15 AM #11
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Mimi- oh hope you can!! Just think what kind of trouble we could get into.  Oh... would have to make them "Members Only" posts!

David- OK... so come on in!!

May 23, 2011 09:06 AM #13
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What happens in Boca stays in Boca?

May 23, 2011 11:58 AM #14
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Mimi- absolutely!!

May 23, 2011 01:08 PM #15
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Debbie Walsh
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Never heard of that bird before.  Neat pictures.

Jun 19, 2011 07:10 AM #16
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Hi Debra- you can see them with their wings out drying in the sun.  They'll fool you if you see them in the water because at first you think it's a snake.

Jun 19, 2011 09:39 AM #17
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