USA 2019 - Birds

Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)



As indicated on the front page, this trip was not particular good for birding in terms of the number of species seen. I still managed to find some of the species I wanted to see and photograph. These species included the Swallow-tailed Kite, the Mississippi Kite, the Black Skimmer, and the Roseate Spoonbill. Missed species I was on a look-out for were the Snail Kite, the White-tailed Kite, and numerous waterfowl. Here I show some images of birds I encountered.


The Swallow-tailed Kite, one of he Florida specialties I was on a lookout for, turned out to be quite common


In Everglades I saw this species hunt for fish, just like an Osprey or a Sea Eagle

From a distance, the Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis), Savannah National Wildlife Refuge


The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) was also very common


Here an Osprey with "Catch-of-the-day". Notice how it reduces aerodynamic drag by positioning the fish!


Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus). A very common raptor in Florida

Red-shouldered Hawk


An immature Red-shouldered Hawk

Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway), Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park area


Crested Caracara - immature

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia), Cape Coral, Florida


Burrowing Owl

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)


Turkey Vulture

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) at a roadkill (looks like a hare) in the morning


Black Vulture

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)


Double-crested Cormorant

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)


Anhinga, the snake bird

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) and Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)



Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) nesting colony


Wood Stork

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)


Sandhill Crane

Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge


Roseate Spoonbill

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)


White Ibis with a Roseate Spoonbill

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)


Glossy Ibis

Great Egret (Ardea alba)


Great Egret

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)


Great Blue Heron

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)


Reddish Egret fishing technique (same as the Black Heron in Africa)

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)


Green Heron

Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)


Tricolored Heron

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)


Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) in breeding plumage


Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis), Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. It was really tiny!

Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)


Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)


Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)


Encountered several Limpkin on the trip. More common than I thought

Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)


Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula)


Red-breasted Merganser / Siland (Mergus serrator)

"Birders" (Homo birdicus)


American Coot (Fulica americana)

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)


Common Gallinule

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus)


Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)


Laughing Gull

Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)


Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)


Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)


Black Skimmer skimming

Sanderling (Calidris alba)


Willet (Tringa semipalmata)

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)


Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) with chick

Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)


Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)


Loggerhead Shrike

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)


Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)


Must be a Northern Mockingbird, but unusual coloration


Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)


Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)

Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)


Common Nighthawk

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)


Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) with fledging

Male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)


Red-winged Blackbird - female

Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)


Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Fish Crow


Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)


Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)