Often when I travel, I look first and ask questions later. This preserves an element of discovery and surprise. My first impression of Orlando Wetlands Park was that of a pre-historic landscape. I was soon absorbed by the scads of birds, like a kid in a candy store; at one point the Vermillion Flycatcher I had seen "advertised" at the entrance flew right by me! So, it was much later that I read the park brochure..
According to the brochure: "Orlando Wetlands Park represents the first large-scale man-made wetland designed to treat reclaimed water and provide wildlife habitat". From the plethora of birds-in-residence, it would seem that they have been..um..wildly successful. This is hopeful..as we may indeed be able to restore a semblance of the wild places we have destroyed.
|There were Black Vultures.|
|E-Gadwall.. a two headed duck!|
|A pair of Sandhill Cranes.|
|Heading to visit the vultures..|
|Who soon left the scene|
|Savannah Sparrows flitted in nearby brush.|
As I wandered, dusk approached..
Now what is this? A Limpkin I later learned, a life bird, very tame, and unconcerned with me..
|I have way too many pictures of this Limpkin|
|As I've mentioned: pre-historic landscape|
|Why did the Tricolor Heron cross the road?|
|A covey of Coots heads off one by one..|
|Dusk is in the wind|
|And on the wing..|
|Female Boat Tailed Grackle in the fading light|
|And her mate.. I'm blurry, but don't you love my blue hue?|
|An Anhinga roosts for the night|
|Sun is setting|
|Cormorants settle in, and the vultures too..|
|Good night Gracie..|
I come more and more to the conclusion, that wilderness, in America or anywhere else, is the only thing worth saving ~ Edward Abbey