Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Twofer: Belted Kingfisher & Coot

A Belted Kingfisher watches from a partially submerged post while an America Coot feeds nearby. This tranquil scene was captured at Florida’s Joe Overstreet along the shore of Lake Kissimmee during my December visit.

I noticed my first robins over the weekend. A few appeared on Saturday and by Sunday they had arrived in droves. Sunday also marked my first Grackle sighting and where as there were a only a few Red-winged Blackbirds on the previous weekend by this Saturday they were present in good numbers.

Even without the calendar to mark the days until spring, the masses of migrating birds tell the story of the rapidly approaching season of new life.


7 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

New spring arrivals sound great.Send them up north,but not today as it is very cold and blustery.I like the picture.
Blessings,Ruth

Robert V. Sobczak said...

I always see them back and forth on my commute to work, between Naples and Ochopee, along the Tamiami Trail. I guess though that they will be moving north soon.

Lori said...

I love the peacefulness of this photo. I think I need to come and live with you and Mrs. Salty for awhile.

My job is in peril....anything available for a country girl in PA?!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I love watching them hover in the air before diving down to catch their food.

I always think that the people who knew the most about nature were the American Indains. They did not need clocks and calendars to tell them anything but could see it by looking at the signs in nature around them. What a fantastic way to live.

Kallen305 said...

Love the belted photo. I have been going to the river faithfully for the past 4 weeks to see if any of returned yet. I am determined to get a decent photo

Montanagirl said...

Nice photo. I think around here we'll be waiting a few more days for spring, as it was 27 degrees below this morning! Brrrrr.

fishing guy said...

Salty: That was a neat shot of the Kingfisher and Coot.