Manatees by the Saltmarsh

Manatee
Manatee.  You can see the scars from propellers. 

November 18, 2018

Regis and I went birding at the Saltmarsh yesterday and saw lots of birds.  We saw four different birds of prey:  Bald Eagle, Osprey, Red-tailed hawk, and Northern Harrier.  While standing on the dock at the intracoastal waterway (ICW), I looked across the ICW at the GTM Reserve to watch all the bird activity.  Regis called that a manatee had just surfaced.  It turned out to be four manatees cruising by the dock.  There was a baby in the group!  They were so close, I couldn’t get a picture with my long lens until they got further away.   I suppose they are migrating to warmer waters.  There were lots of boats headed south on the ICW also.  The manatees were hugging the shore and I hope they do that the whole way so they don’t get run over by those boats.

I took Regis birding with me at the same place I saw the leucistic Blue-gray Gnatcatcher last Monday and Regis found it again.  How cool is that??

Following are some favorite bird pictures from the last few bird hikes.

Limpkin
Limpkin
Marsh Wren
Marsh Wren
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Sedge Wren
Sedge Wren
Swamp Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mottled Duck
Mottled Duck
Muscovy Duck
Muscovy Duck
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Wood Stork
Wood Stork
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)

 

2 Comments on “Manatees by the Saltmarsh

  1. Your photos are fantastic – I really enjoy them. I think it’s really interesting (although probably just a weird coincidence) that the hawk was on a man-made perch (telephone/electric wire) and everything else is on/in natural material.

    • There were no tall trees in the wetland. The best views came from the power line and some tall trees along the edge. I think the power line had the best, unobstructed view while scouting for lunch.

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