December walk at Honeymoon Island – Skywatch Friday

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A common sight on the nature trail at Honeymoon Island.

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Some of the burnt trees have osprey nests in them. It’s not quite nesting season so they were all empty. All of the osprey were out catching breakfast.

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Another typical sight at Honeymoon Island.

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One of the many yellow rumped warblers. I’ve taken a ton of pictures of them in the last few weeks.

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I don’t see eastern towhees very often. This is my 2nd sighting of a towhee in Florida.

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Not sure what this was up so high. It’s probably a palm warbler.

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The red berries everywhere make the trails look like Christmas. This is a nasty invasive tree, a brazilian pepper tree. They spread like wildfire and take over native plants. Birds eat the berries and disperse them everywhere. It’s now illegal to sell, buy or move them. Many parks have pulled them out. They are pretty when the berries are in full bloom.

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This dog was having fun in the water.

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Ring billed gull guarding a shell.

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Another one in the water.

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Raccoon prints on the beach.

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It was another beautiful morning in Florida during December. It started out cloudy and cold but the sun came out after the first hour I was there and it got hot. I’m glad I brought my bottle of Off. The mosquitos were still there.  We need a week in the 40’s at night to make them fly south. Maybe January.

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10 Responses to December walk at Honeymoon Island – Skywatch Friday

  1. Debbie Richey says:

    What happened to the trees? Did they have a big fire or did they burn them on purpose?

  2. Margaret says:

    Hi Dina. lovely selection of birds you found on your walk. love your dog, all action. Great flight shot of the Pelicans.

  3. SichtBar says:

    Wonderful photos DIna, full of atmosphere.
    Happy New Year to you!

  4. Steffi says:

    Wonderful nature photos,Dina!Happy New Year 2014 to you & your family!

  5. Beautiful Dina — Envy the flight shots (well, and every picture, but I don’t have a remote chance of getting a good flight shot like that. I thought those berries were so wonderful the first year we were here, until I found out they were invasives…they still ARE pretty though. Happy New Year! We are getting some cooler weather here tomorrow so maybe….

  6. HansHB says:

    Lovely post!
    Happy New Year to you!

  7. Lorik says:

    Wonderful collection of pics! My favourties are the eastern towhee and the racoon prints.

  8. artmusedog says:

    Very beautiful shots for SWF ~ love your darling dog ~ xxx

  9. kenschneider says:

    Beautiful images. The stark beauty of the trees and the gull with a clam are particularly pleasing. Although we live in south Florida we seldom visit the coast.

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