Ugh ... it's been raining since Saturday, we really did need it but OK-enough already! All this rain has resulted in several not so great photo days.
I drove out to a new nature preserve near my house after dinner, I guess I was hoping it might stop raining long enough for me to take a photo of something ... anything! When I got there the gates were locked, sign said sunrise to sundown they must have closed early because of all of the rain.
I ended up driving to the near by South Entrance of Loxchatchee Wildlife Preserve, it's a long drive down a swampy road but I just felt like being out doors. By the time I got to the end it was nearly dark, I stopped my car when I saw what looked like hundreds of Turkey Buzzards beginning to roost on this tower.
It was a pretty interesting sight but when I got out of the car to take a quick photo, I was absolutely amazed at the sound of all of those giant wings flying. It was kind of like Hitchcocks "The Birds" only they were bigger, they can get up to 30 inches tall with a wing span of up to 6 ft. That's pretty big!
I guess these guys are not what you would call trendy creatures, but they do serve a purpose, cleaning up all of that dead stuff and all. I have heard it said that in Huckley Ohio, they hold a celebration to welcome the big birds home each spring. Hmmm ... I guess some people think they are pretty cool after all.
Oh, by the way ... to get out of the car in the Florida Swamps during a rainy season is like being in a "Deep Woods Off" commercial. You know the ones where the guy's arm turns black with all of the mosquitos covering it. Yikes!
All of the photos I shot of the buzzards with decent light came out blurry, this one was really dark so I lightened it with photo editor and I'm not to happy with it. Maybe I will make it a projectto try to get some better shots of these guys while they are here. Wish my camera had a stronger lens.
Anybody got a good mosquito defense, besides "stay indoors"?
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