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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Biscayne National Park

February 19th, 2011 · 1 Comment

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My wonderful vacation in Key West ended on Thursday. My outstanding travel agent, Kina Palmer, had set it up for me, including reserving my room in the charming 10-room Caribbean House where I stayed in old town Key West.

En route back to Miami I stopped at the Botanical Garden to learn the identity of the bird that I had called a Common Moorhen in an earlier post. My friend Sharon wrote me that she doubted it. Sharon was right; the bird was a Muscovy Duck, which is quite uncommon to the United States.

This stop at the Botanical Garden was the third one for me. I shot this turtle this time:

A Turtle at the Botanical Garden

A Turtle at the Botanical Garden

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A White Ibis at the Garden's Pond

A White Ibis at the Garden's Pond

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The other stop that I had to make was Biscayne National Park. While 95 percent of this park is under water, I had to see the five percent on land, because one of my specialities is visiting our national parks. Florida has three, and on this trip I will be seeing all three of them for the first time.
At Biscayne National Park a helpful ranger named Scott Kraynak, who I got to know, helped me identify this little bird:

A Least Sandpiper

A Least Sandpiper

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Out on the rocks beyond the Least Sandpiper were many different and larger birds, including this pair of Cormorants:

A Pair of Double-Crested Cormorants

A Pair of Double-Crested Cormorants

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When I arrived back in Miami, my Key West vacation ended and my photo safari began. Led by Russ Burden, a professional photographer who had spoken to the Colorado Nature Camera Club last year, this trip will be keeping me busy from before sunrise to after sunset. Consequently, my posts about it will have to wait.

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  • 1 Fran Stearns // Dec 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I gave your peregrine falcon a rising spring rainstorm at his (yes?) back-quite convincing. That turtle here will be fun to paint.

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