Monday, May 14, 2018

South Florida with High Lonesome Bird Tours

Celebrated Judy’s birthday with a trip to South Florida. She hoped to pick up at least 21 “life” birds for her American Birding Association list. Her expectation was exceeded thanks to our magnificent tour leaders Stephan Lorenz and Claudia Cavazos.

South Florida specialties on our target list.

Snail Kite

Shiny Cowbird

Mangrove Cuckoo

Gray Kingbird

White-crowned Pigeon

Short-tailed Hawk

Florida Scrub-Jay

"Countable exotics" in the greater Miami area.  

Red-whiskered Bulbul

Spot-breasted Oriole

White-winged Parakeets

Gray-headed Swamphen

Egyptian Goose

Nanday Parakeets

And more...

Least Bittern

Wood Storke


Brown-headed Nuthatch

Bachman's Sparrow

American Redstart

Bald Eagle

Black Vultures


White Ibis 

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron


Red-shouldered Hawk

Crested Caracara

Red-cockaded Woodpeckers


Black-bellied Plover 

Bridled Terns

Black Noddy (center) and Brown Noddies

Brown Boobies

American Flamingo

Judy (left) and Claudia (second on right)

Recorded 180 species

Camera Note. Olympus OMD EM1 Mk 2 with M.Zuiko 300 mm f/4.0 (plus 1/4 TC)
and iPhone 6s. Last photo courtesy of Claudia and her iPhone SE.


  1. Great shots as always, Dan. So glad you got to see the snail kite. One of my favorite Everglades birs.

  2. Ah..that would be BIRDS! :-)

  3. Thanks for sharing Dan. Great job!

  4. Magnificent Dan and Judy! Wonderful pictures and I am amazed at the variety of birds as well.

  5. Your photos are incredible! We traveled with Stephan and Claudia to TX Gulf and Hill country right before your trip and had an amazing time. Jealous of that snail kite! Thanks for sharing.
    Rob and Carol Blye, Lewes, DE

    1. Thanks for your comment...Was quite a delight watching the Snail Kite. Traveled to Barrow and Dutch Harbor with Stephan in 2017; wonderful outings.

  6. Fantastic! Bird heaven and great shots. I am also so impressed the you know all their names.