Antonio Rodríguez Sinovas's personal blog: November 2009

Work trip, held between November 14 and 19, 2009, in Orlando (Florida, USA). Although I did not have much time for tourism, if I could enjoy some birds, observed in the abundant gardens, ponds and lakes that are scattered everywhere. Surprising the abundance of ardeidas or aningas, that could even be seen walking the streets. On the last day I was able to make a small excursion through a nearby wooded area, which included a small marsh area with very dense vegetation and some canal, where I could enjoy the observation of several mammals and alligators.

Work trip performed between november 14 and 19, 2009, to Orlando (Florida, USA). Although I did not have much time for tourism, I could enjoy doing some birding in gardens, and in small ponds and lakes that appear elsewhere. It is sorprising the great abundance of egretts, herons and anhingas, that even can be seen walking though streets. In the last day I did a small hike in a wooded area, close to International Drive Blvd., also containing small marsh with dense vegetation, in which I could see some mammals and aligators.

The Orlando Plan

The photos I made with a compact digital camera, so I hope you'll excuse me if the quality is not everything you would have wanted.

I moved in four different areas. The first one was in Westwood Blvd., an street containing big gardens, and small ponds, with an small wooded area, where I could see, in addition to several passerines, anhingas, cormorants and great egrets. I was very happy with the area around the lake in Downtown Disney, where I could see egretts, herons, white ibises, limpkins, and also red-shouldered hawk, passerines, and Quiscalus species. The third area was on the north shore of Little Sand Lake and in the Spring Lake, containig egretts, white ibises, herons, and a brown pelican. Finally, east to the International Drive Blvd. there is a wooded area, which you can reach by several unpaved tracks. It is difficult to move there due to dense vegetation, but there is a parallel path to an electric line that you can follow. I could observe there, in addition to anhingas and herons, 3 northern racoons and white-tailed deers.

Pictures were taken with a compact digital camera.

Westwood Blvd

Westwood Blvd

Drive Blvd

Route near International Drive Blvd

Creole Duck / Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)

Pelican alcatraz / Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) (Anhinga anhinga)

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Anhinga anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

Anhinga anhinga

(Egretta alba)

Great Egret / Great egret (Egretta alba)

Little Blue Heron (Egretta (= Hydranassa) caerulea)

Little Blue Heron (Egretta (= Hydranassa) caerulea)

Black vulture (Coragyps atratus)

White vulture / White ibis (Eudocimus albus)

> Carrao / Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)

Carrao

Carrao / Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)

Gray squirrel / Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Alligator mississippiensis Alligator mississippiensis Alligator mississippiensis Alligator mississippiensis Alligator mississippiensis Alligator mississippiensis Alligator mississippiensis - Alligator mississippiensis Alligator mississippiensis - OBSERVED SPECIES:

MAMMALS / MAMMALS (3 species) -Ardilla gris (Sciurus carol inensis) -Mapache (Procyon lotor) - Virginia fowl (Odocoileus virginianus)

REPTILES (1 species)
- Alligator mississippiensis