201508.30
Aviary Update: Roseate Spoonbill

Aviary Update: Roseate Spoonbill

The uniquely billed, Roseate Spoonbill is on many a Florida Birder’s Life List and is one of the most popular galleries in the Telephoto Florida Aviary. Although widespread throughout Florida, the spoonbill is not a commonly seen bird and one has to make an effort to find them where they live and roost. Spoonbill can be…

201503.14
Northern Cardinals added to Aviary

Northern Cardinals added to Aviary

The Northern Cardinal may be one of the most recognizable birds in North America. The male with his bright red feathers, crested head, short cone-shaped bill reddish bill and black mask can be heard singing proudly from high in the tree tops – “Cue-cue-cue.” “Cheer-cheer-cheer.” The females have the same black face and red-orange bill…

201503.06
Boat-tailed Grackle added to the Aviary

Boat-tailed Grackle added to the Aviary

The Boat-tailed Grackle is one of only about a dozen bird species that are endemic to the United States (i.e., found nowhere else in the world). These loud, often obnoxious, blackbirds are found along the salt water coast and inland in Florida. You can’t miss their long keel-shaped tail, their helicopter sounding wing beat or their iridescent black plumage,…

201502.06
Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Although becoming increasingly rare to see, the red-shouldered hawk seems to be thriving in Florida.  Telephoto Florida even has a pair nesting in the giant oak tree at the Lakeland headquarters. This raptor, bird of prey eats small mammals, reptiles, and birds. We have seen them with squirrels, snakes and doves. The male is smaller than the female…

201412.07
Limpkin added to the Aviary

Limpkin added to the Aviary

The Limpkin is truly a Florida bird. Although found in the tropics, the Limpkin’s North American habitat range is strictly Florida. Limpkin’s favorite food is large apple snails and mollusks it finds by foraging shallow waters. It will also sometime eat insects, crustaceans, worms, frogs, lizards. The Limpkin’s bill is uniquely adapted to foraging on…