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Listing of March sightings in "Diary" 
-----------------------------------------------------------Photos from Costa Rica in "Bonus Content" on left.
Birds of Florida
I spent several days recently photographing at two national wildlife refuges in Florida: Pelican NWR near Vero Beach and Merritt Island NWR adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center east of Orlando.

At Merritt, we came upon a small pond filled with feeding Roseate Spoonbills and White Ibis.

Spoonbills feed by opening their spatula-shaped bills and swaying them through bottom sediments. The stirred-up soup they create is filled with worms, insect larvae and other food items.

Anhingas do not have preen glands at the base of their tails. Other species rub these glands to obtain oil with which they coat their feathers to keep them waterproof. Because Anhingas dive for fish and can't dry out this way, they must periodically haul ashore and spread their wings to dry in sunlight.

If I showed you a photo of a Greater Yellowlegs next to this one of a Lesser Yellowlegs, you would notice the bill on this bird is shorter. These well-named shorebirds winter in Florida and nest in far northern Canada.

Although White Ibis often feed in shallow water, I have watched them hunt on sandy ground at low tide, using their long, curved bills to spear small crabs from burrows. 

Walking a trail that bisected a large mangrove swamp at Pelican NWR, we watched dozens of Mangrove Buckeye butterflies nectaring on flowers that bordered the path.

On the same path, numerous Eastern Pondhawk dragonflies, including this female, flew low to the ground, "hawking" insects to capture for food.

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