The last time we were at Blackpoint Wildlife drive was back in May (http://edrosack.com/2009/05/16/birds-scarce-at-black-point-wildlife-drive-water-levels-down/) when water levels were down and there were very few birds anywhere around.
Yesterday, we made a return trip to see what the place is like after three months of almost daily rain in the Central Florida area.
We arrived right at sunrise, which was very pretty.
Water levels are much improved: areas that were dry in May are once again filled. However, we were disappointed by how few birds there were in the area. My theory on this (which I didn’t come up with until the drive home) is that the severe drought in the area happened during nesting season and forced birds to build nests in other locations. The nesting season lasts for several months and is just now ending, so it was premature for us to expect to see many birds back at Blackpoint until chicks have fledged.
I did manage to get nice photos of a green heron:
And a Black-crowned night-heron:
There were also some unusual flowers (1/14/2010 update – I think this is a “Spotted Bee Balm”):
And some very large (about 2 – 3 inches), horror show type spiders. How would you like to walk through this web in the dark?
So, even without a large bird population it was still a nice trip with plenty to interest the Photography Interest Group. And… there’s always Cracker Barrel on the way home!