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Monday, 22 July 2013

In search of the bird that got away

Written by Antoinette Marie
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        I love nature. I enjoy going on hikes or renting a canoe on a lazy weekend day and rowing into the sunset. I will even take a few hours out of my day and watch a movie about nature. Not nearly as exciting I know but inspiration comes in all ways. So, when I saw the movie “The Big Year” I was taken aback with my own desire to see if I could do the same. How many birds could I find in one year? And would I even know what I what type of bird I was looking at? Of course I don’t have the time to go searching for every bird I can spot, yet the idea intrigued me. 

       Through all my searching on the subject I came across a place that would appease even the most avid bird-watcher and of course yours truly. The place is called Lake Okeechobee. The lake resides in the south of Florida and is home to marine and inland birds. Given enough time there is a great possibility you could see as many as three hundred different species of birds. You’d have to camp here day and night and be ready with binoculars at all times but it is possible. The Bald Eagle has even been spotted here. 

       The lake has become so well-known among bird watchers there is now the Big Birding Festival held in March. You will be informed of the best places to see certain types of birds. And there are all kinds from woodpeckers, hawks, wood storks and ospreys. These are just a few of many different birds you’ll come across. 

       If searching for the ever elusive bird you’ve been trying to spy for years becomes frustrating you can take some time and go fishing or if you brought a boat take it out onto the water.  A wonderful resort is here to take full advantage of.  You can pull your RV onto one of their many lots or stay in a cabin.  You can fish right outside your door as everything is waterfront lots. In the evening make a fire by the campsite and roast smores. By early light you’ll be ready to pull out your camera with the extra wide lens and go off in search of the next bird that has eluded you until today. 


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