Cory Callaghan

The Everglades

As you drive through the Everglades National Park, you see an endless amount of (sawbode) grass that seems to run on forever, with patches of trees scattered throughout the grass. If you look up in the sky you can see numerous birds. Some all black with white on their wings who have bald heads and others with a huge forked tail that soar through the air. Once you get to water habitat, you can see alligators with their powerful jaws lying next to the trail or large birds that strike in a blink of an eye to catch fish. Once you get to the end of the park you can see the ocean and can see the curve of the globe. With birds and reptiles throughout the park, there is always a reason to keep your eyes peeled and look around the next bend. It is great to see endless amounts of land without houses or malls on it. Thank goodness someone protected this land. I hope that more nature can be preserved like this.

Bird Reflection

Throughout my stay in Trinidad, I constantly wished that my head was as capable as an owl’s with one hundred and eight degrees of rotation. With beautiful sounds and flashes of color surrounding me, I was continuously rotating my body. At first, the amount of birds was overwhelming, but then I began to call out the identifying characteristics from one bird to the next so they could correctly identify them. The colors were plentiful and the sounds so unique that it was hard to keep up with them. The hummingbirds were numerous with a total of eight species for the trip, eight times the amount of hummingbirds that live on the east coast of North America. When we first went to the ASA Wright Nature Center, it did not disappoint. It quickly provided ten species of eye striking birds. The guides from the Center were some of the most impressive birders I have ever met. They took us to many new species of birds. Birds that had beards, long tails, golden heads, white beards, and even a toucan with an amazing large bill. I even got to see a bird that nests in eves during the day and then hunts for fruit in the dark by using echo0location (the same as a bat). This is the only nighttime, fruit-eating bird. We also sent deep into a swamp by boat to watch the scarlet ibis come into their roost. They had such a brilliant red that it appeared to be fake. It was an experience that left an impression on me that will not be forgotten. With colors that you will never see in a crayon box, and movements that could never properly be mimicked, it truly was an awesome experience.

 

 

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