We also visited the famous Florida Keys and took the 70 mile boat trip to the Dry Tortugas. This tiny island in the Gulf is the only place in the USA to reliably see Brown Noddy, Brown Booby, Sooty Tern and Magnificent Frigatebird. We connected with all of them in good numbers plus saw Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Brown Pelican.
The Tortugas experience for me was the ultimate in a stunning trip but the high standard of wetland reserves, boardwalks and information centres, giving crippling views of the herons and waterbirds was simply mind-blowing.
Below are some images of birds we saw: More images can be found on this link here
|Least Bittern, one of just two seen on the trip, making this the rarest "heron" (for us).|
|Brown Noddy, one of hundreds seen at Dry Tortugas.|
|Ovenbird seen at Key West Botanical Garden.|