Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Some sounds from Summerland Key

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

These excited calls are from a female as the male returned with a fish and settled beside her on the nest. The calls continued until the male retreated to a nearby tree in the mangroves. I noted the male returning each morning between 07:00 and 08:00 and the female would begin calling long before I could see him in flight. On one occasion when I guessed that a distant bird could be him, the female began calling. This shows what amazing eye sight these birds have: at this stage it would have been impossible for us to have guessed what species it was never mind that it was her returning mate.

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Mewing calls from a bird in thick vegetation at Katherine Street pond.

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

This bird was fishing in the freshwater pond at Katherine street and would call each time it returned from a dive or changed its fishing perch. It initially flew in from high overhead, uttering a long series of more excited versions of this call, but I didn't have the microphone set up at that stage.

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