Birds & Critters of Key West

Jungle-Iguana-20141030-_ALL7282Driving along the highway and bridges into the Florida Keys, we saw a mess of iguanas.  By the way, a ‘mess’ is the official name for a group of iguanas.  These are not native to Florida and were originally pets turned loose when they got too large and their biting personality became more apparent.  This iguana is fairly brown but some were St Patrick’s Day green.  When I parked and walked back to the ‘mess’ of iguanas, just seeing me from a distance would cause them to scatter, very skittish.  Loud trucks and cars passing nearby were not a concern as that goes on all day, but a tall gray-haired guy with a camera would send them running for the bushes.

 

Green-Iguana-20141030-_ALL7272Green Iguana in Key West, Florida.  Both of these lizards were well over two feet long.

White IbisWhite Ibis, great beak for fishing.

Great Blue HeronGreat Blue Heron

Great EgritThe neck of this White Heron is lumpy since he just swallowed a fish.

This group of birds are not unusual to see in Florida.  They are common along the walkways of the parks and beaches.  These three were all photographed on a short walk in Everglades National Park.  What were the chances that every lizard and bird photographed would all be looking to the left?

 

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