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Old 08-14-2012, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Clearwater, FL.
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I'm just curious if anyone has seen any pink-colored roseate spoonbills in Orlando? I had seen a few when living in Jacksonville.

I'd also be curious as to what other "exotic" birds others have seen here. Personally, since I've been here in January I've been bald eagles, sandhill cranes, great white egrets, ospreys, and great and little blue herons. I've seen a few birds in the distance that I was unable to identify, much to my chagrin.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Groveland, FL
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You'll see a lot of ibises here as well. They always scurry around in little groups, and they seem more skittish than some of the others.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Finally, home sweet home Orlando
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Now wild parrots from the Homestead/Miami Zoo that escaped when Andrew hit..
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Clearwater, FL.
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Anyone ever seen a flamingo here? I swear that I once saw a small flock of them in Jacksonville flying over the Intercoastal Waterway once on my way to work several years ago.

I forgot - I see anhingas and brown pelicans on occasion, also.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:21 PM
 
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The coolest bird to see are the Sandhill Cranes. They're large and can get up to 4ft tall. Once I was in the Target parking lot and saw three of them together walking near my car. It felt like Jurassic Park.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Groveland, FL
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I LOVE sand hill cranes! When I first moved to Florida four years ago, I was totally fascinated by them since I had never seen them before in my life. As for flamingos, yes, one time I saw a huge flock of them in a large puddle of rainwater after a big rain. It was in Kissimmee off of Poinciana between 192 and 17-92 about two years ago. That was the one and only time that I've seen them outside of a zoo. That's one of the things I love about Florida, because I've never had the privilege of seeing so much wildlife in any other state I've lived in.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Clearwater, FL.
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I LOVE sand hill cranes! When I first moved to Florida four years ago, I was totally fascinated by them since I had never seen them before in my life.
The only bird larger than a sandhill crane you might see in Florida is a whooping crane, which stands five feet tall - a foot taller than a S.C. But they're quite rare and only occasionally seen in Florida. I happened to see some up close when I was a zookeeper, and they're very large birds. But that would sure complete my bird-list if I were to ever see one here. (Well.....maybe an ivory-billed woodpecker!)
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