Photographed on February 8, 2018
I started the morning on this beautiful Florida day visiting Vero Wetlands, the much less popular but in my opinion better water management area in central Florida. The sunrise was absolutely incredible as the sun glowed through the low hanging fog over the main lake. I was able to create some wonderfully scenic silhouettes of a few waterfowl and a Great Blue Heron. As I moved along I came upon a very cooperative Green Heron and the always cooperative Sandhill Cranes as well as a few other commonly found species. The light was ideal and it was a perfect way to start the morning. I ended the day at Kissimmee Prairie State Park in search of Crested Caracara which I'd seen but never gotten great photos of. I ended up photographing one of the most cooperative Red-shouldered Hawks ever and I really enjoyed my time with this beautiful raptor. On my way out I did find a Crested Caracara but only got one mediocre portrait as it perched on a post. I ended the day with an incredible sunset over the open prairie habitat and found a Loggerhead Shrike classically perched on barbed wire. It was an amazing day of Florida bird and wildlife and already makes me look forward to getting back down there next winter.