Captured at the south end of Lovers Key State park, Ft. Myers beach ,Florida. In Florida, none were seen between 1927 and 1937. Overall, their numbers have been gradually rising since enactment of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which protected the species from hunting.Because they depend exclusively on coastal habitats, which are at risk from development and environmental degradation, they remain vulnerable.
Canon EOS 40D, f/5.6 @ 400 mm, 1/400, ISO 200, No Flash
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