Florida Space Coast 2013 – part 2

Ha!  Right into part 2 with no delay.  I’m ready to roll after skimming through my 3,000+ photos for Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival.  In my previous post I had posted a bright red dragonfly I labeled “is this a very bright Roseate Skimmer” from Green Cay in Boynton Beach, FL.  Thanks to the expertise of Angel Abreu of Miami, FL, this dragonfly has been correctly identified as a Scarlet Skimmer.  Cool.  Thank you, Angel!

January 23, 2013 I was only scheduled for my opening keynote speach.  Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos, but the auditorium was packed and the audience was great.  During the day I got to relax with leisure birding at a fabulous little spot called Rich Grissom Viera Wetlands (or referred to by me as just Viera Wetlands in Viera, FL).

Blue-winged Teal pair - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

Blue-winged Teal pair – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

 

Carolina Satyr - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

Carolina Satyr – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

Great Egret next to alligator - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

Great Egret next to alligator – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

 

Great Southern White - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

Great Southern White – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

 

Gulf Fritilary - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

Gulf Fritilary – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

 

studying why the Limpkin crossed the road - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

studying why the Limpkin crossed the road – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

 

Limpkin head shot - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

Limpkin head shot – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

 

Hooded Merganser male - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

Hooded Merganser male – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

 

Long-tailed Skipper - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

Long-tailed Skipper – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

 

Palm Warbler on reed - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

Palm Warbler on reed – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

 

Pied-billed Grebe - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

Pied-billed Grebe – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

 

Queen butterfly - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

Queen butterfly – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

 

Red-banded Hairstreak - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

Red-banded Hairstreak – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

 

River Otter - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

River Otter – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

 

Yellow-bellied Cooter female laying eggs - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

Yellow-bellied Cooter female laying eggs – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

 

Zebra Heliconian - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-23

Zebra Heliconian – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller

On 1/24/2013, I was privileged to team up with the dynamic duo of Michael O’Brien and Louise Zemaitas.  Both of these folks are not only experts in the field, but they are genuinely good at sharing their knowledge with participants.  We had a really fun trip returning to Viera Wetlands.

American Bittern hunting - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-24

American Bittern hunting – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-24 photo by Greg Miller

American Bittern in camo mode - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-24

American Bittern in camo mode – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-24 photo by Greg Miller

 

American Bittern in flight - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-24

American Bittern in flight – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-24 photo by Greg Miller

 

Great Blue Heron - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-24

Great Blue Heron – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-24 photo by Greg Miller

 

Ring-necked Duck showing chestnut ring around neck - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-24

Ring-necked Duck showing chestnut ring around neck – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-24 photo by Greg Miller

 

Savannah Sparrow - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-24

Savannah Sparrow – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-24 photo by Greg Miller

 

Tree Swallow flock - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-24

Tree Swallow flock – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-24 photo by Greg Miller

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