Florida Space Coast 2013 – Part 3

On Friday, 1/25/2013, I visited Lake Woodruff NWR before joining Michael Brother, Bob Wallace, and Cameron Cox for the fantastic gull fly-in at Daytona Beach Shores where as many as 50,000 gulls stage before going back out beyond the breakers to spend the night on the water.  We had distant views of a razorbill and looks at both parasitic and pomarine jaegers from shore.  A number of lesser black-backed gulls were among the most numerous gull species–Laughing, Ring-billed, Herring, and Great Black-backed.  Earlier in the day I explored Lake Woodruff NWR near DeLeon Springs, FL.  It was my first ever visit.

Cloudless Sulphur - Lake Woodruff NWR - near DeLeon Springs FL - 2013-01-25

Cloudless Sulphur – Lake Woodruff NWR – near DeLeon Springs FL – 2013-01-25 photo by Greg Miller

 

Eastern Pond Hawk - Lake Woodruff NWR - near DeLeon Springs FL - 2013-01-25

Eastern Pond Hawk – Lake Woodruff NWR – near DeLeon Springs FL – 2013-01-25 photo by Greg Miller

Long-tailed Skipper - Lake Woodruff NWR - near DeLeon Springs FL - 2013-01-25

Long-tailed Skipper – Lake Woodruff NWR – near DeLeon Springs FL – 2013-01-25 photo by Greg Miller

 

probable Long-tailed Skipper with no tails and pinkish edges on wings - Lake Woodruff NWR - near DeLeon Springs FL - 2013-01-25

probable Long-tailed Skipper with no tails and pinkish edges on wings – Lake Woodruff NWR – near DeLeon Springs FL – 2013-01-25 photo by Greg Miller

On Saturday, 1/26/2013, I joined leaders Andy Wraithmell and Jason Guerard on trips to both Lake Woodruff WMA and Buck Lake Conservation Area.  We had a full busload of eager birders and we had a great day out exploring.  Our best bird of the day was a Le Conte’s Sparrow.  Unfortunately, in working hard to get everyone on the bird, I failed to get a good opportunity for photographs.  Everyone in our group got to see the bird.  That is amazing in itself.  Here are some of the other highlights.

fan palm (maybe) - Lake Woodruff NWR - near DeLeon Springs FL - 2013-01-26

fan palm (maybe) – Lake Woodruff NWR – near DeLeon Springs FL – 2013-01-26 photo by Greg Miller

 

Florida Scrub-Jay imitating Angry Birds game - Buck Lake Conservation Area - NW of Titusville FL - 2013-01-26

Florida Scrub-Jay imitating Angry Birds game – Buck Lake Conservation Area – NW of Titusville FL – 2013-01-26 photo by Greg Miller

 

Golden Silk Orbweaver - Lake Woodruff NWR - near DeLeon Springs FL - 2013-01-26

Golden Silk Orbweaver – Lake Woodruff NWR – near DeLeon Springs FL – 2013-01-26 photo by Greg Miller

 

Swamp Sparrow from behind - Lake Woodruff - near DeLeon Springs FL - 2013-01-26

Swamp Sparrow from behind – Lake Woodruff – near DeLeon Springs FL – 2013-01-26 photo by Greg Miller

 

Sedge Wren - Lake Woodruff NWR - near DeLeon Springs FL - 2013-01-26

Sedge Wren – Lake Woodruff NWR – near DeLeon Springs FL – 2013-01-26 photo by Greg Miller

On Sunday, 1/27/2013, I joined up with the Central Florida Specialties trip with leaders Wes Biggs, Dave Goodwin, and Elsa Alvear.  It was a sold out trip and I rode with the photograph in a car trailing the bus full of birders.  We spent a good deal of time in the morning hours at or near Three Lakes WMA south of St. Cloud, FL.

early morning ground fog - Three Lakes WMA - near St Cloud FL - 2013-01-27

early morning ground fog – Three Lakes WMA – near St Cloud FL – 2013-01-27 photo by Greg Miller

 

golden sunlight through morning fog - Three Lakes WMA - near St Cloud FL - 2013-01-27

golden sunlight through morning fog – Three Lakes WMA – near St Cloud FL – 2013-01-27 photo by Greg Miller

 

grass laden with dew - Three Lakes WMA - near St Cloud FL - 2013-01-27

grass laden with dew – Three Lakes WMA – near St Cloud FL – 2013-01-27 photo by Greg Miller

 

dew drops on every needle of long leaf pine - Three Lake WMA - near St Cloud FL - 2013-01-27

dew drops on every needle of long leaf pine – Three Lake WMA – near St Cloud FL – 2013-01-27 photo by Greg Miller

 

Whooping Crane - near St Cloud FL - 2013-01-27

Whooping Crane – near St Cloud FL – 2013-01-27 photo by Greg Miller

 

Red-shouldered Hawk 1st yr Florida race showing white wing crescents - Joe Overstreet Rd - near St Cloud FL - 2013-01-27

Red-shouldered Hawk 1st yr Florida race showing white wing crescents – Joe Overstreet Rd – near St Cloud FL – 2013-01-27 photo by Greg Miller

 

Red-shouldered Hawk adult pale Florida race - Joe Overstreet Rd - near St Cloud FL - 2013-01-27

Red-shouldered Hawk adult pale Florida race – Joe Overstreet Rd – near St Cloud FL – 2013-01-27 photo by Greg Miller

 

Eastern Meadowlark from behind - Joe Overstreet Rd - near St Cloud FL - 2013-01-27

Eastern Meadowlark from behind – Joe Overstreet Rd – near St Cloud FL – 2013-01-27 photo by Greg Miller

 

Long-billed Curlew - Joe Overstreet Marina - near St Cloud FL - 2013-01-27

Long-billed Curlew – Joe Overstreet Marina – near St Cloud FL – 2013-01-27 photo by Greg Miller

 

Snail Kite - Three Lakes WMA - near St Cloud FL - 2013-01-27

Snail Kite – Three Lakes WMA – near St Cloud FL – 2013-01-27 photo by Greg Miller

 

Bald Eagle adult in flight - Three Lakes WMA - near St Cloud FL - 2013-01-27

Bald Eagle adult in flight – Three Lakes WMA – near St Cloud FL – 2013-01-27 photo by Greg Miller

 

Crested Caracara - north of St Cloud FL - 2013-01-27

Crested Caracara – north of St Cloud FL – 2013-01-27 photo by Greg Miller

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks - residential lake - Titusville FL - 2013-01-27

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks – residential lake – Titusville FL – 2013-01-27 photo by Greg Miller

 

 

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