Florida Space Coast 2013 – Part 4

On 1/28/2013 I was on a pelagic trip out of New Smyrna Beach, FL as part of the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival.  Unfortunately, I do not have any photos from that day since the forecast was for choppy waters and I figured my opportunities would be few.  As it turned out, the waters were not all that bad.  So I did miss what would have been a good shot at a bridled tern on a little buoy and numerous shot of northern gannets in flight.  But the distant fly-by razorbill and several red phalaropes were tough enough to get on just with binoculars, let alone a big camera lens.

On the 29th, I had to turn in my rental car and had a little over half a day from Titusville, FL.  Solution?  Short visits to both Merritt Island NWR and Viera Wetlands again.  At Merritt Island NWR on this day I happened across a pool that was a wading bird feeding frenzy.  And I shot freely with my camera.  What a great opportunity!

wading birds feeding frenzy - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

wading birds feeding frenzy – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

egrets spoonbills and storks - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

egrets spoonbills and storks – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

Roseate Spoonbill landing - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Roseate Spoonbill landing – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Roseate Spoonbill wings raised - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Roseate Spoonbill wings raised – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Roseate Spoonbill with raised wings showing orange tail - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Roseate Spoonbill with raised wings showing orange tail – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Roseate Spoonbills feeding - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Roseate Spoonbills feeding – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Snow Egret strike into water from the air - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Snowy Egret strike into water from the air – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Snowy Egret aggressively hunting - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Snowy Egret aggressively hunting – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Snowy Egret banking in for landing - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Snowy Egret banking in for landing – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Snowy Egret feeding splash down - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Snowy Egret feeding splash down – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Snowy Egret holding its feet forward out of water - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Snowy Egret holding its feet forward out of water – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Snowy Egret in flight showing of yellow feet - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Snowy Egret in flight showing of yellow feet – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Snowy Egret skimming water with feet - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Snowy Egret skimming water with feet – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Snowy Egret water dancing - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Snowy Egret water dancing – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Snowy Egret with fish - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Snowy Egret with fish – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Snowy Egret with raised head feathers - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Snowy Egret with raised head feathers – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

White Ibis landing - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

White Ibis landing – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Wood Stork head shot  - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Wood Stork head shot – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Green Heron sneaking past the car - Merritt Island NWR - near Titusville FL - 2013-01-29

Green Heron sneaking past the car – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

American Bittern in classic camo - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-29

American Bittern in classic camo – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Boat-tailed Grackle male - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-29

Boat-tailed Grackle male – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

Boat-tailed Grackle female - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-29

Boat-tailed Grackle female – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

 

little alligator - Viera Wetlands - Viera FL - 2013-01-29

little alligator – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller

2 thoughts on “Florida Space Coast 2013 – Part 4

  1. I so envy your opportunities, when you were at the feeding frenzy, were you able to stay the duration? I got to enjoy one at Holden Beach, NC in Sept ’12. My family was disgruntled because I was gone so long (no one cares to join me but the birds), but, when I’m out time doesn’t exist. I spent over an hour with a carolina wren near Brewster ,OH 1/12.

  2. My daughter and I had the pleasure of meeting you on the pelagic boat tour. It was a pleasure meeting you and talking birds!

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