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 photo by Greg Miller
egrets spoonbills and storks – Merritt Island NWR – near Titusville FL – 2013-01-29 photo by Greg Miller
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 photo by Greg Miller
Carolina Satyr – Viera Wetlands – Viera FL – 2013-01-23 photo by Greg Miller