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

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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

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