Pied-billed Grebe Diving

It is hard to believe just a week ago I was delayed multiple times in the Atlanta airport on my way north to meet the Polar Vortex.  I am still going through the 8,000+ photos I took at the end of January in wonderfully warm Florida.  Sigh.  But the photos get interrupted by shoveling snow…and going to work.  This bird was photographed during Wildside Nature Tours Florida Birds Photo Workshop.  In the mean time, here is another animated GIF file–a series of six photos of a diving Pied-billed Grebe that I found quite interesting.  Check out how the bird seems to sink slightly before diving.  And watch its back feet kick water upward to get some force downward on its dive.  Very cool!

Pied-billed Grebe diving - Viera Wetlands - Melbourne FL - 2014-01-27

Pied-billed Grebe diving – Viera Wetlands – Melbourne FL – 2014-01-27 photos by Greg Miller

Great Blue Heron Eating Fish

Yes.  It has been forever since my last post.  I just returned from a 10-day trip to Florida for the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival and a Florida Birds Photo Workshop with Wildside Nature Tours.  I am going through my 8,000+ photos while occasionally glancing up at possibly the most boring of Super Bowl games ever.  Even the commercial are mediocre.  Well.  Here is something new.  I will try inserting an animated picture here.  It is not a video.  And I am sure it will not work in the email form of this blog (sorry).  I will have plenty to post in the coming days.

Great Blue Heron eating large fish - Viera Wetlands FL - 2014-01-28

Great Blue Heron eating large fish – Viera Wetlands FL – 2014-01-28 photos by Greg Miller

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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