Roseate Spoonbills at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge protect themselves from a cold wind in the lee of the mangroves in this mosquito impoundment. These Spoonbills and White Ibis brace against the brisk wind blowing across the mosquito impoundment far from any shelter. Note the unconventional seagull taking the full force of the wind on its side.
A combination of the weather and a rich foraging environment in a mosquito impoundment led to the discovery of this large flock of birds at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. A cold front moving through the area brought a brisk, chill wind gusting from the north that the birds found protection from by hugging the northern shoreline for the windbreak the mangroves provided. Besides the wind and cold temperature, the birds — and photographer — had to contend with a […]
The late night visit of the Christmas Dragonfly usually goes unnoticed. Probably because it does not bring gifts for anyone nor have any other particular agenda, which makes it not as popular as Santa Claus.
Over the years the newspapers have reported this nativity becoming a frequent target of merry pranksters who would mischievously replace the baby in the manger with a whole host of other objects that many would deem not in keeping with the sanctity of the season. Recently I stopped by to photograph this scene and there was no manger or baby of any denomination present. Perhaps over the years the religious staff have grown tired of finding liquor bottles and beer […]
Let us not forget the insects this holiday season! Especially the hard working pollinators, who we should all be grateful for. As seen at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) the day before Christmas Eve.