The Blue Cypress Conservation Area is part of the 52,671-acre Upper St. Johns River Basin Project. Drained for agriculture in the early 1900s, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is trying to reestablish a semblance of extensive wetland habitats that defined the area prior to its disruption. The Conservation Area is home to many species of wildlife, including two islands newly adopted near the Stick Marsh boat launch as rookeries for Roseate Spoonbills and other wading birds. Stick Marsh Action in Two Parts showcase a selection of images taken during the weekend of 5 and 6 May 2018. The pictures have all been jumbled together but anything that looks like it has rainclouds in it would have been Saturday morning. This Osprey was part of the adventure but deserved his own post.
Distant Hawk seen from Fellsmere Grade Road.
Hawk overhead on a palm tree along the side of Fellsmere Grade Road. Taken from the car window.
Part of the boat launch area at the Stick Marsh. The two rookery islands can be seen at right dotted with white birds.
A closer view of the rookery islands, which have recently been awarded the status of Critical Wildlife Areas by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission along with newly erected warning signs to keep people out. The dark stick like object in the water at right is an Alligator.
Anhinga, A.K.A. Snakebird, swimming in Alligator infested waters.
A Limpkin stretching its wing and leg.
Two Alligators passing.
Roseate Spoonbills on one of the rookery islands. The juveniles are more whitish than the more pinkly defined adults. A Great Egret, a couple of Snowy Egrets, and Anhingas are also in the image.
Roseate Spoonbill carrying nesting material back to the rookery.
Roseate Spoonbill (juvenile)