This Willet (Tringa semipalmata) looks like it is about to inundated by an incoming wave but, through some quick moves on the Willet’s part, it escaped with nary a wet feather on the beach at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. After its narrow escape with the wave, the Willet took some much needed “me time” to preen its feathers. The Sanderlings (Calidris alba) seem to have adopted the Willets as their de facto leader as they took wing and […]
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Photos from the beach just south of Florida’s Sebastian Inlet State Park taken during Friday night’s sunset display a storm moving offshore to the northeast and some clear skies to the south before that view, too, got clouded over.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket put on a spectacular show when it finally launched at 4:00 a.m. after a problem with its first stage scrubbed the 1:25 a.m. launch attempt. The long wait had its downside with the occasional appearance of mosquitoes whenever the wind died down, but the Loggerhead Sea Turtle that came ashore to nest right down below on the beach where I had set up the camera on the dune crossover definitely made the night more interesting. […]
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Here are a few photos from a Sunday visit to the beach starting with sunrise through the sea oats just south of Sebastian Inlet State Park. Fresh tracks in the sand reveal overnight a Loggerhead Turtle came out of the ocean to build a nest up by the dunes and then went back into ocean. Researchers use stakes and orange tape to mark off a sampling of sea turtle nests on the beach at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Boaters […]
A brief late afternoon visit to the beach at Bob Bruce and Janice Broda’s house allowed for some quick captures of some passing birds. Naturally, the Pelicans flew by as I was putting the camera away so I missed them. And did I mention that these photos were taken in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, next door to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, on the 111th Anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System! Moments before this Cormorant had been […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, beach, birding, Cormorant, National Wildlife Refuge System, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Ring-billed Gull, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, USFWS, Willet