More bird photos selected from four days helping the Audubon Advocate students on their first birding experience held at the West Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Red-winged Blackbird [female] (Agelaius phoeniceus) Red-winged Blackbird [male] (Agelaius phoeniceus) River Otter (Lontra canadensis) mom trying to move her pups. She would carry one a distance, leave it, than return for the other, while the pup she had moved previously would follow her back. It must have been very frustrating for her while showing how […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Anhinga, Boat-tailed Grackle, Florida, Glossy Ibis, Indian River County, Limpkin, Red-winged Blackbird, Ring-necked Duck, River Otter, West Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility
The Grackles flocking around the catwalks and surrounding machinery and pipes at the Wastewater Treatment Facility made for an interesting shot. Little did I realize until I got home and examined the photos that there was a Loggerhead Shrike sitting right there with the Grackles completely unseen by me though I was apparently looking right at the bird. Not too much of a stretch to see a Shrike there since the facility is encircled by large fields of well-manicured grass, […]
This Grackle trumpets his success at maneuvering around all the anti-bird devices strung around the perimeter to land amidst the bright retro-chic furniture in the outdoor dining area of the Rocket Garden Cafe at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Too bad it was too early in the morning for him to take advantage of any handouts since the place was deserted.
Too often one runs into Grackles in the parking lot of a shopping center hopping around on the hot pavement looking for something edible to fall its way. It does not seem like a very practical way of life but, alas, it is the way things are. In appearance the Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) is quite stunning when the Sun catches its feathers just right causing a brilliant blue and purple iridescence to shine forth. Note this Grackle’s inner eyelid, […]