A Brown Pelican, the species which Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is named after, on a rainy day flight over the Indian River Lagoon near the eponymous island. From the OspreyWatch project
The fish gutting station at Sebastian Inlet State Park gets some late night avian visitors including a couple of Wood Storks and what looks like it might be a Brown Pelican seen partially behind one of the posts up on the table. The area is popular with birds looking for a handout from fishermen cleaning their catch. Since this image was taken a cage has been wrapped around the structure to enclose it and keep the wildlife away.
The mullet are running at Sebastian Inlet State Park, which means for non-fishermen like me this certain fish is swimming in big schools along the shore making for a movable feast for the Brown Pelicans. The jetty at Sebastian Inlet is crowded with fisherfolk hoping the little mullet will draw in bigger fish to prey on them and, possibly, get hooked. The mullet are readily visible moving just below the surface of the water – or flying out of it […]
Living in Florida eventually everyone ends up at the beach. The dogs really enjoy it but I am lacking the beach gene that causes people to want to go there all the time and hang out for hours. Here is a collection of photos without comment of a late afternoon Sunday walk on the beach with Bob Bruce, Janice Broda, and the dogs, Pepper & Sam.
Fish moving close to shore late in the afternoon caused a little feeding frenzy among a variety of birds as they scooped the fish up left and right. These photos were taken south of Sebastian Inlet State Park on the beach at Bob Bruce & Janice Broda’s house. Brown Pelicans, Terns, and Gulls were some of the birds enjoying the fish bounty. Brown Pelicans plunge diving after fish near the surface of the water. Royal Tern Sam enjoyed being on […]
A sampling of bird images from an afternoon visit to Sebastian Inlet State Park. Snowy Egret Great Blue Heron Cormorant Cormorant choking down a fish. Red-breasted Mergansers Red-breasted Mergansers Little Blue Heron Magnificent Frigatebird Ruddy Turnstones Ruddy Turnstone Brown Pelican
The numerous weather delays for Orbital ATK’s fourth commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station using a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station meant a lot of free time to photograph what was going on around nearby Port Canaveral as viewed from Exploration Tower. A view of Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral with the bad weather overhead that kept the mission on the ground for a few extra days. Launch days brings out […]
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Blustery conditions marked a Thanksgiving eve sunset walk on the beach with Bob Bruce, Janice Broda, and the dogs, Pepper and Sam. The sky was filled with Brown Pelicans who were having a terrible time flying against the strong wind. Northern Gannets (Morus bassanus) flying over the tempestuous ocean included a dark juvenile with two white adults with black-tipped wings. Storms often blow these pelagic birds closer to shore where the Gannets have little difficulty flying, unlike the Pelicans, against […]
A sunrise boat trip to Pelican Island afforded the chance to see a lot of Brown Pelicans. Located in the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Pelican Island is famous for being the first national wildlife refuge established in the United States back in 1903 under an Executive Order signed by President Theodore Roosevelt as a way to protect birds from the ongoing slaughter caused by the fashion industry’s voracious appetite for feathers for women’s hats. As ludicrous as the plume […]
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Photos from a sunset beach walk with Sam, Pepper, and Janice featuring a return visit to Blue Tile Roof House, now long past its prime, and to Trespass House, along with assorted birds and other oddities. Formation of Brown Pelicans. Pepper! A ubiquitous Sea Gull. Sam! – with Pepper in the background. Ruins of a beach house that does not know it is falling apart. Walking toward the end of the day. Pool art. One good Tern deserves another – […]