Another leftover image from last weekend’s visit to the Stick Marsh. As the blue sky covered over with clouds ahead of the impending rain this Black Vulture came swooping by on a very close approach. For more, see Stick Marsh Action in Two Parts – Part One and Part Two.
A leftover image from last weekend’s visit to the Stick Marsh sees this Roseate Spoonbill flying over an Alligator in the water. For more, see Stick Marsh Action in Two Parts – Part One and Part Two.
Continuing now with Part 2 of Stick Marsh Action in Two Parts. Great Egret against dark storm clouds. Head on view of a Roseate Spoonbill. Roseate Spoonbill Roseate Spoonbill Great Blue Heron walking dangerously close to an Alligator. Anhinga Snowy Egrets Roseate Spoonbill Roseate Spoonbill Great Egret Adult Roseate Spoonbill with a juvenile begging for food. Cattle Egret Great Egret Alligator Great Egret Great Egret Needless to say, the Alligators are attracted to the rookery islands on the off chance […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, Anhinga, Anhinga anhinga, Aramus guarauna, Ardea alba, Ardea herodias, Blue Cypress Conservation Area, Bubulcus ibis, Cattle Egret, Egretta thula, Fellsmere, Fellsmere Grade Road, Great Blue Heron, Limpkin, Platalea ajaja, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, St. Johns River, Stick Marsh
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 […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, Anhinga, Anhinga anhinga, Aramus guarauna, Ardea alba, Blue Cypress Conservation Area, Egretta thula, Fellsmere, Fellsmere Grade Road, Limpkin, Platalea ajaja, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, St. Johns River, Stick Marsh
A chance encounter with an Osprey eating a fish along a lonely stretch of Fellsmere Grade Road seemed to be the perfect setup for a photo opportunity. I pulled off the side of the road with the intention of using the car as a blind. The Fish Hawk seemed relaxed to my presence so I settled in to shoot out the driver’s side window. Alas, barreling down the dirt road came a pickup truck, startling the Osprey into flight and […]
Water Tower | Fellsmere | Florida Dominating the center of historic Fellsmere along with the Fellsmere Public School building is the water tower with “Welcome to Fellsmere” written in big letters pointed toward the main road into town. Water towers of this design used to be iconic landmarks in towns across Florida. Newer tower designs, and water systems that don’t need a tower at all, are slowly pushing this old friend into the history books. See it in Fellsmere while […]
Fellsmere Public School | Fellsmere | Florida Dominating the landscape of Fellsmere, a small, rural, Florida town, the historic Fellsmere Public School building truly stands at the heart of the community, geographically and figuratively, with nothing around it to compete in size – except maybe the nearby water tower. The overpowering dark sky is intentional, making the building small to the passage of time and history. Excerpts from the historical marker in front of the building: The Fellsmere Public School, […]