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.
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
Four days at the West Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant helping to guide the Audubon Advocate students on their first birding experience resulted in a bonanza of bird photos. A selection of which can be seen here. The complex is a wastewater treatment plant coupled with manmade wetlands that naturally filter the water before it is released. The wetlands attract wildlife, especially birds of all kinds. Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pratensis) Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pratensis) Sandhill Crane […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Blue-winged Teal, Double-crested Cormorant, Florida, Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Indian River County, Little Blue Heron, Osprey, Sandhill Crane, West Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, White Ibis
The second full Moon of January 2018 rose into a cold, iron blue sky at dusk with clouds scudding by blocking the view every now and then. The Moon rises on the eve of a lunar eclipse happening at dawn the next day, 31 January, with the Earth’s shadow just starting to darken the Moon’s face before the Moon sets in the west, at least in what is viewable of the event from Florida. People on the west coast of […]
A night roost for Zebra Longwings, the state butterfly of Florida, discovered accidentally at dusk along one of the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area trails behind Audubon House. Oftentimes a large number of these butterflies will congregate in the same spot at night. The glaring light from the flash does not due justice to their actual coloration.