Times change and the main highway moves away taking the tourists with it, which seems to be the case with this abandoned juice and souvenir stand in central Florida. Note what appears to be an Osprey nest atop the pineapple juice sign sticking up from the Brazilian Pepper.
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 […]
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
One of my current projects is to bring the Ospreys of Pelican Island: An exploration into the life of the Fish Hawk program up-to-date by giving it a whole new slide show and reformatting the way the material is presented. It’s a bit of an chore but the final outcome should be worth the effort and will definitely breath new life into the presentation. I am currently taking bookings if anyone is interested in having me present the new and […]
Remembering the 3 June 2013 monthly bird survey at the Indian River Club. Wondering what going on the bird count is like? Click to watch this time lapse video and find out. A juvenile Osprey seen shortly after sunrise while driving to the Indian River Club. The bird was forlornly perched atop a auto garage sign. Note the white-fringed brown feathers and the reddish eyes indicative of a juvenile Osprey. The male Florida Scrub-Jay at the Indian River Club is […]
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.
A morning hike around the Indrio Savannahs Preserve in St. Lucie County turned out to be a bust. Not only were there few to no birds, but what birds there were kept to the deep shadows or were silhouetted against the Sun. Florida heating up into summer never portends well for bird sightings or photography. I did not have to work at finding any Florida Scrub-Jays. They found me. But they coyly kept out of the light. Lots of Red-bellied […]
Photos from a sunset trip on Blue Cypress Lake in Indian River County, Florida that was cut short right before dinner was served due to a fast-moving incoming storm that blocked any hope of seeing the Sun anyway. During the brief period of sunlight, an Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) soared over the boat. Bob Bruce, seen standing in the boat, and Janice Broda, invited Sam, seen standing on the dock, and myself to join them and Pepper for the trip. One […]