A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the INMARSAT-5 F4 commercial communications satellite from Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 7:21 p.m. on 15 May 2017. INMARSAT-5 F4 is the fourth satellite in the Global Xpress constellation; the world’s first globally available, high speed, mobile broadband service for users on land, at sea, and in the air. The satellite was built by Boeing Network & Space Systems. Due to the weight of the satellite, the first stage did […]
Three Roseate Spoonbills overflew the NASA Causeway viewing area at Kennedy Space Center at dusk on Saturday, 21 November 2016. Observed while waiting for the launch of GOES-R.
The eponymous spoonbill and garish pink plumage make identifying the Roseate Spoonbill in the field fairly easy. And finding Spoonbills is also fairly easy at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, where all these photos were taken.
A selection of images from Sunday’s visit to the Orlando Wetlands Park as part of a Pelican Island Audubon Society field trip led by Steve Goff and Susan Boyd. The morning was dark and overcast during our visit so the lighting for picture taking left a lot to be desired. Roseate Spoonbill Roseate Spoonbill Barred Owl with a recent kill. Snowy Egret coming in for a landing. Red-shouldered Hawk carrying what could be material to build a nest with. Sandhill […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Alligator, Barred Owl, birding, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Orlando Wetlands Park, Pelican Island Audubon Society, Red-shouldered Hawk, River Otter, Roseate Spoonbill, Sandhill Crane, Snowy Egret, wildlife photography
The crisp, early morning cold did not keep us away but it sure kept the ducks away during a visit specifically to see the great variety of ducks that winter at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. We did not have much luck with ducks or many other birds for that matter. That’s just the way it is out in the wild. Some days you just can’t believe your luck and other days it just does not pay to get out […]
These images were a real challenge to take light wise during a quick trip down Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at sunset on Tuesday with Susan Boyd. With rapidly fading light and a fairly cold, brisk wind there was little opportunity to mull over the array of photogenic birds on hand. Instead, one took what one could get in the rapidly fading light as quickly as possible before the light was lost. I lament to this moment […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: American Alligator, Brevard County, ducks, Florida, Great Blue Heron, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, MINWR, Northern Pintail, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, Titusville, wildlife photography, Willet
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is ready for the holidays as we found out during a visit on 23 December 2013. The NASA logo at the entrance has been modified a bit to look like a giant Christmas tree ornament. I was happy to play the role of unofficial tour guide on our visit for Dr. Richard Baker, Susan Boyd, Dr. Juanita Baker, Dr. Brenda Baker, Erik Liu, Dr. Andrew Liu, and Kira Liu. Andy is a research scientist […]
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: Gemini, Great Blue Heron, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, NASA, Project Gemini, Project Mercury, Roseate Spoonbill, Space, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Technology