A flock of vultures soar near the mock life-size External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters on display in front of the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at sunset.
Two days of visits to the Padgett Creek Ranches, made up of the Long Shadows Ranch and the Triple S Ranch in Indian River County, did not provide the bonanza of wildlife photos as in the past. Most likely due to the extreme cold weather that befell the first day and was still lingering around on the second. A conservation easement protects 1,600 acres around Padgett Creek, part of the headwaters to the St. Johns River that flows northward up […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Black Vulture, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Cattle Egret, cattle ranching, cow-calf production, Eastern Kingbird, Florida, Fox Squirrel, Indian River County, Indian River Land Trust, Padgett Creek, Padgett Creek Ranches, palmetto, pine, Red-bellied Woodpecker, St. Johns River, Turkey Vulture, Wild Turkey
Turkey Vultures and Black Vultures have been visiting me at work the past few mornings at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). My view out the office window is of these lovely birds—and I mean that genuinely—relaxing up in the trees or atop the poles around the parking lot. The real fun is when they fly onto the roof, landing with a loud thud, then walking around with a clomping sound that leaves me looking amusingly up at the ceiling […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Audubon House, Black Vulture, Cathartes aura, Coragyps atratus, Florida, Indian River County, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, Pelican Island Audubon Society, Turkey Vulture, Vero Beach, Vulture
Photos from the FMEL-ORCA conservation stewardship class walk through the overgrown South ORCA scrub on Saturday afternoon, 7 February 2015. I did not hold out much hope of seeing birds, which kept the class focus on the plants, but was happily surprised to see this Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus [Coragyps, “raven vulture” in Greek; stratus, dressed for mourning]) perched atop a dead tree trunk. Note the gaping hole in the trunk, most likely caused by a Woodpecker cavity rotting out. […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Bald Eagle, Black Vulture, Cathartes aura, Coragyps atratus, Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, FMEL, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Indian River County, Indian River Lagoon, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, Oslo Road, South ORCA, Turkey Vulture