Sunday, March 9, 2014

Treasure Coast Chorale with Special Guest - Elvis!

Went to the Treasure Coast Chorale concert tonight to see Heather sing. They had a special guest tonight! Here are the pictures:

The choir coming on stage, Heather is the 6th from the left, right in the middle of the chevy.
Opening piece - Rock Around the Clock 
Elvis (played by Glenn Orndorff) comes on stage to Thus Sprach Zarathustra.
 Elvis performing CC Rider.
 Elvis singing Love Coming Down.
Elvis impressing a young lady in the front row while performing Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Dolores Mark-Chambers and Michael Carter perform The Prayer from Dolores' new CD, which she graciously was donating some of sale proceeds back to the TCC tonight.
Elvis' final song (before he left the building), Blue Suede Shoes.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Broadmoor with the Master Naturalists

Had the honor of helping out with a Master Naturalist field trip to Broadmoor today. Here are some pix. Click to enlarge.

We got great looks at a Limpkin, it was nice to be able to compare and contrast with the immature white ibises we also saw.
 Osprey carrying nesting materials.
This was a neat scene. It was nice to be able to compare the male anhinga, female anhinga, and the cormorant, which are often confused. But it also made me laugh cause it looked like they had a weird Three's Company thing going on.
This was a lifer for me. For all the times I've seen Norther Harriers before, I never managed to get a picture before. Only need 14 more to get my photographic life list to 300 now!
There might have been a pelican or two.
Reminds me of my dad's advice on counting birds. Where there are a lot of birds, just count the eyes and divide by 2.
All of the Master Naturalist students watching the white pelicans.
Our fearless leader, Heather!
And more pelicans!
There were also one or two gators out there today.
 Or maybe it was 10 or 30 gators!!
You might have to squint, but there is an alligator hiding in this picture.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

EcoFest and Broadmoor

Here are some recent pix. The first 2 are from the ELC's EcoFest, the rest are from a scouting trip that Heather and I did today for an upcoming Master Naturalist field trip. Click to enlarge if you are so inclined.

 Great Blue Heron on Wabasso causeway.
 Immature Brown Pelican on Wabasso causeway.
(Broadmoor) This was just a run of the mill dove, but I thought he looked weird, had a really pink breast.
 (Broadmoor) Red Shouldered Hawk
(Broadmoor) Osprey
 (Broadmoor) Gator
(Broadmoor)  This was kind of unexpected. That's an immature purple galinule down in the lower right corner. And no, I totally didn't misidentify it and then argue the point with the likes of Andy and David.
(Broadmoor)  There was a massive mixed flock in the back. There were Ibis, Glossy Ibis, White Pelican, Roseate Spoonbills, Snowy Egrets, Lesser Yellowlegs, Black-neck Stilts, Great Egret, and Great Blue Heron.
(Broadmoor)  Immature White Ibis in flight.
 (Broadmoor) While Pelican, Ibis, Roseate Spoonbills, Glossy Ibis, and Snowy Egrets. There might be a Yellowlegs in the back. He was there in real life but I don't see him in this picture.
 (Broadmoor)  Snowys, Spoons, Ibis, etc,
(Broadmoor) Did I mention it was a BA flock?
(Broadmoor) While Pelicans and Snowys.
There were also about 80 Wood Storks out there. I like this picture, it looks like the Wood Storks have formed a band and this is the cover of their first album.
A fairly decent pic of a Belted Kingfisher. One of my nemesis birds, they just won't pose for me.
 This Turkey Vulture made me and Heather laugh. Such a poser.
Saw this little beauty in the road on the way out. We almost ran over it, then turned around to make sure it was ok. It was fine, he finished making his way across the street after we took his picture.