Sunday, December 13, 2015

Why I Otter...

(Tip of the hat to Dawnell for the blog post title:-)

So today, instead of catching up on all the stuff I didn't do yesterday, David and I went out to try to chase the Sacred Ibis that was seen at the Vero Wetlands. On the one hand, I'm a little bummed that we didn't see it. On the other hand, take a look below at the otter eating a Coot that we did see!! This could be one of my favorite series of pix I've ever taken. Click photos to enlarge.

Weird young Wood Stork. He had green on his beak.
Om-nom-nom-noming a Coot.
My Coot! You can't has none!
Green Heron acting all Bitterny.
Stupid Belted Kingfisher. Remains my photographic nemesis
bird for another day.
Good to see that there are at least some native Apple Snails still breeding.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Good Natured River Tour, Sebastian Inlet, and Pelican Island

I have a million things I was supposed to do this weekend, but instead, David and I (and Paddy and an Audubon group) did a boat tour with Good Natured River Tours on the Indian River.  The photo came out horrible, but I also added bird 306 to my Photographic Life List, Spotted Sandpiper. 

After the boat tour, we spent some time at Sebastian Inlet, then Pelican Island. Click on pictures to enlarge. 

Always my favorite sighting - the rare and elusive Husband bird. Also known as Simposonis Davidus.
 I have to see if I can hire these guys to help me do my weekly manatee surveys.
These guys cracked me up, they looked like were posing for their album cover. Little Cormy and the Pelicans. See them live, coming soon to a club near you.
It's so awful to have to live in Florida in the winter time.
This little guy was on the shore. Not sure of the species, perhaps a Melon Collie?
I wasn't expecting this. This was a cow bird on the shore.
Some kinda gull. Can't remember which.
(Sebastian Inlet) Ring-billed Gull
(Sebastian Inlet) Compare and contrast with a Laughing Gull
(Sebastian Inlet) This TOTALLY pervy Great Blue Heron flashed us! Mercy me, you just can't go out anywhere these days.
(Sebastian Inlet) A cute brown Pelican.
 (Sebastian Inlet) A Snowy Egret looking all picturesque.
(Sebastian Inlet) Awww, the nice Brown Pelican is giving the little fishy a ride! Isn't that nice of him!

 (Sebastian Inlet) The poor little fishy must have been cold, the nice pelican closed his beak so the fishy didn't get cold....

 (Sebastian Inlet)  Reddish Egret
 (Pelican Island) A very old Southern White. You can tell he's old by how tattered he is.
 (Pelican Island) Either a Common or a Mangrove Buckeye.
(Pelican Island) White Peacock.
(Pelican Island) White Peacock - check out his eyes.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Had an awesome Thanksgiving at Lake Seminole State Park in GA. Here are some of the highlights.

 David led a birdwatching hike. Before we even started, a red-headed woodpecker came out and said hi to us.
Everyone getting great looks at the woodpecker. And me,
of course, without my long lens. Du-oh!
This was my first life bird of the trip, a Brown-headed Nuthatch.
The other lifer was an American Woodcock on our way home.
Amy, chilling in a rocker after as our hike was winding down.
Uncle Duncan taking a picture of Dan.
Amy, Uncle Duncan, and Aunt Nancy (M).
Mom and Nancy.
Amy and Beth.
The menfolk goofing off while the womenfolk slaved away in the kitchen after lunch.
Last year, Amy started a tradition where we draw on a big canvas table cloth every year. These are mine and mom's contributions this year.
This is the whole tablecloth (well, the parts that are drawn on.)
 David, looking grumpy because I was taking a picture of him with cupcake frosting in his beard. But he is still adorable.
Scott, looking dapper.
Amy, looking adorable.
Uncle Sherm, and his toothpick.
Aunt Nancy (C) on the porch.
The entire group. Back row:  Beth, David, Amy, Nancy (M), Duncan, Nancy (C), Sherm, Non-evil Santa. Front row: Me, Dad, Scott, Barbara, Mom, Kathy, and Tom.
The cousins with non-evil Santa: Amy, David, Beth, Scott, moi.
Mom, Kathy, and Nancy. One of the highlights of the weekend was when they performed a concert for us. I have it on video for posterity.
Dad, mom, Tom, Kathy, Duncan, and Nancy. I love the look on Nancy's face here, so adorable.
The womenfolk: Barbara, Mom, Beth, Kathy, Nancy (C), Nancy (M), Beth, and me.
 The menfolk: Tom, Duncan, Dad, Sherm, David, Scott.
The older experienced generation: Barbara, Duncan, Mom, Kathy, Dad, Nancy (M), Tom, Nancy (C), and Sherm.
The menfolk having an in-depth conversation regarding the construction of the reindeer.
The entire group (sans moi, I was taking the picture) in Candyland.
Me, David, Scott, Amy and Beth in Candyland.
Nancy by the Candyland sign.
Amy and Beth going for a cupcake in Candyland.

This is a pretty magnificent park. The greens are really green
and the blues are really blue.