Sunday, February 26, 2012

Jetty Park

My son and I made an impromptu trip to Jetty Park late Friday afternoon hoping to catch the launch of a Delta rocket, as well as, of course, some birds. We were able to manage alittle bit of both!  Jetty Park is located in Cape Canaveral and is home to a beautiful beach, a very large fishing pier, and a campground. We walked to jetty first, catching sight of some fishing Brown Pelicans, Royal Terns, and a few gulls. We then headed up the beach to see a flock of gulls. Ring-billed and Laughing Gulls were there in large numbers.

Laughing Gull
Jetty Park

Ring-billed Gull
Jetty Park

This guy was bracing himself for the very large gusts of wind that were whipping sand across the beach. I realized with only one minute to spare that it was nearly launch time. I was thankful we didn't miss it as this was the third attempt at launch.


We next ventured to the boardwalk, scanning the growth for some song birds. There were several Mockingbirds singing. The sun was beginning to set as we saw two Gray Catbirds playing in the hardwoods. We also saw a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Gray Catbird
Jetty Park

We then headed back to the beach and I was very glad we did as a very large mixed flock was settling in for the evening. The highlight for me was watching the Black Skimmers.

Black Skimmers
Jetty Park

Black Skimmers

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

25 comments:

  1. as always, you got some great shots! love seeing the catbird - don't have them here. and your laughing gull is quite handsome. LOVE those skimmers! such crazy-looking, yet dapperly dressed birds!

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    1. Thanks so much Tex! I love the Skimmers too, they are just so interesting!

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  2. Preciosas todas las fotos Tammy. Las gaviotas parecen de algodón.
    El cohete es alucinante ¡lo que daría yo por poder ver lo que tú has fotografiado!. Preciosas fotos y aves.
    Saludos!!

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  3. Birding with rockets overhead, how cool is that!

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    1. It was interesting; there was also a few helicopters, a submarine, an airplane, and a cruise ship leaving the port!

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  4. You are so close! Wonderful shots of the birds and the launch! We will pass Jetty Park in a couple of hours when we sail out of Port Canaveral aboard Freedom of the Seas. Wave to us as we go by. :) We pass there every Sunday morning and evening aboard Freedom. If not at Jetty Park, Freedom is on the Port Canaveral web cam on Sundays, too. :)

    We got some good shots of the Ring-Billed Gulls at Cocoa Beach a few weeks ago, too.

    All the best,
    Lois

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    1. That sounds great! We saw a cruise ship leaving on Friday! My son was so excited to see such a large boat!!

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  5. The Laughing Gull and Ring-billed Gull are beautiful, but all the rest are good too, fantastic photography Tammy.

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  6. Charming! I've got to get to the coast and see some Skimmer--such a cool bird.

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    1. Hope you make it to the coast, lots to see!

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  7. I think that laughing gull is gunning for a place in the Olympics. An excellent capture of the launch.
    Shaun

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  8. Number 2 is my favourite, charming little bird this Ring Billed gull. All ths are unknown for me in Norway, interesting to follow your Florida fauna, Tammy !

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    1. Thanks for you your comments Lorents!

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  9. You certainly are in a lovely part of the world Tammy, great shots as ever.

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    1. Thank you Marc! Your part seems very lovely too!

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  10. Great images Tammy and a wonderful launch shot too. Your images of the Laughing Gulls show they are going into breeding plumage, how wonderful!

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  11. Great light on those skimmers. I wonder what caused the crossed mandibles on that first Laughing Gull...pollutants or random mutation?

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  12. I think I am going to stop reading your posts (jokeing)first you blow me away with your photos, the latest ones are stunning by the way, but now you have touched my other passion SPACE and anything to do with it. So it my come as no surprise if I say we have been to Kennedy 5 times and on Friday the 11th of Feb. 2000 we had tickets for the launch of Endeavour STS-99. This was a dream come true for me and somthing I will never forget.
    Thanks again Tammy for bringing the memories back.

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  13. beautiful light on the skimmers! and lucky you to catch the launch! :-) What a great life your son has!

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  14. The Laughing Gulls are stunning birds aren`t they!? As for the Black Skimmers, they are amazing to look at, just plain weird!
    J
    Follow me at HEDGELAND TALES

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  15. Great shots as always, love the Laughing Gulls and the launch!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Mette

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  16. Beautiful photos! I love the skimmers, but your gulls shots are fantastic, too! Really nice. Nice shot of the rocket! That would be fun to see in person.

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