Sunday, May 13, 2012

Viera Wetlands 5/11/12

We look a long, early morning walk at the Viera Wetlands Friday morning. The wetlands were open only to foot traffic, which happens periodically after heavy rain. The heat and humidity had let up and the weather was perfect. We didn't see any new species, but the regulars were out in full force. We made our way over to the Great Blue Heron nesting area first. All six of the original juveniles were  still hanging out in their nests. They are now a little over three months old. The GBH chick that hatched about a month and half ago in a nest across the way was putting on quite a show.


I had a few thoughts while I was watching this guy....what kid doesn't enjoy jumping on the bed (or nest in this case) when mom is not looking, or maybe he was just afraid of a bug he seen crawling in his nest.


This was my favorite move. I was now thinking maybe he had some sort of music playing up there. This reminded me of John Travolta's "Saturday Night Fever" pose.


Well, I never really concluded what this guy was up to, but I did start to worry that he might fall out of the nest if he kept this up as there were some really large gusts of wind blowing through. I felt better later when I saw him settled down safely in his nest.


This tiny turtle was resting right in the road as we approached.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Viera Wetlands

The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are returning in moderate quantities. We saw and heard a few flocks whistling around.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Viera Wetlands

After a long trek around the wetlands, we made our way back to the GBH nesting area, where we were excited to see that 2 of the young Great Blues had made there way down to the water to forage.

Immature Great Blue Heron
Viera Wetlands

While watching this guy, I heard a little rustling in the reeds, only to discover this sweet little one.

Limpkin chick
Viera Wetlands

 Mom and sibling were close by feeding on some tasty Apple Snails. This was a great way to end our visit!

Limpkins
Viera Wetlands

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there, especially the one I admire the most, my mom!

32 comments:

  1. Impressive photographs, expecially the first ones that made me think "fasten your seat belts" before landing ;-)
    I've never seen a turtle on the road.. you can't imagine how I would like to be there even only one day!!

    happy Mothers Day Tammy!!

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  2. Hi Tammy,
    Great photos, as usual! The heron in the top 3 looks to be having a good time, still finding new things to enjoy!
    J
    Follow me at HEDGELAND TALES

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  3. I love these shots. The top three are fantastic!

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  4. Una serie espectacular Tammy tus imágenes son de una calidad increible. Felicidades. Saludos desde Extremadura.

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  5. jajaja!!! Fantastic!!!.. Incredible the first three photos...The bird dancer... ;-)... Greats shots Tammy and lovely ducks... Cheers...
    Ana

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  6. that young GBH hopping around is classic! loved it! and my favorite ducks! :)

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  7. oh, happy mom's day to you, tammy!

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  8. Great action shots Tammy of the Herons

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  9. All of your images are always so good, but that dancing Heron is a hoot! :))))) Happy Mothers Day to all. :)

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  10. Hi Tammy

    Those jumping shots are full of character - wonderful photography.

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  11. The animated shots are priceless.

    The trek must have been tiring, unless there was a nice pathway. Muck walking can be exhausting.

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  12. That little guy is just the sweetest. And as for John Travolta, i can totally see where you are coming from.
    Shaun Valleys ShutterBug

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  13. I love that Limpkin chick! Very nice shots!

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  14. Fantastic shots all of them.
    But the shots of the dancing queen/king are stunning.
    Hope you had a great Mother's Day.
    Mette

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  15. Gorgeous shots, Tammy! You know I love the herons. The ducks are beautiful! I wish I had a place like that to visit and photograph. You've got some awesome subjects there!

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  16. They are precious, and the last one, Limpkin and chick are superb. Brilliant photos.

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  17. Wow Tammy! Very good capture of the heron. It looks like they train for the next season of let's dance. Virea Wetland appears to be a lovely place to walk in.Give five to all the mums out there...
    Have a nice week.
    Greetings Kenny

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  18. Alucinates imágenes amiga Tammy. Este fin de semana viendo una cigüeña en su nido con 2 pollos me acordé de tí.
    Saludos!!

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  19. Hahahaha!
    I love the dancing kid!!
    Great shots!!
    The ducks also since I have never seen this species before!
    Wonderful post, Tammy!

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  20. Hi Tammy !
    Sometimes elegant, other times just "clumsy" and funny, the herons on pic 1

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  21. That is a funny guy. :-) Beautiful images. We will be there mid June. Have they opened for cars or do we still have to walk around?

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    1. Hi Kjell~it was back open for cars on my most recent visit. We have, however, gotten a lot of rain the last 2 days, so it may be closed again for a day or two. It usually only closes for a short time after heavy rain.

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  22. Beautiful captures from your nature walk Tammy!

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  23. Hi Tammy!
    Absolutely stunning birdserie
    Greetings from Sweden
    /Ingemar

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  24. Bien congeladas en pleno vuelo y con las alas abiertas a las aves en las primeras imágenes, un bello color en su plumaje el de los Pato Dendrocygna vientre negro.

    Saludos

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  25. love the limpkin, baby is so cute, love the young heron in his dance and all the herons, loved the whistling ducks,(wow what colors hey) loved the turtle...well I guess I loved it all as usual!! Thanks Tammy. It is like a feast of bird photography over here.

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  26. Terrific shots :) I am so envious of the proximity you gain to heron nests. That third shot is priceless ~ love the hair-do

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  27. I can see I've been missing out on your great work Tammy, glad I got some time to look through again lovely stuff :-)

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  28. Fantastic shots all of them.
    Greets Irma
    http://www.digi-irma.nl

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  29. That's some fancy footwork from the Great Blue Heron! Awesome shots - love the Limpkin chicks, too!

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  30. Saturday Night Fever pose is simply the best - I can't stop laughing!!

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