|Sunrise over the Indian River|
We have been out and about to several locations over the past week. Mead Gardens in Orlando was our first stop, a small side trip on our way to an appointment. This was my second short trip here, and I definitely need to visit when I can spend more time at this beautiful, peaceful location! We only had time to take a walk along the boardwalk, where a handful of birds were out in the early morning sun.
This Great Crested Flycatcher was easy to find as we heard it singing long before we came upon it.
The only time it was quiet was when it was consuming what appeared to be a spider.
Over the weekend we spent time kayaking the 1,000 Islands in Cocoa Beach. The islands are a flood-tide delta deposit formed by a past strong storm surge that came across the barrier island.
The islands are beautiful place to paddle through. They offer views of the rich tropical and temperate plant species as well as numerous species of wading birds, Ospreys, and even songbirds.
We found a handful of White-eyed Vireos in various locations. I will have to admit finding a songbird from a kayak can be more challenging than when on foot, and trying to taking a photo of one from a moving boat with a wiggly toddler on your lap can be even more arduous.
My paddling helper!
Yesterday we took a bright & early morning trip to the Sebastian Inlet State Park. As I enjoyed the beautiful colors of the sunrise, I began to sense the presence of a ghost....
It turned out to just be this Ghost Crab; it was also enjoying the sunrise!
The cool patterning on the crab helps it to stay camouflaged in the sand, safe from predators.
This Reddish Egret was hanging around the rocks of the jetty.
This intense fisherman (Great Blue Heron) was scanning the surf.
The parking lot appeared to have new security.....strangest place I've seen a Green Heron.
Keep cool and have a great weekend:)