Sunday, January 20, 2013

Viera Wetlands & "Click" Ponds 1/18/13

Friday afternoon I enjoyed a quiet 2 hour drive around the Click Ponds & Viera Wetlands as my nap-rebelling toddler slept soundly in his car seat (a very rare occurrence). I didn't even care that it starting raining when I arrived. 


Lots of birds enjoy hanging out deep in the reeds, but I don't usually see Cardinals in there. He didn't quite blend in as most of the other species do.


The trees surrounds the ponds were packed with birds. Masses of American Robins were flying every direction. There were numerous Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers.



Most of us don't equate Forster's Terns with terror, however, that apparently is not the case for this Coot.


Great Blue Heron mating season is in full swing at the wetlands. I stopped to watch this pair for a few minutes. As I sat there, this male flew down and landed a few feet from my car.


The female looked a little impatient as she waited for the male to return with a stick. Maybe their construction has fallen behind schedule.


The male was relieved that the female approved of his choosen stick.




This refreshing drive resulted in smiles for all!

26 comments:

  1. Great birds! The herons shots are awesome! Happy Birding!

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  2. That is such a great shot of the Cardinal, it contrasts so well with the reeds, and its good to see the herons back at house building.
    All the best Gordon.

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  3. Nothing beats- a napping toddler and joy-filled ride around the ponds and wetlands that resulted in photographing beautiful Florida birds- to a bird loving Mom like yourself, Tammy.
    Fantastic captures of the little Warblers- dancing GB Herons and smiling Gator.

    Smiles ~:)

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  4. Brilliant, especially the Alligator and Herons.

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  5. Wonderful photos Tammy, I especially love the herons!

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  6. Great shots. They are all beautiful.

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  7. Lovely colored birds and beautiful pictures....nice work Tammy.

    Greetings, Joop

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  8. love the butter butt shot. :) and those herons are spectacular! can't wait to see ours get their breeding colors.

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  9. Lovely shots Tammy, love the Gator shot. I'm sure you take these for granted where you are?

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  10. A really nice series! The heron images are terrific. Looks like it was a really wonderful two hours.

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  11. A beautiful red bird (Cardinal) .. Wonderfull herons images .. Congrat Tammy.. Regards

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  12. Preciossssisimas fotos Tammy, las especies que nos muestras son muy bonitas.
    Sigo diciendo que haces las mejores fotos de garzas que he visto jamás.
    Saludos!!

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  13. Magnificent post Tammy, you nailed the Great Blue Heron pair!!! I envy you so much with those shots...

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  14. All the time I spent in Florida and missed this Nature spectacle!

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  15. Beautiful photos! I like the branches and shrubs as background. The herons look a bit drenched! :-) Love the gator shot, too!

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  16. Amazing pictures you take of birds, like the entire series but fell the most for the first one. An unknown bird for me with nice colors.

    Ottar

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  17. Tammy your view of wildlife is always so excellent...the shots you get are unique, they seem to speak just like the herons building the nest. And you are so brave...you shoot in the rain.

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  18. Hello Tammy,
    Great shots!! So amazing to see all these pictures.
    Wonderful that red cardinal and the blue heron with his wild look is so funny.
    Great to see the both herons by the nest and your story while.
    Wonderful crocodile!! This is enjoyment Tammy, I like it!!

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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  19. I can't tell which part delights me more Tammy, your photos or the commentary you choose to highlight each moment :) I love the "story" you've described between the two herons. Mrs. Heron had better take a good look in a mirror, she's looking a little haggard to be giving her hardworking mate such a nasty glare!

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  20. Olá Tammy; Excelente trabalho....
    Cumprimentos

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  21. As usual, wonderful pictures .I especially love the cardinal my all time favorite bird. And the wind blown heron's.

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  22. Hi Tammy!
    Your photos are allways so beautiful.
    Have a nice week
    /Ingemar

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  23. Hola Tammy bellas imagenes por lo que veo este año tambien sigues la construccion del nido de las Garzas por lo demas me gustan todas.Un abrazo

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  24. Muy buena entrada Tammy, especialmente los pequeños pajarillos, muy bonito el cocodrilo, un abrazo.

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