Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Recent Randomness

Here are a few of the encounters I've had over the past two weeks at my favorite local places...the Viera Wetlands, the "Click" Ponds, and the Scrub Jay Sanctuary...and a couple from around town! I'm happy I can usually swing by the wetlands and ponds at least once or twice a week, although some trips are tightly squeezed in (but better than no trip at all).


Gray Catbirds are relatively easy to find at the ponds right now as they have quite the unmistakable call! Well, I guess one could mistake it for a crying hungry kitten.


Yellow-rumped Warblers fill the trees as they attempt to gobble up any berries that the ravenous robins have missed.


Yes, it's that time of year when the robins come by and clean house!


I saw (barely) my first American Pipit at the Click Ponds...good thing I gave the mud a second look; the Pipit was very well camouflaged!


Lots of high energy Blue-gray Gnatcatchers around...I fluttered around in similar fashion when I've had too much coffee.


There are hundreds on Tree Swallows flying over the ponds; this one was the only one I saw taking a rest.


The Great Blues are still nesting. I have only see one nest (of the 5-6 I've seen) have a single chick hatch.


I love the breeding plumage of the Great Egret; it leaves those around it feeling green with envy.


Who can resist the cuteness of a juvenile Wood Stork!


A flock of gulls and terns has been hanging around the wetlands. There are several dozen Bonaparte's gulls, Ring-billed gulls, and Caspian and Forster's terns.





Osprey nesting season has also started. I look forward to keeping an eye on all nests near my house.


I saw these Least Sandpipers foraging along the edge of a little pond near a bike trail where my son likes to ride his bike.


I headed out one very foggy morning for a quick hike at the scrub sanctuary.


The thick, dense air didn't seem to bother the jays as they dug in the sand for acorns.


The fog quickly started to give way to greater visibility and I saw this white rainbow/fogbow.




33 comments:

  1. Some crackers there Tammy. The weather looks great there. Not long and our migrants will be on the way.

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  2. my gosh, this post is just LOADED with good stuff! before i forget, the fog and mist shots are great! the jay, tree swallow, osprey, terns - all gorgeous. the tern's wings were angelic! i'd LOVE to see a catbird in person! so beautiful. and the herons and egrets sporting their best in breeding show are wonderful. :)

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  3. and the young wood stork is too cute with its spritzy hair!

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  4. Awesome variety and a great place for birding. Love the Jay shot., are they a rare sighting? Wonderful series of photos!

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  5. I like your approach on this post. They look more like portraits of the birds. The webs are awesome!

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  6. 10 points for that Tree Swallow shot. Envious.

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  7. Lovely post Tammy. I've seen the Great Egrets in plumage but not as dazzling as the green in yours, wonderful photo. All of the birds and the webs and the fog etc. etc. and to top it all off nesting to come. Looks like it is good birding at the moment and will only get better. Regards, Richard

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  8. So much good stuff! Great photos as always Tammy, and a great flavor of the Florida goings one right now
    Cheers!

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  9. Oh wat mooi wat een grote verscheidenheid aan vogels en zo heerlijk gefotografeerd.

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  10. A stunning set Tammy, I love them all, I like the way you said you would keep an eye on all the Osprey nests near my house (I didn't really I was dead jealous). However the one that take the prize, without a doubt, is the misty sail boat, I'd be happy to have that framed on my wall.
    All the best Gordon.

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  11. Hello Tammy,
    A wonderful series of photos!! Very beautiful all these different and very special birds.
    So nice to see all of them.
    Shot 13 en 14 are very great and the spider web you've phographed very well too.
    But the ship in the foggy morning is really fantastic. This could be framed and hang on a nice place. Well done Tammy, thanks!!

    Best regards,
    Marco

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  12. Hola Tammy bellas instantaneas de una gran variedad de aves, todas de gran calidad es una suerte tener estos humedales cerca de don tu vives.Un fuerte abrazo y feliz semana

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  13. Once again, the clarity and composition of your photography makes me consider hiding my camera.

    Superb images, all! Congratulations on your Pipit! They don't offer much in the way of great photo ops!

    One slight correction to your post - there is no such thing as too much coffee. :)

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  14. Great shots Tammy! I really like the foogy morning one (a lot!) and the spider webs.

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  15. All your pretty birds are making me miss my birds of summer! Lovely!
    xo Catherine

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  16. What wonderful birds.
    Nature has so much to offer if we have the time to pause and look.

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  17. Fantastic array of birdsw, great photography Tammy.

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  18. Ideal for photos see birds, great shots :)

    Regards

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  19. Hi Tammy !
    Your spiderwebs are stunning, and all the differnt species of bird tou have in the Wetland makes us jaloux,
    Have a nice week !

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  20. I look really my eyes out with all these wonderful birds.
    Beautiful color and sharpness and great details. So many different and also many beautiful kleruen. Wonderful to see and this is enjoy :-)
    Kind regards, Helma

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  21. Oh, Tammy, as always, your photos are amazing! Wish I could stop off in FL on my travels home this spring. Instead, I'll just have to be satisfied with 2 weeks of camping on the TX Gulf Coast! Hope I see more than pelicans!

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  22. Great pictures Tammy .. Lots of variety of birds .. All very beautiful .. I love the spider web .. Congratulations and my compliments ..

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  23. Como siempre un trabajo sobervio. saludos desde Extremadura.

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  24. Hi Tammy, I am new to your fine blog. I just moved here to FL from TN a year ago. I live near Ocala an really enjoy watching and photographing wildlife of all kinds. By the way, your photographs are stunning! Have a really great day!

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  25. Hi there Ms. Tammy! I am heading your way in March. I'll be in Ft. Myers. I would so love to find a FL Scrub-Jay. I've been reading up on birds around there and it's overwhelming! I'm sure it was like that when you came out this way:) Beautiful shots....and like you, I love that green on the Great Egret! Very nice shots!

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  26. Wow, fabulous photos, I'm so jealous! I don't get to see the spoonbills on this side of Florida, and have yet to see a FL scrub jay darn it! But, I'm still relatively new here so….hope springs eternal! I've never seen the green breeding color of the great egret (that I recall), look forward to that too. Again, wonderful post Tammy!

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  27. Impressive diversity of species you have access to. Amazing photos of many interesting birds that I have not seen before.

    Ottar

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  28. Fantastic set of pictures, Tammy!
    What a variety of birds!
    The swallow has a wonderful coloration and the jay is one of my favorite pics here!
    Your juvenile Wood Stork could go the hair dresser!! LOL!!!
    Congratulations!

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  29. Hi Tanny, I take great delight is each and every one for your amazing captures of the awesome birds you saw at the click ponds.

    I wish we lived closer to that area, but alas I need the warmth of Jupiter :)
    Hugs to you and Master Adorable xo

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  30. Hi Tammy,
    What a variety of birds, each one more beautiful than the other.
    This really enjoy, a lot of details and all pictures very sharp, my compliments.
    I wish you a very nice weekend,
    Greetings Irma

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  31. You always have the best looking birds Tammy. I love the variety and the colors. I am left with sparrows and nuthatches over the winter. While they still bring me joy to watch them, I could use a little color in my birds over the winter. ;)
    xo Catherine

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  32. You must be related to mother nature. You help make everything look spectacular!

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  33. What a wonderful display of birds! Love the reflection images.

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