Saturday, July 6, 2013

Wandering the Wetlands

A pair of Black-necked Stilts had been tending to a nest over the past month at the Viera Wetlands. Last week all four eggs hatched! She was still sitting on the fourth egg the one morning I was there, but it hatched soon after. They are on the other side of the pond, so these images are very heavily cropped. 

Mama Black-necked Stilt & 2 of her chicks

The next day I went back and didn't  see any of the chicks. A little while later, I saw this adult Stilt with a few extra legs!

There are several Mottled Ducks and Mottled families around the wetlands right now.

 This Tricolored Heron was snapping up some breakfast... was this White Ibis!

There are so many species of dragonflies and butterflies every where!

Four Spotted-Pennant
I loved the appearance of eyes on the back of this dragonfly's head.

Spicebush Swallowtail


  1. Hola Tammy magnificas tomas las dos primeras para mi son las mejores y muy tiernas .Un fuerte abrazo

  2. Beautiful pictures, Tammy.
    I think they're all great, the birds dragonflies and butterflies, are perfectly photographed.
    Regards, Irma

  3. wow! have never seen a dragonfly w/ those fake eyes. very cool! love the heron and ibis shots! sweet little stilt babies!

  4. I love them all and only wish/dream my photos were half as nice as yours!


  5. Wat een heerlijke serie laat je hier zien,dit is genieten.

  6. How I would love to see some of your dragonflies and butterflies. Beautifully captured Tammy.

  7. Wonderful images! You images are always terrific. Viera Wetlands is one of our favorite spots, too.

  8. I love the Ibis and the Swallowtail butterfly; all of these make me miss Florida!

  9. Great photos, really enjoyed the whole series.


  10. Lovely images, Tammy! The Stilt shots are my favorite, they are so cute!

  11. Interesting set of pics again Tammy, its amazing to see how the Stilt sits on a nest with those long legs. And the mottled Duck, I think I could mistake it for a Female Mallard, with not being familier with it. Love the butterfly too.
    All the very best Gordon.

  12. beautiful picks Tammy.. . the butterfly is vey nice.. Cheers.

  13. Tammy unas imágenes espectaculares como lo dejas patente en cada entrada que realizas. Enhorabuena y a seguir así.

    Saludos desde Extremadura

  14. Great close up shots of the "flys" Tammy. All three are really nice with great detail.

  15. Beautiful images, but you didn't tell the name of last butterfly, please help me.

    1. Hi Bob, thanks for your comments! The last butterfly is a Spicebush Swallowtail.

  16. Oh wow, the eyes on the dragonfly are crazy and a little creepy- love it. Love the stilt with the extra legs too.

  17. You have some of the pretties birds out your way!
    I love dragonfly season. :)
    xo Catherine

  18. Beautiful captures Tammy. I love the 'blue' dragonfly.

  19. Hi Tammy
    Lovey capture
    Have a nice day!

  20. Great photos Tammy, I love the many-legged Mom, some days that's exactly what it feels like :) Both dragonfly shots are amazing and as always, your bird photos are gorgeous.

  21. I delight in your photos and love for Florida Tammy- you must have the patience of a saint because you captures are always so awesome.

    Thanks for endure the heat of the day and sharing- while I keep cool, but I really wish I were there too ~:)

  22. Beautiful shots as always Tammy! Your photos remind me how badly I need to get better acquainted with Florida birding! We've been here over a year now, no excuses! The butterfly shot is just exquisite! I love seeing the stilts & their chicks too!

  23. Hi Tammy !
    The last one was supergreat, good composition for this colourful butterfly. Take care and have nice summer days !

  24. Wonderful Tammy! These are some beautiful shots. You always seem to have the right lighting on the birds and critters. Again thank you for sharing your birds.....I'm always learning lots about your area and will probably take a trip within the next year....if the finances agree:)

  25. Hello Tammy!
    Again 2 beautiful publications!
    I am late since I have spent a week in Spain and it is a pleasure to visit your blog as one of the first ones!
    The Osprey raising the chicks are gorgeous shots!
    But I have to admit your dragons are exquisite and different from ours, which makes it all the more exciting to discover here!
    And what can I say about this fabulous Spicebush Swallowtail, again a species we lack in France!
    Keep well and enjoy your WE!

  26. I never tire of visiting your blog and viewing all of your beautiful photos- thanks for letting me look over your shoulder Tammy.

    Hugs and smiles to you and lil' birder/bug chaser :P


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