Sunday, April 26, 2015

Viera Wetlands, Florida

I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday   They are both fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts.

On March 17th we visited the Viera Wetlands, nearest city is Viera in Brevard County, Florida.   We drove down from our hotel near Merritt Island. This is another birding hotspot to visit while in Florida. Before leaving home I checked out the Florida Birding Trail  map for all the great birding spots around the areas we were visiting..It is a great source of information..  I was really happy with the birds we saw, below is a mosaic with just some of the birds we saw during our visit.

Top row starting from the left is a Sora, American Bittern and a Pied-bill Grebe.
Middle row is the American Bittern again, an alligator, Sandhill Crane.
Bottom row, a Tri-colored Heron,  Limpkin and a White Ibis.

A look at one of the pond areas at the Viera Wetlands..You can bird by car, foot or bicycle. Birding by car can be great, because the car acts as a blind. All my photos were taken from the car except for the American Bittern shot. We climbed the observation tower and looked down at the American Bittern right below us..

I made a slideshow of the American Bittern, we were able to watch it walk right below were we stood on the observation tower.. It was a great sighting, to see this somewhat shy bird..

Some more images of a Sandhill Crane.

The American Coots were seen all over the place, every birding spot we visited the Coots were plentiful.

The Moorhen was another common bird we saw every place we visited.. If you are ever in the area I highly recommend visiting the Viera Wetlands.. A great spot for awesome birding.. I hope you enjoyed my post and photos.. Thank you for visiting and for all the nice comments.. Have a great day and week ahead!

I use Pic Monkey to create my mosaics, you can use Pic Monkey free or pay for an upgraded version.
I hope you can join in on our fun with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday

 Thanks to Judith our host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  I wish everyone a happy week ahead!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Saturday's Critters #71

Saturday's Critters #71

Happy weekend, everyone!  It's Saturday and it's time to share your critters.. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who has linked up in the past and for those who are linking in on this week's critter party. And of course I always appreciate my blogging friends stopping by just for a visit.

I am at the end of sharing our visit and photos from the Merritt Island NWR, here are some more birds and a dolphin seen on the bay side at the Canaveral National Seashore..Do not be disappointed though I still have lots more Florida photos to share, lol!

An American Kestrel seen at the Merritt Island NWR.

A male Belted Kingfisher, sorry the branches were hanging down.. It still looks cute!

We walked to the bayside at the Canaveral National Seashore and just in time to see this dolphin swimming close to the shore..

A Willet on the beach at the Canaveral National Seashore..I hope you enjoyed this series of birds and the dolphin.. Now, I am looking forward to seeing your critters.

Thanks to Tex Theresa aka Tex, I was able to add this link up button and thanks to  Jennifer for creating my photo badge.

To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.

Thank you for the visits and for all the nice comments.. As always I appreciate your participating with my critter party..Have a happy weekend!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

York, PA Rookery

Linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences  

For this week's Good Fence and Skywatch Friday memes I am sharing our visit to the York, Pennsylvania Heron and Egret rookery.. This may have been our earliest visit to the rookery. It was on April 1st, still a little chill in the early morning. But, the sky was a pretty blue with some white puffy clouds..a nice day to be outdoors. We only saw two of the Black Crowned Night Herons, a couple Great Egrets on their nest and lots of ducks.

Above the pretty sky.. We walked the loop around the lake, checking for the heron and egret nests along the way. The ducks and geese are used to being fed, they ran up to us as we walked toward the lake.

Above is the Black Crowned Night Heron at the York Pa rookery.

A view of the lake and the tallest trees in the distance hold the Night Heron and Egret rookery..A distant view of the fence on the right and a pretty sky.

A couple of Great Egrets on their nest..

A pretty view of the sky and lake..and a fence scene for Tex's Good Fences..

 I hope you enjoyed our walk, sky and rookery visit..Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments..

To see more pretty skies from around the world please visit  Skywatch Friday
and check for more fence shots at Tex's Good Fences

Thanks to Theresa @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences and thanks to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.    I wish everyone a happy day and weekend ahead..