Saturday, June 8, 2013

Venice Rookery

I am linking up Camera Critters and I'd-Rather-B-Birdin.

 During our Florida trip we visited the Venice Rookery. It was amazing to see the Great Blue Heron, Egrets, Cormorants, Anhinga all nesting together.






This shot shows the rookery island in the middle of this small lake. We were able to walk around the lake getting different views of the rookery.


Above are some of the Great Herons from the Venice Rookery
We saw a lot of the Great Egrets at the rookery.


Walking around the lake we noticed this black snake?





 

The Anhingas were also at the rookery. I love the look of the juvenile anhinga.



A disturbing scene from the Venice beach pier. Two fisherman caught a Pelican on the fishing line, they pulled up the pelican and flung hard down onto the pier. This is only shot I was able to take showing one fisherman holding the Pelican by its bill.  I was taking this shot from the beach, by the time we got up on the pier the pelican disappeared? I was very sad to see the pelican being mistreated. :( 

I was afraid to confront the fisherman, especially since I was not able to see the pelican hurt nearby. What would you have done?


I hope you enjoyed my critter post. I hope everyone has a happy weekend. Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments. To see more beautiful photos and cute critters
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51 comments:

Red Nomad OZ said...

ARRRRGGGGHHH!!! Snake!!! Looks just like what I might see down here on a bad day!!! Glad you saw it before someone trod on it ... and hopefully the pelican was unhooked and flew away??

Have a great weekend!!!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

did they eventually let the pelican go?

that breaks my heart. why are folks not nice to wildlife? i always wonder - if you have to fight something (i don't agree with fighting in any sense) - fight something that can fight back. that seems so cruel. hateful too. ) :

Lynne said...

Gorgeous photos Eileen . . . such interesting travels you have experienced!

Don't like to see mistreating of anything. I truly can't understand cruelty . . . I hope the Pelican was able to get away . . .

Terry said...

I would have asked them questions, such as: was he hooked and did you get the hook out? Where is the bird now? Why did you treat it so roughly? I guess when I'm mad I can let my mouth go.

c3720e30-481b-11e0-b6fd-000bcdca4d7a said...

schlimm wenn Menschen so roh mit denTieren umgehen..:((

Die Bilder von der Brutkolonie..wunderschön
LG vom katerchen der ein schönes Wochenende wünscht

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Everything was going just fine, enjoying your beauties...then, that nasty snake?!!! Eww. LOL

Would have loved to see something like this in person [not the snake, the nesting]

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the birds.

Kerri said...

Poor thing! I hope that Pelican was OK!

A wondering star said...

Great photos!
What a wonderful place to visit with your camera!
I get angry and very sad when animals are badly treated!

Jorunn Norge

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Really lovely photos Eileen--What a beautiful place to visit. I'm just sorry that it ended with the mistreatment of a pelican--I hope it was okay, and don't know what I would have done, probably the same as you.

I hope your weekend is off to a good start!

Betsy Adams said...

I lived in Venice in the early '70's and I don't remember this area. Neat rookery. Reminds me of the little island at Biltmore.

Sad about the pelican. I probably would have said something to the fisherman --but then again, maybe not. He may have attacked me!

Hugs,
Betsy

bailey-road.com said...

How wonderful to see all those birds and their nests! I hope the fishermen removed the hook from the poor pelican.

TexWisGirl said...

sure hope the pelican got released w/o hook!

love the rookery on the island. giving them space but lots of viewing potential.

Pam ;) said...

Hi Eileen, great shots of the nesting birds in Florida. Sneaky snakes will steel the bird eggs.

I think you did the right thing by not confronting the fishermen about abusing the helpless pelican.
Hopefully they will get a hook struck in their mouth someday and be treated the same way!

Great post Eileen- have a happy weekend.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful rookery shots. It is amazing and wonderful to see various species together that way!!

I am so disturbed to see those fishermen mistreat the pelican. I've seen one caught by accident once, but those guys were good sportsmen and carefully released it. I would be afraid these days to confront them, anyone would would do that is probably unstable to say the least.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh and that is a black snake I'm sure. We had one crawling up the porch of the house next door earlier this week. They're not poisonous. (although, not being totally sure, I wouldn't mess with one.)

Happyone said...

Wonderful photos as usual.
Sad about the pelican but since you didn't see him I hoping he flew away and was fine.
I guess I would have asked the fishermen what happened to the pelican. Maybe it wasn't as bad as it looked. Perhaps he was just holding him mouth closed while the freed him from the fishing line.

Maria said...

If they grabbed the pelican it was to take the hook out I believe. And that's what you're supposed to do.

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!OMG!!A snake!!!!How wonderful to see all those birds and their nests!!!!Beautiful photos as always!!!Have a lovely weekend!Hugs!
Dimi..

Karen said...

Lovely shots, sometimes we can't do anything in such situations.

pattisjarrett said...

Great post! I had no idea so many of those large birds would nest in close proximity. I hope the pelican wasn't being mistreated. Thanks for sharing all those baby birds with us!

NatureFootstep said...

that tree is really crowded. Somewhat like a skyscraper. What a sight!

Then the last incident spoils it all. Didn´t it? I would probably have reacted the same way you did.

HansHB said...

Great serie of photos!

Montanagirl said...

Nice photos and collages (as always!). I believe I'd have put that photo in the newspaper so others could see and identify who was mistreating the Pelican.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

We can only hope it was released unharmed. Otherwise, lovely shots of your visit.

George said...

It must have been an amazing experience to see so many nesting birds in such a small area. Your photos are wonderful -- with the possible exception of the black snake.

Sophie A. said...

I am impressed! wonderful set of animal shots. that snake looks really scary!

Sandy Carlson said...

So much beautiful life, Eileen. Thanks!

ladyfi said...

Amazing shots from the rookery...

How sad to see people abusing pelicans...

Indrani said...

Oh! The last shot is shocking and painful!

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
Like you I am often impressed by the variety of bird species reproducing together so closely in heronries!
A magnificent and noisy show with fights breaking out and lovely scenes of parenting!
Great images!
The snake is harmless, it is a grass snake, quick reflexes you've had!!
Cheers!

Mary said...

Such great photos! Gorgeous!
... i hope also the best for the pelican...

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi!!! .. What a nice place to explore... Beautiful pictures .. Greetings from Madrid ..

Anni said...

Yesterday, after I had posted a comment for you while in my Hootin' Anni's admin, I went walking along the bay here in town, and saw about 6 or 7 herons at the tree tops...thought of your post here.

Hope your weekend is going well Eileen.

rainfield61 said...

You always have a very successful bird watching session.

Hope that it will be a same one this week.

Gary said...

Great shot of the bunting in that header. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

The Furry Gnome said...

Can't believe you've got birds like that so close. Hope the pelican's ok. Love your bright blue header; it's one of the most distinctive I've seen.

Furry Gnome

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful shots of the birds. The snake is kind of beautiful. So sad about the pelican. I hope they let it go. I don't understand why people mistreat animals and birds, it's just awful.

diane b said...

It always amazes me to see such big birds nesting in trees. You would think that they would topple out. Is the snake poisonous? Sad about the fishermen and the pelican.

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of all kinds of birds.
I hate what they do with the pelican.
I would report the matter to the police animals.
Regards, Irma

Jemma said...

Eileen,
What a wonderful journey! I am sorry about the Pelican-makes me sad too. I have always been intrigued by shore birds and such. Growing up in Idaho the Sandhill Crane was a frequent visitor and I found him to be so interesting.
Thank you for sharing!
Jemma

lina@family tips said...

Enjoying your shots as always :)
Thanks for dropping by.

magiceye said...

Brilliant captures!!

Sanna said...

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Quiet Paths said...

Wonderful rookery photos. There is one Great Blue rookery we visit on the Missouri River which I love. We always keep our distance when we are in the canoe. Your photos are lush and colorful.

eden said...

Oh my.. I am scared of the snake..It is a beautiful place with lots of birds to see.

Carole M. said...

Hi Eileen, I started to make comment on this post over the weekend but had been away from home and using my little 7" tablet which isn't ideal to type up much in way of comment; I gave up. I wanted to say that I felt most distressed too seeing and reading your comments on what you saw with the fishermen and the pelican. If I'd seen that, and with your photo as evidence, I would present it to local paper perhaps, (shame them!), but firstly, to some animal rights society that could handle the matter. They shouldn't get away with that cruelty. It must've made you feel very unhappy and difficult to enjoy the rest of your outing there after that....

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

My heart hurts thinking of that pelican's mistreatment. :( Hope he's okay. Enjoyed your shots of the rookery, especially the babies. Rookeries always make me think of a hippie commune. Hee. Hope you have a great week!

Icy BC said...

OMG...you did such a fantastic job as photographed them! These birds I don't see often!

Saun said...

Oh my gosh that is horrible ! Not sure what I would've done maybe printed the photo with what you seen. Then hang it up by the pier for everyone to see.

Zizi Santos said...

Sempre encantador vir aqui.
Adorei as imagens dos passaros e
sua menina nadando no rio.
Zizi

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