Thursday, November 24, 2016

Merritt Island NWR

Hello,

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 I wish everyone in the USA a very Happy Thanksgiving. I have much to be thankful for and I hope this Thanksgiving you too have plenty of reasons to give thanks. Speaking of giving thanks, I also want to thank Theresa for being such a great host with the Good Fence meme. Theresa has always been a wonderful blogger and always there commenting on my blog and on everyone's blog. Theresa and her blog post will be missed, I am still hoping she pops in once in while with a new post. Theresa, I wish you all the best.

These images are from Oct 27th, a visit to Merritt Island NWR and Canaveral National Seashore. The mosaic below are from the trail at the Merritt Island NWR visitor center. We left early enough we stopped at Cocoa Beach for the sunrise.

BTW, if you are in the Florida area the Space Coast Birding festival  is happening on Jan 25th  thru the 30th. The festival sounds like a great time, especially for the birders. Check out the link for all the activities planned.


We saw some pretty colors in the sky, pinks and greens. It looked like a sundog but different.


The boardwalk trail at the Merritt Island NWR visitor center. I like the reflection of the boardwalk fence.


We saw a lot of Little Blue Herons.


A mixed flock of White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbills and Egrets were feeding in this one spot.



 I have more images from Merritt Island NWR and will share them on one of my critter posts. I hope you enjoyed this series. Thank you for your visit and comments on my post. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!


Here is a list of linky parties for part of the week, I hope to see you there.


Thanks to Theresa @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences.
Thank you to Sylvia, Yogi and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.

67 comments:

Sue said...

Loved the beautiful sky colors and those Spoonbills are sure hilarious.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, Eileen

Christine said...

Hello Eileen! How wonderful to be able to view such a glorious sunrise! A magical way to start your day!
I love those spoonbills! Great photos!
Have a lovely day!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Lindas e belas fotografias, gostei bastante.
Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.
Andarilhar

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Wow - I love the colors in the sky! Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Tom said...

Those Roseate Spoonbills are so interesting.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow...a treasure trove of beauty!
I would love to be at the festival, but Bud and I are not much on long travel any more. Hope you attend and then share with us.

Have a happy thanksgiving.

Sandra said...

I love the spponbill, and so many beautiful birds out there

Mascha said...

Marvellous skies! But most I like the photo of blue herons.
Happy Thanksgiving :-)

Sandi said...

The bridge picture fires the imagination. I am wondering where it leads and what comes next!

Happy Thanksgiving, Eileen.



Margaret Adamson said...

Yes Eileen, Tex Will be sadly missed and like you I do hope locationally she pops the post in for us to see how she's doing and those ducks and horses and dogs are doing. This is another lovely pleased you have visited and I love all the skies and the wonderful selection of Birch that you saw

TexWisGirl said...

thank you, eileen, for your loyal posts, link-ins, visits and for hosting, too. you are the best of bloggers - even when you worked full-time. you continue to share beauty here, whether in md or fl. blessings, always, for a happy and healthy life.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Wishing you all the very best for Thanksgiving Eileen... those sky photos are gorgeous! YAM xx

Kerri Farley said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What amazing birds you saw! It was so exciting to see the spoonbills for the first time in the wild! We go to Canaveral from New Smyrna and enter from the North...Apollo Beach. It's our FAVORITE beach, as you know! Happy Thanksgiving my friend. I'm so glad you are down here in FL soaking up the sun! Keep that camera handy! Hugs, Diane

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Happy Thanksgiving

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely to see all those spoonbills!

The strange light in the clouds in the 2nd photo might be what is known as 'mother of pearl cloud' it certainly looks beautiful

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) Beautiful skies, boardwalk views, and the shot of the Spoonbills is fab.:) Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and many blessings to you and your family.:)

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
marvelous photos of the sundown or sksywatch.
Happy Thanksgiving to you !
Best, Synnöve

Country Gal said...

Beautiful . Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family !

Giga said...

Beautiful birds are behind the fence. They can admire the sky and walk. * I will be very, very missed Teresa. Best regards and have a nice afternoon.

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, what interesting birds the Roseate Spoonbills are. I reiterate all you say about Tex. She will be greatly missed and I wish her well. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend. Greetings Jo

Suzanne Prickett said...

Just beautiful pictures, Eileen. You find groups of birds and ducks who are just glad to have their photos taken. The spoonbills with egrets are amazing! The skies are amazing. Happy Thanksgiving. Have a great weekend.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely nature photography as always ~ thanks for commenting and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and weekend ~ xox

Small City Scenes said...

The sky shots are beautiful. Love the Rosy Spoonbills---interesting.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Enjoy!
MB

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,


Lovely post again and again!
The small blue herons are so beautiful.

Happy Thursday and Thanksgiving!

Linda said...

Absolutely gorgeous and magical, dear Eileen! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful clouds and wildlife around you Eileen.

Alexa T said...

Magnifique and dramatic sunset and lovely birds, as always! These aspects are stunning to observe and admire in nature following the trail! I never seen before a pink roseate spoonbills, I think...
Many thanks for sharing them with all of us and I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and family! Happy celebration!

krishna said...

so many beautiful spoonbills..
Happy Thanksgiving..

ellen b said...

Wonderful series of shots, Eileen, and Good Fences. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Happyone said...

Love those sky pictures and the wooden foot bridge which always makes me want to take a walk. : )
A Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Thank You for all those comments you leave on my blog.

Phil Slade said...

You have some wonderful skies there Eileen. We don't have any spoonbills here in the UK so to see your Rosy clooured ones is a real treat. Enjoy the rest of your week and catch up with you Saturday.

RedPat said...

I envy these wonderful sunny days you are going to have this winter, Eileen! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, A wonderful post today! I enjoyed all your photos! Can't pick just one favorite but the two sky photos are simply great! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Thank you for sharing, as always, and for your kind words on my blog. Best regards from Seattle!

amo sin blogg said...

Nydelige bilder av flott natur !

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Wonderful post. Yes, we shall certainly miss "Tex"! Your post today is especially great with those spoonbills! Wow! I think I want to go and visit this refuge. I never have been there. Looks super. By the way, more and more egrets are on the little lake here - about 50+! I think many will keep on trucking South. Have a super Thanksgiving!

Jedidja said...

Hoi Eileen, thanks for your kind comment on my blog and I a wishing you a Good Day too. I love the two photos with the sky on it. They are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing them ( and also the other pics).

Linda W. said...

Great shots of the birds! Those spoonbills are really cool. Happy Thanksgiving!

Daniela said...

Hope you're enjoying your Thanksgiving Day with gladness,
dearest Eileen,
I'm sending hugs and more hugs to you,
with utmost Gratitude for another stunning post of yours, blessed be !

Xx Dany

Martin Kloess said...

Enjoyed these pictures. Look forward to the rest

The Yum List said...

Happy Thanksgiving Eileen! Hope you were able to spend it with people you love.

Deborah said...

Beautiful Photos!

Indrani said...

Happy thanksgiving to you and all your loved ones.
Great series of captures! The dark clouds give a very dramatic effect.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful pics of trip to the sanctuary. Thank you for the heads up about Theresa. She is indeed a great and generous blogger who comments a lot and has a great meme. I don't often check it out because I host the SWF on the same day. I will be checking in on her last post.

Rose said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have had an enjoyable day.

Nice bird photograpy...

Rajesh said...

Beautiful set of images.

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful pics.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Greetings.

thomas said...

You caught a lovely sky

Lady Fi said...

Such gorgeous shots! Theresa will be missed a lot!

Nancy Chan said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Eileen! Pretty sky and lovey birds from the island.

Crissi said...

Beautiful shots dear Eileen!
Happy blesses weekend
hug Crissi

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Bom dia, lindo céu de inverno que é sinonimo do ar frio, as fotos são encantos.
Bom fim de semana,
AG

jandi said...

gorgeous sky shots! I hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving!

troutbirder said...

One of my favorite places in the world for birding...:) Thanks.

Missy George said...

Beautiful skies..Love the wooden foot bridge and the birdies..Happy weekend..

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I love your birds, Eileen, and hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

It's been a while since I was in Florida (where I was born: Broward Country Memorial I think they called it, I thought in Ft. Lauderdale...maybe all the names/locations are changed now). I love all the animals and plants year round. But the bugs and humidity would get me nowadays.
~

Helma said...

Hi Eileen,
In the Netherlands we do not know as at you the phenomenon of Thanksgiving Day. What we have here is a day of thanksgiving harvest in the regions. Beautiful pictures lets you see the clouds. The pink spoonbills I find some really special. In the Netherlands they have only white spoonbills.
I wish you a nice weekend.
Greetings, Helma

Debbie said...

image #2 is sensational, the colors are so pretty!! happy belated thanksgiving to you and the family, i barely got on the computer yesterday!!!

Al said...

Such a beautiful place - I love the ocean.

Amy Franks said...

very impressive spot, have an awesome thanks giving :-)

Lowcarb team member said...

I hope you had a happy thanksgiving.

Yes, I shall miss my visits to Theresa's blog and seeing all the great fences from far and wide ... like many others have said I hope she still pops into see us from time to time.

Once again all your images are lovely and I like them all, especially the reflection of the boardwalk fence.

Sending my good wishes

All the best Jan

Pauline W said...

Beautiful images, as always, Eileen. Love those spoonbills. Have never seen a real live one. The walkway reflection just stills the soul.

Cloudia said...

Your sky shots and spoonbills blew me AWAY, Eileen. I agree with all you said about Teresa Tex. She will be missed. But I will always shoot fences and gates

KL said...

Loved the last picture especially. Wow! you are so lucky to be living in Florida. You get to see so many such wild things. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Hope you all enjoying it much :-)

Ela said...

Beautiful skies and fantastic photos !!
Happy weekend !

Lynne said...

Wonderful photos . . .
Great Good Fence reflection!

NatureFootstep said...

love the spoonbills :)