Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday's Critters #162


Saturday's Critters #162



Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.


We visited Pelican Island NWR on 11/11/16, located near Vero Beach Florida. We left early enough in the morning for a stop at Vero Beach to see the sunrise and then it was off for our hike at Pelican Island NWR.


Pelicans flying over the Atlantic Ocean at Vero Beach Florida.


A pretty sunrise at Vero Beach.


A couple of Sanderlings with a Ruddy Turnstone on Vero Beach. The birds almost blend in with the sand and seaweed.


A juvenile Night Heron, my guess is a Black Crowned Night Heron? Do you agree?


A White Pelican and a Cormorant in the distance at Pelican Island NWR.


A Great Blue Heron with a distant Brown Pelican.


A Tricolored Heron seen on the trail at the Pelican Island NWR.


A Great Egret seen on the trail.


The White Ibis were also seen on the trail, some let us walk by others flew off.



There is a memorial for the wildlife refuge system at the Pelican Island NWR





As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!


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.

71 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

It was worth getting up early to see that sunrise. Fabulous Eileen. A wonderful place to havaa hike round adn marvellous birds to see adn great shots of them. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a super weekend.

GreenComotion said...

Hi Eileen-
Beautiful sunset shots and the photos of the birds are really lovely.
Thanks for hosting.
Have a Happy Weekend!!
Peace :)

Mosura said...

Great spot and great birds. The only one I'm familiar with is the Ruddy turnstone. We get those here.

NatureFootstep said...

I love the first image. That is FREEDOM, right? To sail the ocean. :)

Thanks for hosting :)

doodles n daydreams said...

Hello Eileen, your nature shots are always so interesting, I always enjoy them and wish I could do as well :)

Diana

Sonja said...

It looks like another great spot to visit with some interesting birds.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Eileen,
Wondertful pictures. Nice all these different kind of birds.
The shot with the sunrise is really amazing.

Kind regards,
Marco

Giga said...

A wonderful place to walk. Various beautiful and interesting birds. In addition, sunrise charmed me. Have a nice weekend.

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

What a wonderful hike! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Beautiful birds and sunrise! White Ibis are so pretty.
Happy Saturday,and enjoy your weekend.

Sue said...

What a lovely spot. Pelicans have always been my favorite---I have no idea why. Certainly not their beauty-it's a face only a mother could love. But they are enjoyable to watch. I'm getting so antsy to get out to Nebraska and see them.....but that's a long time off. They're busy visiting Eileen right now. Teehee!

Florence said...

Love the pelicans riding riding the air currents, skimming the waves.

biebkriebels said...

I like those pelicans, we only see them in a Zoo here. But when I visited Florida long ago, I saw them in the wild there at the beaches, amazing.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Despite their ungainly appearance on the ground, those pelicans are masters of flight. That is a beautiful sunrise! The immature night-herons can be puzzling. Either this one is unusually pale or the photo may be slightly over-exposed, so the contrasting spotted appearance of the Black-crowned vs plain back of Yellow-crowned may not be very evident. Neck length, bill size and shape are again relative, but the bill is rather dark and short and the neck may be described as thin and longer than expected with Black-crowned, so I'll hazard a guess that it is a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

Tom said...

Eileen, such lovely warm and sunny scenes, enjoy your week.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Eileen....I would say YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON....the juvenile black crowned is much stockier than the yellow.

Here is a comparison jpg link, so you can see them side by side....
http://www.onthewingphotography.com/wings/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/yellow-crowned-black-crowned-night-heron-juvies-mia-mcpherson.jpg

Wandering Wren said...

Hello Eileen, I'm afraid I can't help with the heron, they all look gorgeous birds!
Have a lovely weekend and thank you for hosting!
Wren x

Jenn Jilks said...

We're in a frozen, melty mess!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Oh My,how GORGEOUS your sunrise photo at Vero Beach! I only can see Pelicans in our city park, well I remember wondered how their wild life would be :-) That's might be the first time I had interest in birds. I really wish to see the Ibis's long beak, haha.
Thank you very much for hosting and have a wonderful new week.

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

Nick V. said...

Great shots, Eileen, and I see you are also an early riser (I have a sunrise pic too!).
Thanks for hosting!

Debbie said...

pictures 1 and 2 are really my favorites this week. you are seeing some beautiful sunrises while i am sleeping!! loved the memorial, what a sweet idea!!!

i have no clue on the heron, sorry!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

There's nothing more beautiful than looking out over the ocean and seeing a flock of pelicans! And I love that juvenile heron. I'm having a special day! Sweet you later! Hugs, Diane

Cloudia said...

Have a sweet week, Eileen

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos . Oh you have a photo of the sun something we haven't seen here for over a week as it has been dreary gloomy and rainy . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

Sandra said...

I love pelicans and the sight of them floating over the water makes me happy

weekend-windup said...

Beautiful sunrise shots! It was nice to see the reflection of the sun too. Beautiful birds:)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Love those first two shots!!

Linda W. said...

Beautiful sunrise photos! And I like the pelicans too.

Ela said...

Oh, that's a beautiful place to walk !!
I love your photos of the birds !!
Happy weekend !

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, beautiful sunrise and the birds are awesome. I love the wildlife memorial. Thanks for hosting this meme. I've linked up with no special critters - just wanted to be here with what I have! Have a great day. Jo

photodoug said...

Eileen, beautiful bird collection. Theodore Roosevelt’s foresight for America is still needed. Thanks for sharing.

Karen S. said...

Good morning Eileen, happy Saturday to you too, and enjoy your lovely critter friends and the day!

happyone said...

Wow wonderful photos again.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen,:) Such a delightful assortment of birds on Pelican Island, and I loved your sunrise, and pelicans in flight shots. Have a good birding year, and all the best.

Martha Miller Kasper said...

Beautiful. My duaghter and I hope to move back to Florida in the next few months, I miss the wildlife of Florida!

Daniela said...

Thank you dearest Eileen, your posts always make my day, since the nature you caught is such a blessing to me !

Enjoy your weekend, dearie !

With utmost gratitude,

Xx Dany

Al said...

Such pretty birds and a wonderful beach sunrise.

Linda said...

Eileen, I absolutely love this entire series! So many beautiful things! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you have a super weekend! :)

Suzanne Prickett said...

Hi Eileen. What a beautiful pastel scene with the pelicans in flight! All of the Herons and Pelicans photos are great! You can see how the large white pelican has his feet wrapped around the branch to hold on. Have a wonderful weekend!

jeannettestgermain said...

Your shots of birds are always remarkable, but this time the first one is my favorite:)

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous nature shots as always ~ love the sunrise/sunset photo ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

Sue (this n that) said...

Love the early morning shots and the pink glow on the sand - gorgeous.
Beautiful Herons and the Pelican caught my eye too, we love ours too here in the South East.
A great collection Eileen. Cheers to you :D)

RedPat said...

You are having a great birding time down there in Florida!

Martin Kloess said...

All these critters woke up at sunrise to be in your beautiful pictures? That's quite a compliment.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful post --- and a couple of new places for me to add to my 'must visit' list. Thank you!!

The Yum List said...

That's a great shot of the birds taking off.

Karen said...

This is a beautiful collection of photos. Thank you for hosting

Rose said...

Oh, Eileen...you sure have some great encounters with birds. I cannot help but love the pelican. they fascinate me.

Linda said...

You're making me want to to go to Assateague!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Wonderful snaps. I love the juvenile heron. Pretty rare around here. Have a good day tomorrow!

Anu said...

Great series of birds! Wonderful photos! I love most the photo of Tricolored heron.

Devilish Angel said...

Hi Eileen, I like that Tricolor heron. Nice photos. Happy Sunday!

Phil Slade said...

Good morning Eileen. Your early morning walk was very productive with that wonderful sunrise followed by a grand selection of birds. You've found some wonderful places to visit down there in the warm glow of Florida. I'm so jealous of your sunshine, but don't mind me, just have a beautiful time.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images of all birds, the sea birds, lovely. And the sun rises is astounding.

Anni said...

G'day Eileen...I want to send along my gratitude for your sharing this post with us bird enthusiasts at I'd Rather B Birdin'. Much appreciated!!

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, specially the pelicans flying over the water

Sandi said...



Eileen, these photos are so beautiful and calming. I think it's adorable how the heron's little feet are clutching that rock!







rainfield61 said...

Sun rises and Sun sets.

These birds enjoy all these.

Sussi said...

wonderful photos!

Lois said...

Fabulous photos Eileen! I haven't been to Vero Beach in a long time.

Maggee said...

Gosh, that looks like another place I would love to visit! So many great birds to see, not to mention the beautiful sunrise and just the great outdoors! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

Missy George said...

Beautiful sunset..Love the Pelican..Thanks for hosting ...ENjoy your day

A Colorful World said...

Awesome photos! Hope you have a great week...I'll try to link in again next Saturday!

Poppy said...

Hi Eileen,

Great photos of all the different birds who make their home in sunny Florida! I learn so much from visiting your blog about our feathered friends, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.

Poppy

Klara S said...

Amazing sunset and beautiful white pelican pictures.

Alexa T said...

While i'm looking now at these blue waters and all these birds, I hope one day to go and see some pelicans in the Delta Danube! Yours up-close pictures are stunning, as well the sunrise!! Thank you for hosting, once again! and have a very great week ahead!

Betty Crow said...

Loved your post. The White pelican is my favorite and the sunset, wow!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Trabalho fantástico.
Um abraço e boa semana.
Andarilhar || Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa || Livros-Autografados

amanda peters said...

Love seeing the birds you get to see... have a great week.
Amanda xx

Lowcarb team member said...

Some lovely photo's again Eileen.
I do agree the Sanderlings and the Ruddy Turnstone do blend so well with the sand and seaweed ...

The colour in the sunrise is beautiful.

I hope this new week has started well for you.

All the best Jan

Ana Freire said...

A great sequence of remarkable images, Eileen!
Beautiful that sunrise!
All the best!
Ana

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