Monday, January 13, 2020

Our World, My World

 Hello, happy Monday everyone!


After Hilton Head SC, we headed south to our next stop on our trip which was Palm Coast Florida. We spent 5 nights Dec 22-27, near Flagler Beach. We took days trip from there to various parks and beaches. 

My luck of having good weather on trips was not so good this time. The day we arrived it was cloudy, very windy and we had some rain showers off and on.  My hubby loves watching a rough ocean with lots of big waves.




 A mixture of gulls and terns on the beach.



While hubby was watching the ocean waves, I was watching group after group of Pelicans flying by. 



We drove often on the A1A, the road that hugs the coast from St Augustine down to Daytona Beach.  Below we stopped at a beach park in Ormond Beach, watched the waves, surfers, lots of Brown Pelicans, Gulls and Terns. 


 There are parking areas along the A1A coastal road to pull over and walk the beach.


 Checking out the group of gulls and terns, I found a Sandwich Tern. They are smaller than the Royal Tern but larger than a Common Tern. They have  have dark bill with a yellow tip.


A larger image of the Sandwich Tern, showing off its yellow tip bill.





Beach visitors are encouraged to look for the whales along the coast, especially the rare Right Whale. The sign reads to look for the v-shaped spray from the whales blowhole. I did not see any whales or even a dolphin during this trip to Florida.


A view of the Ormond Beach, another beach along the coastal road and the surfers riding the waves.  The Florida Birding trail is a map sharing various locations you can find birds. Driving around Florida you can see the Florida Birding trail signs pointing out a location you can watch the birds.




 Please check out and visit the following memes and links. I hope to see you there. 


Thanks to Angie the host of  Mosaic Monday


Thanks to LadyFi  the host of Our World Tuesday!


Thanks for visiting and commenting, have a happy day and a great new week!

90 comments:

  1. Tão lindas as fotos sempre e adorei as aves em bando voando juntas! Linda semana! beijos, tudo de bom,chica

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  2. ...I hear the beach calling me!

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    1. LOL, me too! Thank you for the visit and comment! Wishing you a great day and new week!

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  3. There is just something about the ocean.

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    1. Hello Sandi, thank you for the visit and comment! Wishing you a great day and new week!

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  4. Actually, at the shore, bad weather for humans is often good for birding. Storms out at sea drive some species inshore and the unexpected can become commonplace for a brief period. I have seen Wilson's Storm Petrels while standing on a beach in New Jersey,

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    1. Hello David, I have heard the rare birds show up at the shore during or after a storm. A good time to be there for the sightings. Thank you for the visit and comment! Wishing you a great day and new week!

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  6. While I love serene, blue sea, I really enjoy dramatic sea and sky in the moody weather, so atmospheric. Watching and photographing pelicans must have been fun.

    Yoko

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  7. There is such awesome beauty in both calm and dramatic seas, isn’t there. I’ve read that these Right Whales were viewed as the right whale to hunt and they frequently still get tangled in nets. So now, with so few left of any sort there are no wrong whales in the world.

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    1. Hello, the hunting to the point of extinction is just awful. The wildlife on earth today does not stand a chance. It is sad! I appreciate your opinion and comment. Wishing you a great day and new week!

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  8. Hello Eileen!

    Beautiful photos! You have so many places to visit. Florida looks great. Whales are big and beautiful animals. The Sandwich Tern are very pretty.
    Have a nice day!

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    1. Hello Marit! Thanks for the visit and comment. Wishing you a great day and new week!

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  9. Dear Eileen, I've tried for days to post on your blog. My Internet is very sketchy at times. Thank you for your kind comment on my post today. I've missed being on Blogger and intend to post regularly now. Have a great day. Jo

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    1. Hello Jo, Thanks so much for your visit and comment. Wishing you a great day and new week!

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  10. The sky adds to the scene. Such a beautiful place to visit and explore!

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    1. Hello Marie, thank you for the visit and comment. Wishing you a great day and new week!

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  11. Very beautiful photos, Eileen!
    You took us on a special trip!
    Wishing you a nice week!

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  12. The beach is beautiful and the birds seem to love it regardless of the weather. Have a wonderful day and new week.

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  13. our most favorite part of FL is from Flager south to Smryma Beach, we intended to retire there but never made it. bob loves those big and loud roaring waves and I am the pelican lover/watcher. they jut amazing me floating on the currents of air, like in these photos... I can hear the waves and smell the salt

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    1. Hello Sandra,

      Watching the pelicans is one of my favorite things at the beach. Thanks for the visit and comment. Wishing you a great day and new week!

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  14. I so enjoy visiting your "house" and finding such wonderful photos! Thank you for your visit and wishing you a wonderful week!

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  15. Hari OM
    What a beautiful beach post today!!! I understand your hubby's pull to the pounding waves... and am impressed with your Sandwich Tern spot!!! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you Yam! Wishing you a great day and new week!

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  16. The weather may not have been good but you still got some great pics, Eileen!

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    1. Thank you Pat! Have a great day and new week!

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  17. Rather a shame about the weather and you not seeing the whales Eileen. Sill, you did get some super pictures of the terms and pelicans. I really like the Sandwich Tern shot.

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  18. you have a good eye eileen and great knowledge of the different shore birds. the sandwich term was a great spotting, i don't know if i would have been able to pick it out of a crowd...but now i will!!

    a great capture of the pelicans in flight!!!

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    1. Hello Debbie, I am glad it was a smaller crowd of birds. I am not sure if I have the patience to check every bird in a large group. Thanks for the visit and comment. Wishing you a great day and new week!

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  19. Florida is still beautiful despite all the development that it's been subjected to! I just was there too but we were luckier in the weather.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  20. What An Amazing Sky - Wonderful Photos - Keep On Keeping On

    Cheers

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  21. Nothing like time at the beach even in poor weather!

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    1. Yes, I always love the beach! Thanks for the comment. Have a happy day and week ahead!

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  22. I am pleased to see the Sandwich Tern, which I did not know.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice new week ahead!

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  23. Hello Eileen
    a very nice report of this trip. The beach is also great to see. I am impressed by your pictures of the terns. You could also photograph it very nicely and even one from close by. A nice trip with beautiful photos.
    Enjoy a beautiful week.
    Greetings, Helma

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    1. Hello Helma, I do love the beach and the birds. Thanks for the comment. Have a happy day and week ahead!

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  24. Big skies and birds. What else do you need?!

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    1. Jenn, thanks for the comment. Have a happy day and week ahead!

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  25. Your shot of the pelicans is my favourite.

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  26. Lovely photos. Happy mosaic Monday

    Much📹love

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  27. I'm sure it was warm down there but that beach looks awfully cold to me that day!

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  28. Looks like you still found lots of birds, despite the not-so-great weather. And I also love watching the big waves!

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  29. It is exciting watching a storm at sea and the large waves crashing onto the shore. Enjoy your week.

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  30. Very nice. The Terns are interesting. They look alike but then again they don't.
    MB

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  31. I enjoy seeing pelicans whenever I'm at the beach.

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  32. Oh what a wonderful road trip! ~ Gorgeous beach and feathered friends photos!

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  33. Gosh, we were sort of in the same area at Christmas time and I know *exactly* what you mean about the weather. Bill is not a beach walk lover at the best of times, so our birding was definitely curtailed (it seemed kind of important to Be nice to him at that time of year, LOL) . Thanks for sharing your beach and bird scenes. I’m not *too* jealous because our weather will improve and we will get to the beach soon. Not St Augustine though... that’s a little too far except for the Holiday getaway! We like getting away at Christmas and have done since we started traveling.

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  34. Love the photos you captured with this moody weather. The skies are amazing. Love all the bird shots! The Sandwich Tern is a new one to me. Wonderful!

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  35. I would totally love seeing the pelicans...that would be the highlight of the trip for me.

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  36. I always feel bad when people come to visit and the weather is bad. It changes so much from day to day. This week it is unusually warm which is great for getting outside. I wish we were at the beach this week! Love your photos! Hugs!

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  37. I imagine Fl has had some of the same type weather patterns we've had here in SC so far a very rainy winter...like for days!! The Sandwich is one of my favorite terns and of course the tiny Least Tern.

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  38. gorgeous views. they were speaking on the news about some whale at the coastal areas of VA recently .. i bet that would be a great sight. have a blast this week. ( ;

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  39. Too see a whale off the coast would be awesome. I have always loved a stormy sea too... Would love some of that fresh air right now here in Melbourne!
    Wren x

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  40. Thank you for these great photos from your trip. Enjoy the rest of your week and in case I haven't said it before, Happy New Year! :)

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  41. Great photos, makes me want to go to the beach for a few days of relaxation. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. It doesn't look like you had the best of weather for this trip.

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  43. Eileen - the Florida coast is not one that would make me think "whales", so I am tickled to hear that they can be seen there. Cool! Lovely ocean shots. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  44. Wonderful seaside views Eileen - wishing a happy week.

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  45. I could use a little beach time right now.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  46. I like more sunny beaches than gloomy and rough in nature. But glad you and your hubby enjoyed this beach drive and bird watching along the Palm coast. Looks Florida is a water bird paradise as I have seen many posts from your visits to this state has lot water birds and critters. Lovely shots!

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  47. In my mind, nothing can beat the beach! Terrific road trip & photos Eileen.

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  48. Hi! Nice trip to Florida. The name of Daytona Beach is very popular in our country. It's very interesting to see the Sandwich Tern. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Beautiful photos! It looks like the rainy weather didn't stop your explorations. You'll have to plan another visit for a sunny day.

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  50. Wow, what a great place! I'm going to start dropping hints to go there.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Have a great week!

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  51. I would love to visit that site sometime, it looks beautiful.
    You have a good day!!

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  52. I really enjoyed all your photos by the water Eileen. Always something to watch and I do like to rug up and enjoy the not so calm days as well as the nice ones.
    Always lovely to read your thoughts, that coastal road trip sounds lovely. Hugs xx

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  53. Wonderful photos!
    I especially loved the pelicans shot.

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  54. Hello Eileen!

    Vilken spännande natur där det alltid finns något att upptäcka. Jag skulle också gärna stå vid stranden när det blåser hårt och njuta av vattnets rörelser.

    Ha det så gott!

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  55. Unas fotos estupendas de las aves. Se hacen compañía.
    La playa está preciosa Eileen.
    Te deseo un buen miércoles.
    Un abrazo.

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  56. Lovely pictures. Nice that you got to do some bird-watching while your husband got to watch some waves over the holidays. We also went to the seaside and one of those days was a stormy one! :)

    Happy 2020, Eileen.:)

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  57. Hi Eileen, like your husband I love watching the ocean on a wild wet windy day.. in fact I love everything about wet wintry days, I sometimes wonder why I'm living in a hot climate.. only kidding 😉 Excellent shots of the terms.

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  58. Wow! It must have been amazing to see so many pelicans!

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  59. wow i enjoyed seeing flying gulls all over dear Eileen :)

    gorgeous beach and water is captivating

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  62. Imagens belíssimas, dessa zona costeira! Com uma beleza muito natural e agreste!...
    Adorei as imagens das gaivotas e andorinhas do mar!...
    Beijinhos
    Ana

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