Where did all these vultures come from??!!

This Black Vulture above, at Merritt Island NWR Nature Center, appeared to be drying off his feathers in the manner of Cormorants and Anhingas. Another visitor said he’d seen the bird emerge from the water just beforehand – a behavior I have never observed, though Black Vultures are very common here in Florida. But the […]

Hmmm, let’s see ….What’s for breakfast?

“Whether wheeling over a swamp forest or whistling plaintively from a riverine park, a Red-shouldered Hawk is typically a sign of tall woods and water.”  (All About Birds-Red-Shouldered Hawk). This handsome Hawk was definitely in his element. He was perched high up in a tree on the edge of the forest surrounding the beautiful marshy […]

‘The Obligation to Endure’

β€œOnly within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species – man – acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world.” Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (1962) May we always have the insight to appreciate the beauty of this world and the wisdom to protect it. Wishing all my blogging […]

Two beautiful days at Merritt Island NWR

Actually, the first day was completely overcast, quite chilly and very windy – but beautiful nonetheless! We were treated to sightings of many of the Merritt Island ‘regulars’, only a few of which are pictured here. White Ibis and Cattle Egrets like those above were ubiquitous, and groups of Roseate Spoonbills gathered in the shallow, […]