This bashful Cardinal was waiting for his turn at the feeder in Merritt Island Wildlife Visitor Center.
And on my way home I found this Bird of Paradise flower. Generally they are pretty beat up and scraggly looking but this one looked great so I just had to grab a photo of it.
Just before I left this hawk was sitting on the branch of a pine tree.
He is feeling pretty good as he struts away.
As he came closer I got this shot.
Here I caught him "red-handed" with a feather in his beak.
I finally got a picture of a Crested Caracara. This is a large bird that is a scavenger and I found him along side the road eating some dead bird along with a few buzzards.
He sees something that looks like it might be worth pursuing. "READY...
At the same time some of his friends are out fishing.
This great blue heron stands guard as the sun comes up.
This little Tri-colored heron has a good vantage point from which to spot fish.
This little female King Fisher posed for a long time as a number of photographers photographed her. Occasionally she would swoop down and grab a fish but would always returned to this perch.
This is what the Viera Wetlands looks like early in the morning. It is made up of a number of cells or areas of water surrounded by roads (of sorts). This is the first cell as you enter the wetlands.
Here I once again made a 7 shot HDR image to remove all the dark black shadows in the upper part of the image.
Here we have a White Ibis looking for breakfast. He/she stirs up the water looking for food and in the process exposes small fish to other birds. This young heron follows the Ibis knowing that he will reap rewards.
A Snowy Egret strutting his stuff on a cold windy morning.
This Snowy Egret lands and scares the heron away as he also wants to take advantage of the work that the Ibis is doing.
Down the hatch.
Here is the result of him following the Ibis.
On the other side of the feeder was this female Painted Bunting.
This is a male Painted Bunting - I sure wish we had these little guys in Wisconsin.
From this photo it appears as if he/she was successful.
It is so rare that I see an owl that when I do I just can't resist taking a lot of pictures of then.
This proud eagle was perched on top of a dead tree in Viera Wetlands.
This little Loggerhead Shrike was more than willing to pose for a photograph.
This Barred Owl is calling for their mate - actually I'm not sure as he/she may be calling for Arnold's IPad.
Another poise of the Barred Owl.
A Red Shouldered Hawk looking for lunch.
This is a Barred Owl that was on Moccasin Track, as well as all of the rest of the photos of Barred Owls.
WARNING - RATING IS "XXX". This is what it is all about. It won't be long before there will be eggs and then little ones.
It wasn't long before he was joined by a female companion. He is a good looking guy, but she isn't bad either. When she gets exited the tuft on the back of her head raises up and is really cool.
This white pelican was swimming around in Cape Canaveral Lock. They are repairing the locks at this time so with no boats moving about the water was extremely calm allowing for a nice reflection.
This eagle saw me the minute I stopped the car.