I was just in Atlantic Beach, FL and saw the lovely Tideviews Preserve there. This area is a suburb of Jacksonville, FL and is right on a large river and very close to the Atlantic Ocean. This is basically a brackish tideland marsh.
I saw a lot of tiny crabs along the path in the dirt and a few on the boardwalk. They scattered when I approached. I also spotted a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron; and several Great Egrets while I was there at about 10:30am which was an incoming tide towards a high tide. I have been told that many more birds can be seen there during the low tide, including Roseate Spoonbills. So, perhaps the next time I am there I will hope to go during a low or even minus tide. It was a fun visit even though I did not see very many birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Egrets in the Trees
Scenic view down the marsh canal from the boardwalk pier
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron
This Little Blue Heron was hunting for its dinner in the shallow waters on the marshland edge of Lake Sumter in The Villages, Florida at “Sunrise Point”.
The Little Blue Heron like its larger cousin, the Great Blue Heron, eats fish, frogs, crayfish, small turtles, aquatic snails, water fowl eggs, mice, and larger insects. I did not see this particular bird actually get any prey but it sure did try! I had a good view from a raised wooden deck platform in the park and also from the lawn on another part of the small park on the edge of the marsh.
The Little Blue Heron is a small purple-blue heron that often has a juvenile white phase where it closely resembles an egret. I really enjoyed watching this bird and am thrilled to live near many ponds and lakes where there are many wading and water birds around. I took these pictures last night at dusk (November 2, 2015). Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
These two Black Vultures were spotted in the mysterious jungle-like Dora Canal area near Lake Eustis in Lake County, Florida. The Black Vultures live in Florida and in other states along the Gulf of Mexico. These birds also are found in Mexico, around Central America and all the way down into South America.
Like the other Vultures, these are nature’s clean up squad. Even though they are buzzards, they are handsome big birds. I took these pictures during a day-long boat trip around several lakes canals and the Dead River in central Florida on April 25, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! Wishing all Moms a happy Mother’s Day on Sunday!