Viera Wetlands, 12/8/2012



This morning I decided to drive down to Viera Wetlands. When I arrived it was very foggy. I was somewhat disappointed, since I couldn’t photograph anything any distance away without losing detail. So of course, this is is when the decided to appear. I found it perched on one of the dead trees.

It was not that far away, and on a clear morning, I think it would have given me some very nice photos, but this morning, I had to shoot through through the fog. There were many other nice things to find here, though. A was very cooperative, as was an American Bittern. Later on I found aRaccoon near the edge of the water. After making my first pass around the wetlands, the fog had pretty much cleared, so I decided to make another pass and hope that the falcon was still around.

It was not. But, while looking for it, I saw a flash of blue-gray and another flash of brown. I looked over and found an American Bittern with a frog in its mouth being chased by a . The bittern landed a little ways off, but then the heron decided to try to steal the frog a second time and the bittern flew right toward me, still with the frog in its mouth. One of my shots came out very sharp.

It may be my favorite photo of the year. Other highlights from the morning were an American , a Great Blue Heron beginning to think about its nest, and three at the click ponds. I also found one that appears to have a bill deformity–the upper mandible appears to be bent.

Peregrine Falcon in the Fog

Caspian Terns in the Fog

Brown-headed Cowbird

American Bittern

Common Yellowthroat

American Bittern with Frog

American White Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Limpkin with Bill Deformity

Bufflehead

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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