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birding in Florida

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There were feeding birds of some sort almost wherever I stopped the car…

This third segment of my Florida birding sojourn involves parts of Merritt Island,  a refuge east of Titusville, south of Daytona and within eyesight of Cape Canaveral.

After driving up from Wakodahatchee, I got a place to stay, dumped some gear and made it out for a couple of late afternoon hours to  Merritt Island and chose one of the  more commonly used (and paved) driving tours you can take around the managed impoundments of the preserve.  Black Point I think it’s called.  I stopped in at the park headquarters and store to purchase the Bill Pranty guide to Florida birding.  The next morning at sunrise there was a thin layer of ice on the back window of my rental and I was eager to drive back to the island to run the less-travelled coral and dirt loops along the southern side of the preserve.  [click to continue...]

Vineyard Birder Gives Florida a Looksee

by Lanny McDowell on March 15, 2009

This blog is the first in a series that uses Avian Art to showcase bird photography of mine that was produced on a recent two week stay in Florida, which gave me a few days to head out on my own to find birds and capture some images.  I will take my birding audience, and anyone who else who tags along, to a few Florida birding hotspots.

Folks on Martha’s Vineyard care a lot about their Piping Plover summer residents and so do Floridians care about their Piping Plover winter residents.   Just before I headed down to Miami I was invited to go out on a small boat out of Stuart on the day after I arrived in Florida, under the guidance of the local Audubon Society, to take photographs of the  plovers that winter on tidal sandbars near mangrove islands in the estuary system that connects the Intracoastal Waterway and the jettied entrance to the Stuart harbor system and the Atlantic Ocean.  A few Piping Plovers had previously been observed and they numbered in the low teens.  Our job was to find them, count them; and my mission [click to continue...]