The Sunshine State

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This week’s photo, taken December 25, 2014 at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Viera, Florida, features the wonderfully bizarre ANHINGA. Within the United States, this cormorant-like, snake-like, dinosaur-like creature is normally found only in the Southeast.

We just spent the holidays visiting my brother in Titusville (Central Florida’s Atlantic Coast area). The birding in the Sunshine State is outstanding, especially when you don’t normally bird in that area of the country. By the way, Titusville hosts a birding festival every year in late January. For more information, go to: http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org

Some (but not all) of the birds we enjoyed in Central Florida:

NORTHERN GANNET

MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD

ANHINGA

AMERICAN BITTERN

LITTLE BLUE HERON

TRI-COLORED HERON

ROSEATE SPOONBILL

WHITE IBIS

GLOSSY IBIS

BLACK VULTURE

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK

PAINTED BUNTING

Happy new bird, everyone!

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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2 Responses to The Sunshine State

  1. Great, we are freezing to death in Seattle and YOU are in Florida.

  2. Chris says:

    No Limpkin?

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