Coral Cove and Jupiter Inlet are two of my favorite beach outings. Coral Cove’s 14 acres of breathtaking beach are located on Jupiter Island. Coral Cove offers some of the best examples of natural limestone formations in Florida. This beach is fun to photograph with the waves crashing over and though the limestone rocks. The shore birds seem to love this area as well.
Jupiter Inlet is a beautiful waterway leading out to the Atlantic Ocean. The Inlet offers fishing, boating, picnicking and is a great spot for watching and photographing the birds.
Bird sighting on this day:
Sanderling can be seen chasing receding waves on ocean beaches, and running away from them when they return. They breed in the high Arctic and winter along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts from Canada to Argentina. They are fun to observe and photograph.
Ruddy Turnstones are stocky, brightly patterned shorebirds (non-breeding, not so much) that can be seen actively pecking, probing, and flipping over stones and other objects along rocky shores – as their name suggests they breed on rocky arctic coasts and tundra.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park(JDSP) established in 1950 covers over 11,500 acres of beautiful habitat, which includes sand pine scrub, pine flat woods, mangroves, and river swamps. The Loxahatchee River, Florida’s first federally designated wild and scenic river runs through the park.
An interesting bit of history about JDSP is that during WWII the army established a top secret radar training school called Camp Murphy that was located on current park property. Land had been quickly and summarily purchased or condemned and taken from landowners in order to conduct this training. (I guess once taken it is never given back.)
More than 1,000 buildings quickly sprang up and more than 6,000 personnel were stationed at the camp, which had its own power plants, sewer system, church and theater. Camp Murphy was shut down after only two years of operation.
I now realize why there are so many old paved and unused roads throughout the park. They were built when the Army built Camp Murphy and are used today as biking, hiking and walking paths.
Everyday, we have the pleasure of experiencing the varied terrain that these park trails have to offer. In years past we have seen river otter, snakes, alligators, rabbits and numerous species of birds including the Florida Scrub Jay. We have heard, but have not seen coyotes and find evidence of wild pigs also never seen in the park, but have seen them along the highway.
Hopefully, through these photos you will get a feel for this unique and beautiful park.
“At last a glint of sun reveals the approach of a great echelon of birds. On motionless wings they emerge from the lifting mists, sweep a final arc of sky, and settle in clamorous descending spirals to their feeding grounds. A new day has begun on the crane marsh.”–Aldo Leopold
Look what you might see while driving around Hobe Sound, Florida!
These Sandhill Cranes were wondering around a neighborhood we were driving through. The warm climate and abundant food supply must draw them to this area.
They did not show any concern when I got out of the car to take a few photos, which truthfully surprised me. Of course I did not approach them too closely.