We took a boat ride in brother-in-laws boat, down the Intracoastal Canal in Hobe Sound, Florida and I was able to capture a few bird shots along the way. It is difficult taking photos with the waves lapping against the boat, but the challenge is fun. I hope you enjoy them.
It is great to see so many Osprey nesting here in southern Florida. Too bad we are heading north when the chicks begin to hatch!
At first glance thought this was an Egret, but after a closer look determined it was a Great Blue! Note the yellow legs and colors around the eyes and bill.
These guys don’t sit still long.
Pelicans are seen everywhere along the Intracoastal Canal; they love to snooze on pilings.
It was nice to see these Yellow-crowned Herons perched in the Mangroves.
Until next time….
Keep a sharp eye out for potential danger
Sharing with Michelle at Rambling Woods for Nature Notes
We visited the Hobe Sound Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center, which is located about two miles from Jonathan Dickinson State Park. We hiked the trails, walked on the beach and toured the Nature Center. We observed a Bald Eagle, Osprey and other birds. Here are two full time residents. I wasn’t able to learn exactly what happened to these two beauties, because the person that cares for them at the center was out of the building. It appears they might have broken wings.
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, was established September 30, 1969. It is a coastal refuge bisected by the Indian River Lagoon into two separate tracts of land totaling over 1000 acres. The 735 acre Jupiter Island tract provides some of the most productive sea turtle nesting habitat in the United States, and the 300 acre sand pine scrub mainland tract is valued because more than 90 percent of this community type has been lost to development in Florida. Sand pine scrub habitat is restricted only to Florida and an adjacent county in Alabama.
A few days ago, I spent a few hours walking on the beach at Hobe Sound, Florida. I couldn’t wait to sink my toes into the warm sand.
Happiness is feeling the ocean breeze on my skin; the sight of the sky, water and sand as they kiss each other in harmony; and observing the gorgeous shore birds as they search for food fighting against the power of this environment.
We have arrived back on the east coast of Florida staying at Jonathan Dickinson State Park near Hobe Sound, Florida. The beach at Hobe Sound is only four miles away from camp and I look forward to many more beach treks.
While hiking in Jonathan, I have had the pleasure of seeing the beautiful Florida Scrub Jay!
Coming up next…
Great Black Backed Gull, Ring Billed Gull, Willet, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone and more
The Atlantic Ocean, changes color, almost instantly.
The sun and its light, play a lead part in determining these colors.
The weather plays a huge roll in creating its moods.
The wind, the master, shape the waves pounding the shore.
The rise and fall of the sea, caused by the effects of the moon and the sun (gravitational forces) create the tides. Its vibe!
All life, along the shoreline, are dependent on these forces, creating the right combination for existence.
A Sanderling, hunting for food along the shoreline and competing with dozens more that wanted the tiny morsel she was able to catch.
To me the out of focus (with one tinted) photos below, showcase the ocean’s vibe and its mighty forces.
She depends on the shore for her existence.
Waiting for food
Found a morsel
Able to live another day
We have enjoyed the four mile drive to this beach, while visiting Hobe Sound, Florida. A breathtaking beach, quite, clean and teaming with life’s energy. Wednesday, we leave the serenity of the ocean behind.