Florida: Viera Wetlands – So Many Birds!

Viera Wading Birds

Viera Wading Birds

Over 50 White Pelicans!

Over 50 White Pelicans!

White Pelicans Fishing - One Swallowing a Carp

White Pelicans Fishing – One Swallowing a Carp

Great Blue Heron Chicks are Hatching Now

Great Blue Heron Chicks are Hatching Now

Male Anhinga in Breeding Plumage

Male Anhinga in Breeding Plumage

Female Anhinga with Chicks on Nest

Female Anhinga with Chicks on Nest

Adult Little Blue Heron with Fluffed Feathers

Adult Little Blue Heron with Fluffed Feathers

Green Herons use Tools as "Bait" to Attract Fish

Green Herons use Tools as “Bait” to Attract Fish

Ospreys (Fish Hawks) are Nesting Now

Ospreys (Fish Hawks) are Nesting Now

Hooded Mergansers Erect Head Feathers as a Crest

Hooded Mergansers Erect Head Feathers as a Crest

Northern Shovelers have Largest Duck Bill

Northern Shovelers have Largest Duck Bill

Purple Gallinules use Long Toes to Walk on Lily Pads

Purple Gallinules use Long Toes to Walk on Lily Pads

We’ve seen so many birds at the Viera Wetlands lately!  This water reclamation facility is a favorite stop for birdwatchers and visitors at the annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival:  http://spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/  Recent bird sightings are posted by Friends of the Viera Wetlands at:  https://www.facebook.com/VieraWetlands  General info and maps are at:  http://www.brevardcounty.us/NaturalResources/EnvironmentalResources/Wetlands

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

20 Responses to Florida: Viera Wetlands – So Many Birds!

  1. elisa ruland says:

    Beautiful shots, Pam. Such a wide variety, and so many…..there are birds there I’ve never heard of! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Gede Prama says:

    article is quite interesting and hopefully true happiness rays began to warm the hearts of us all, when we can share it with sincerity. Greetings from Gede Prama 🙂

  3. Kongo says:

    Pam, you have out done yourself! These photos are fantastic. I particularly like the wading birds (the first in your series). The lighting and action in this image are fantastic. The little blue heron is a keeper too!

  4. lauramacky says:

    Wow, I’ve never seen so many egrets in one spot!

  5. Well done on providing ids on each of the birds! Great series of pictures.

  6. Pam says:

    Thanks! You just never know what you’ll see there – didn’t even post pictures of the alligators. 🙂

  7. timelesslady says:

    Stunning photographs.

  8. smilingtoad says:

    I love the Viera Wetlands. Superb captures. Such a majestic place.

    • Pam says:

      We love it too! Last weekend we took more pictures of the anhinga babies. We couldn’t believe it – we saw mama feed the babies a fish. There is a black-necked stilt sitting on eggs in the pond to the left of the entrance right now.

      • smilingtoad says:

        Oh my what a shot that would be!! I love anhingas, one of my absolute favourites. Something so sweet and graceful about them. I have to check out the stilt nest! Cheers to you!

        Autumn Jade

  9. Pam says:

    I’ll have to post it sometime. I’ll save up a few of Viera Wetlands and do them all at once. Hope you get some great pictures! 🙂

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