Florida Waterbirds

A Trip to Canaveral National Seashore

I seem to spend my entire spring in Orlando, and I always intend to see the good things near it, but I never seem to get around to it. So in early May 2008, I rented a car and drove from Orlando to Canaveral National Seashore to see what I could see (and photograph what I could photograph) in terms of near-the-sea wildlife. My biggest goal was to see and photograph a Roseate Spoonbill, but I was perfectly willing to take anything that I got. Along the way, I got a few nice snaps -- but that'd be up to you to decide. Here's what I found...

Snowy egret
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What better backdrop for bird the color of freshly-fallen snow? The black legs, white feathers, black beak and yellow eyes and eyemask ID this guy -- but the mask turns orange when it's in mating season.
Mark Minasi