Monday, January 28, 2008

Space Coast Moment

Monday, January 28, 2008

I am just back in the past few hours from Titusville, Florida, where I was attending the Space Coast Birding & Nature Festival. Florida in winter. . . man i could almost see buying some Bermuda shorts, a floppy hat, a Members Only windbreaker, and some golf clubs and hanging it up down there in the Sunshine State. Or maybe not just yet.

All the birds are enjoyable there—many of them species I get to see just once or twice a year. Among the most interesting is the reddish egret. It has an unusual hunting strategy—it walks along slowly in shallow water until it spies a school of fish. Then it chases the fish, trying to catch them by stabbing its bill into the shallow water.

I also love the reddish egret's color scheme—classic colors blended so well. I got a few pictures of reddish egrets while in FL. Here's a small sampling.