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Veterans Memorial Park in Titusville164 viewsI stopped here before heading across the river to Merritt Island. This is a favorite viewing area for rocket launches from Cape Canaveral; however, the pier is closed because of severe damage by this year's hurricanes. On the distant horizon, you can see the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), which is as tall as a 50-story building. The space shuttle is mounted on its transport rocket and booster engines are installed inside the VAB standing up.
Coots112 viewsCoots start arriving for the winter by the thousands. Here are a few.
Snowy Egret162 viewsYeah, I have lots of pictures of snowy egrets, but this one posed for me nicely. I promised him that I would publish it.
A View of the Salt Marsh165 viewsThis old cedar tree survived the hurricanes.
Scrub Jay Trail126 viewsNormally, one can find Florida scrub jays here, but today it was too windy, methinks. So, no scrub jay photos. I'll keep trying.
Battered Pines100 viewsWind, fire, and bugs did not treat this pine tree kindly.
Launch Complex 39B116 viewsOne of the two shuttle launch complexes at Kennedy Space Center is clearly visible from the Scrub Jay trail. You can also see the water tower for Launch Complex 39A toward the right.
Flock of Snowy Egrets110 viewsI normally see snowy egrets one at a time. Here we see a whole flock of them.
Another Bunch of Coots117 viewsThis is just the tip of the iceberg, cootwise.
White Ibis in Flight105 viewsThe black wing tips and the curved bill clearly identify this bird.
White Ibises Not in Flight122 viewsThese two were grounded due to a failed flight proficiency exam.
Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)163 viewsOne of my favorite birds (as you know if you have perused my other bird pictures), the reddish egret is native to the west coast of Florida from Tampa Bay down to Naples, plus the Merritt Island NWR on the east coast. The reddish egret is relatively rare because of plumage hunting in the last century. Now protected, their numbers are slowly increasing. Aside from the beautiful coloration of this bird, his feeding habit involves a wacko dance, which I'll show in subsequent pictures.
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