Naughty or Nice; Definitely Human Terms

Recently took a Trek up north Florida to Viera Wetlands.  Witnessed was totally unexpected and reminded me once again of Nature’s sustainability.  Never expected to see an American Bald eagle, nor did anyone else, especially the Coot.  Started innocently enough, crow attacking large bird. Thought it would make an interesting shot and started to zoom in. This is when I realized that it was no buzzard it was an EAGLE he was harassing!

Yup the crow must have sensed Mr Eagle was indeed hungry and warning Cootville of incoming! You could hear the splash and photo caught the spray of Coot’s frantic flight, however those talons caught it’s prey.

Powerful bird the Eagle. Effortlessly lifting his meal with five powerful flaps he ascends to descend on a tree for digestion, Coot feet a dangling. It wasn’t until I uploaded the photos did I take in the reality of what was witnessed.

Nature was hungry today and many a fowl were on the hunt! Some looking more angelic then others and each one had amazing grace like this Northern Harrier soaring past.  They hear better then they see and once read if you see them up close you will note “an owlish face that helps it hear mice and voles beneath the vegetation”  I actually captured that face!

As a child would spend hours in the woods, it was before Crime Watch, before beheaded children appearing in canals. Mom let me roam and I had no fear. This is where I was today. During this bird watch I felt as if I was transported back to innocence, grounded in a sense.  A message indeed, rise above the mundane, yes it was time to remember, time to keep the truth of freedom legal in my very own heart.

Nature was touching us today. Touching lives is an opportunity, a portal to offer heaven on earth, healing which can not be calibrated, can not be documented. It’s like breathing. Appreciating the light and dark and not getting tangled in the storms of life. We saw one little swallow with it’s neck broken, dead, just hanging in an open wired fence. A storm had just passed, it must have been disoriented and couldn’t see. Sight is so important when the storms of life hit.

One of my traveling friends, I call her Hawk Eye, spotted a Crested Caracara. Never saw one of these tropical falcons before and WOW what an interesting bird, gosh it looked as if it had a toupe on! It flew from our sight into a NO TRESPASSING field.

Camera in hand bounded into that field, had to get that shot! It’s then I realize Navigator and Hawk Eyes weren’t following me. This is when I heard;  “we’re not bailing you out”.  I was on holy ground, so what would you do? Yup got the shot I did!! Was on a mission! hehe And quickly high tailed it out of there!!!!

We ventured further around the ponds and saw a grey clump, which was very much alive. Never saw an alligator this color before. Haven’t read any research on this, however do believe they change colors!

Didn’t venture close to this resting beast and thankful he wasn’t in the no trespassing field! Some signs I do pay attention to, like the MATING WARNINGS!

Witnessed some amazing wildlife, mating Great Blue Herons and they chose to build their nests atop of PALM TREES of all places!

So many different species of birds seen! Flocks of Grebes and Coots, Cattle Egrets, Great White Egrets, Terns, Ibis, Wood Storks, Hooded Merganser’s sooo much to take in! Thankful we took photos so to register and learn how to pronounce later!

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It definitely was a grounding experience and such a delight to share!

Maybe you will be led to take a walk or drive with the intent to visit nature? I don’t think you will be disappointed!  And my prayer is you too will be so blessed!!

Precious friends Navigator and Hawk Eyes taken at Viera Wetlands, Melbourne Fl.

Yup, it’s the Journey . . .~

About Brenda

"Brenda adores the birds. She is enchanted with their grace, their beauty. It was the birds and being out among them that gave her the peace she so needed and forged a new passion She uses a camera to capture those incredible moments, to savor them and share them with others. For her the camera was freedom. Brenda spent her life healing others, and dealing with incredible pain and despair. The world of birds and nature and photography was what she turned to in order to see the beautiful side of the world" -Eric Curtis Cummings
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12 Responses to Naughty or Nice; Definitely Human Terms

  1. I loved every bit of today’s blog. I am so glad you joined our little group.

    • Brenda says:

      Funny how we all use to venture alone…and its still nice to do so but GREATER joy to fellowship with you all!! ((hugs)) I thank you for inviting me!

  2. Jo Heroux says:

    I love this! Your photos exquisite and your words magnificent! Your love of nature’s offerings is indeed contagious.

  3. Joyce says:

    Interesting shots, and you are right. There is nothing naughty or nice about birds.

  4. Terri Warner says:

    Brenda, must say, not only was this a delight to see but an education in bird category of information. Your friends are as dedicated on their nature “hunts” as you are!!!!!!

  5. Leigh Young says:

    Breath taking! What a fine job you do. Thank you.

  6. Anna says:

    Love Love Love! I loved the pics and the commentary. You are awesome!

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