Sunday, December 14, 2008

Birders' Paradise

Just as Space Coast hoteliers and businesses eagerly await the return of seasonal visitors and tourists escaping the frozen north, nature lovers in Brevard await birding season. The recent Migration Celebration at the Barrier Island Center heralded the return of migratory birds to Brevard County, and preparations are in full swing for the annual Audubon Society Christmas bird counts. In January, the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival in Titusville will provide thousands of visitors with an array of lectures, tours, and exhibits. And luckily for us, popular bird hangouts will provide opportunities for "wow" photographs like this one Wayne Matchett captured during a trip to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge last birding season. (Be sure to click on the photo to enlarge it - it's a pure joy to look at closely.)

The above sites, as well as the Space Coast Birding web site, will provide you with a wealth of information. We'll have more bird count and Festival information in future postings. Meanwhile, put January 21 - 26 on your calendar.

By the way, if you are planning to visit Brevard County, be sure to check out the Space Coast's official tourism web site. It's a well-maintained site that offers excellent logistical information for use in planning your visit. You will, of course, also want to order your copy of our Florida Beach Basics - The Space Coast DVD before you come!


Cactus Jack Splash said...

That is a lovely photo of the birds. I really like the few pink flamingos that are in there.

Florida Beach Basics said...

Thanks, Cactus Jack. I'll pass along your compliment to Wayne, the photographer. Those pink birds are actually roseate spoonbills, although their coloring would certainly make it easy to mistake them for a flamingo. Friend Margie Mitchell is particularly fond of spoonbills, and between Jim, Matt, and Wayne, I know I've got some good photos of them, so we'll devote a blog posting to them soon.