Canaveral National Seashore | Florida

The Canaveral National Seashore is a National Seashore located between New Smyrna Beach and Titusville, Florida. The park is located on a barrier island. It provides shelter and sanctuary to various wildlife. My friends and I visited while I was in town covering the Melbourne Air & Space Show last weekend. The birds were just beautiful as I tried to capture them in their natural habitat. This is a photo of the American White Pelican looking so majestic in the air.

 

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The Great Blue Heron was ever-present on the island. So beautiful in every pose!

 

 

This guy was just chilling out in the water! I stayed in the car to get this photo because I was too afraid to step close to the edge of the grassy area beside the water. He was HUGE, probably about 6- 7 feet long! He looked like he was taking a nap but I didn’t want to take a chance.

 

 

This very fluffy white bird amongst the Roseate Spoonbills is called a Snowy Egret which is a medium-sized white heron. Such a pure white color and so fluffy during mating season.

 

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The entire area of the Canaveral National Seashore is so peaceful. As I was sitting in different areas waiting for the perfect shot, everything was so still and tranquil. If you are looking for a quiet beach to hang out on, this would be the perfect spot. The sand is lovely and the water is picturesque. This snowy egret above is all about self-grooming with its’ bright yellow feet.

 

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I decided to go back another day to try to get some better photos of the beautiful pink birds, Roseate Spoonbills. Well, they did not disappoint! The Roseate Spoonbills get their name because of their hue (rose-colored) and the shape of their beak – it is long and rounded at the end, similar to a soup ladle that helps them scoop up their food. Sometimes the birds are bright pink and others are a lighter shade of pink. They are beautiful!

 

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The pink wings of the Roseate Spoonbill give the water a lovely shade of pink as it flys above. My friend Debbie told me she and her husband saw an entire flock of these birds flying overhead at the Canaveral National Seashore and it looked like a cloud of cotton candy! I would have LOVED to have seen that!

 

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This brown pelican is checking out the sights below! So beautiful in flight.

 

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The Great Egret is a long-legged, S-neck wading bird with a dagger-like beak. Its’ wings have a beautiful scalloped wingspan. They are so graceful when flying!

 

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Gosh, I learned so much this weekend in Florida. Between the aircraft at the Air Show and then the birds in flight and around the water, my camera got a lot of good use of taking photos of objects in motion.

Looking towards the sky,

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