Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival Begins

update provided Florida Beach Basics

Hard to believe that it is noon and only 42 degrees! Birdchick arrived here yesterday for the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival and noted in her blog that it was as cold here as it is in Minnesota! She’s having a good time, though – she’s amazed that the birds in Florida seem to be more patient with photographers than birds elsewhere. I told her that they have been trained to pose for tourists – this anhinga is just waiting for somebody to take its picture!

For the casual bird watchers (like myself), it is sometime difficult to distinguish between a double-crested cormorant and an anhinga. I talked with Jim Angy about it, and he graciously explained a few things. One of the first things I wanted to know why the cormorant is called double-crested. Jim suggested I ask Charlie Corbeil if I could use his straight-on shot, and sure enough – there are the two tufts! (Photo by Charlie Corbeil) .  To read more

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