By Judy Berman
Rains persistent patter
Dancing on the porch.
Heavy gray rain clouds
Cast a dark shadow.
After the deluge,
In the cool, night air.
The harsh caw of one
Competing with the
sweet sound of another.
Spring – at last!
Buds are bursting thru
Birds are nesting
New life, renewal.
Florida is the temporary home of birds that “winter” here. It’s also the year-round home for others.
Last weekend, my husband, Dave and I visited Viera Wetlands in Brevard County on Florida’s East Coast with Lee of Southern Photo in Melbourne along with another photographer, Jim.
We snapped away with our cameras as these birds swam in the ponds, a lake, and built their nest in a swampy area.
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Video – Florida Nature Compilation – Simoes Productions. Footage of nature in Brevard County, Florida. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heB4H-_jweU
Photo: Viera Wetlands – Great Blue Heron – adult and offspring. They are year-round Florida residents. Taken by Judy Berman, 3-1-14.
Photo: Viera Wetlands – Hooded Merganser ducks swam in a pond near us. They winter in Florida. Taken by Judy Berman, 3-1-14.
Photo: Viera Wetlands – White Pelicans. They winter along the coasts. Taken by Judy Berman. 3-1-14.
Photo: Viera Wetlands – Great Blue Heron warily eyeing an alligator – “Come on in. The water’s fine!” the alligator smiled invitingly. Taken by Judy Berman, 3-1-14.
Photo: Florida Today – A few miles from our home, Dave took this photo of a Sandhill Crane nesting. Feb. 2014. * For more on this, read “Love and loss in the parking lot” by Suzy Fleming Leonard. Photos by Craig Bailey. Slide show by Rob Landers. http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20140301/COLUMNISTS0604/303020015/Suzy-Fleming-Love-loss-an-office-parking-lot.
Photo: Viera Wetlands – alligator basking in the sun. Taken by Dave Berman, 3-1-14.