The Canaveral Locks

I often overlook my local spots to drive far away over to the Viera Wetlands, or up to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.  I sometimes forget that there are places nearby that host a wide variety of critters.  Today, I decided to take a trip to the Canaveral Locks at Port Canaveral and was rewarded with some really cool stuff.

First, there were white pelicans, most of which hid on the far side of the locks where visitors aren’t allowed.  Second, I witnessed flyovers of Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Wood Storks, and myriads of other birds.

There were dolphins and manatees, and even the NASA ship Liberty Star went through.

All in all here is what I saw..

  • Cooper’s Hawk (1)
  • Bald Eagle (1st-2nd Year juvenile0
  • Osprey
  • Wood Storks
  • White Pelican
  • Brown Pelican
  • Pigeons
  • Black Crowned Night Heron
  • Anhinga
  • Snowy Egret
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Lots of Gulls

I think I’m going to be making an effort to photograph here on my little island of Cocoa Beach for the next week.  A challenge of sorts.  Know any hot spots?


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