Florida Notes: More Wildlife

hoodedmerg

Hooded Merganser, with hood displayed, a tough shot to get, as they usually keep it folded down. From Viera Wetlands.

alligator

A yearling alligator, about 18 inches long. Cute but dangerous! From Merritt Island information center boardwalk.

armadillo

An armadillo by the roadside on Merritt Island. Cute, but not too bright. Isn’t afraid of humans.

royaltern

Royal Tern, Canaveral National Seashore, within sight of the Shuttle launchpads, but from the north side.

manatee

Manatee, endangered mammal, from the Manatee Viewing Area, Merritt Island. We scoffed, but we pulled in, walked to the viewing platform, and there it was.

whitebirds

An apparent white bird convention near the Scrub Trail, Merritt Island, with many White Pelicans. Some pink birds, too.

scrubjay

Florida Scrub Jay, an endangered species. Note ankle bands. We saw four or five on Merritt Island.

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