Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Cedar Key Christmas 2010

Cedar Key Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
This is Christmas ... Cedar Key style:

The Lighting of the Christmas Tree:
Cedar Key Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Cedar Key Children's Christmas Party:
Cedar Key Children's Christmas Party

Cedar Key Children's Christmas Party

Cedar Key Children's Christmas Party

Christmas Boat Parade And Community Dinner:
Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner
Close up of Winning Casting Net Christmas Tree

Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner

Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner

Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner

Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner
Santa Clam and Clammette

Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner

Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner

Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner

Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner

Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner

Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner

Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner

Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner

Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner
3rd Place Casting Net Christmas Tree

Cedar Key Boat Parade and Community Dinner

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rehabilitated Bald Eagle Release in Cedar Key

Veterinary Technician Beth Loft Prepares To Release The Rehabilitated Bald Eagle

A rehabilitated Bald Eagle was returned to the wild today by the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey after 2 weeks of recovery.

AUDUBON of FLORIDA's press release said:

AUDUBON TO RELEASE 407TH BALD EAGLE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 (Maitland) Audubon Center for Birds of Prey will release a rehabilitated adult female Bald Eagle on Cedar Key, Saturday, November 6th at 1:00 PM. (Release site to be determined. Call Lynda White's cell for directions). This is the 407th rehabilitated Bald Eagle released back to the Florida skies by the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey since 1979. This eagle is a symbol not only of our nation but of the success of the Bald Eagle recovery efforts by Audubon through education, conservation and rehabilitation.


The eagle was found on the ground unable to fly, rescued by Cedar Key resident Dr. David Johnston, and transported to the University of Florida's Veterinary School in Gainesville. The bird was then transferred to Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland, a nationally renowned center for eagle care. She was diagnosed with very minor abrasions, most likely in a territory dispute with another eagle. Conditioning in the 100 foot flight cage followed, and she is now ready for release two weeks after her rescue. She has been fitted with a numbered aluminum U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service band for future identification.


Even though the eagle is now delisted, Bald Eagles and their nest sites will continue to be protected by state and federal laws. For more information about Bald Eagles or the Eagle Watch volunteer program, please contact Lynda White, lwhite@audubon.org



Except for having to move the release from the west end of Cedar Key's Airport because other Bald eagles were found to be nesting nearby, and three Bald Eagles were flying above the site at the time the release was to take place, the beautiful event happened without a hitch on the access road near Bridge 4 just out out of the City of Cedar Key.

During the car ride over to the release, the bird was sleeping and peaceful in Lynda White's arms - even when arriving to several curious people, including one child, and their cameras. The bird seemed to have no fear that her rescuers would bring her harm. Of course, she was blinded during the ride and walk over to the release spot in order to help her remain calm.

When the time came, Lynda handed the lovely bird over to Beth Loft, a Veterinary Technician, to perform the actual release. And, once the blinders came off, the bird appeared ready to take off. She looked bright eyed at the world and people before her, then turned her head around to see Beth's face, and as if to say, "Will you please release me now?"

Beth gave the nearly 10 pound bird a heave, and off she went over a salt marsh of the Gulf of Mexico and over to a snag across the way. She rested only a short while, and flew off to hopefully find her mate.

Esta and Dr. David Johnston; Captain Doug Maple of Tidewater Tours, an avid bird watcher; Tom Liebert of Kayak Cedar Keys, a lover of nature; Tom and Josh Pearson of Pearson Lawncare; myself; and a few others were there for the release.

Bald Eagles are in the middle of their mating season around the Cedar Keys area. Eagles have a lifespan of up to 40 years in the wild.

The Rehabilitated Bald Eagle Arrives

The Rehabilitated Bald Eagle Arrives in the Arms of Lynda White

The Rehabilitated Bald Eagle Arrives in the Arms of Lynda White

The Blinders Come Off as Veterinary Technician Beth Loft Holds the Bald Eagle

Ready for Release...

The Bald Eagle Looks Back at Veterinary Technician Beth Loft As If To Say, "Will You Release Me Now?"

The Bald Eagle Looks Back at Veterinary Technician Beth Loft As If To Say, "Will You Release Me Now?"

Veterinary Technician Beth Loft Prepares To Release The Rehabilitated Bald Eagle

Veterinary Technician Beth Loft Prepares To Release The Rehabilitated Bald Eagle

Veterinary Technician Beth Loft Prepares To Release The Rehabilitated Bald Eagle

Veterinary Technician Beth Loft Releases The Rehabilitated Bald Eagle

The Eagle Flies Away...

Away She Flies....

She Flies to a Nearby Snag to Regroup

She Flies to a Nearby Snag to Regroup

She Flies to a Nearby Snag to Regroup


http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/

http://www.dvercity.com/breeding_cycles_of_bald_eagles.html

http://www.wild-bird-watching.com/bald-eagle.html

http://www.birdhouses101.com/bald-eagle-mating.asp


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Saturday, September 18, 2010

#4 Bridge Gator

While we were traveling SR 24 into Cedar Key to drop off my son at an appointment, we spotted this alligator in the distance off the #4 Bridge, which overlooks the salty to brackish water of the Gulf of Mexico. We couldn't stop at the moment in order to get my son to his appointment on time, and so my husband dropped him off, and we drove back to find the gator. I didn't want it to sink before I started "shooting," so my husband did a turnabout past the bridge, and stopped the truck before the bridge in order for me to get out and begin shooting as I walked the bridge to get closer to my subject.

The Gator at a Distance
The Gator at a Distance

At first, I wasn't sure I was shooting the gator or some debris. But, as I got closer, the gator's snout and eyes were evident.

It stayed quite still at first, and watched me as I shot and walked closer and closer. But, as I got in front of it, it turned itself to face me, and then raised it's body as if to warn me.

The Gator Turns to Face Me
The Gator Turns to Face Me

The Gator Rises to Warn Me
The Gator Rises to Warn Me

It slowly relaxed, and watched me for awhile, until it felt safe enough to get a closer look at me. It swam closer to me ... at first straight at me, and then off to my right, in order to stay a safe distance, but also to keep an eye on me the whole time.

The Gator Swims For a Closer Look
 The Gator Swims For a Closer Look

The Gator In For a Closer Look
The Gator In For a Closer Look


I waited where I was, but then slowly came closer when it relaxed further.



The Gator Watches
The Gator Watches

The Gator Allows a Closer, Final Look
The Gator Allows a Closer, Final Look

The gator allowed me to shoot away and stayed surfaced until I turned to leave ... when I turned around for a last look from the truck, it was gone


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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Some of Cedar Key's Flowers and Plant Life

Flowers....
A Flower Garden on Airport Road

Pot O' Flowers
Flower Pot Outside Cedar Keys Emporium

Garden Beautiful
Wisteria on a Rugged Fence

Black-eyed Susan Vine (Web)
Black-eyed Susan Vine On a Mailbox Post

Cedar Key Garden and Pond Walk
Along the Cedar Key Garden and Pond Walk

Water Feature
A Water Feature Along the Cedar Key Garden and Pond Walk

Yellow Flower Power
Yellow Flower Power

Moth on Unidentified Yellow Flower
Skipper on a Yellow Flower

A Flower And a Bee Along the Boardwalk
A Flower and a Bee Along the Boardwalk

Bee On Flower
Bee on A Yellow Flower

Color Along My Walk
Color Along One of My Walks

Spurred Butterfly Pea Flower Using WB Mode "Cloudy" Setting
Spurred Butterfly Pea Flower Along the Tressle Path

Blue Flower Along My Walk
Blue Flower Along Another Walk

Pink Bouquet
Pink Bouquet

Sunny Flowers
Sunny Flowers On a Walk

Field of Flowers on Cedar Key
Field of Flowers

Marci's Cassia (Web)
Marci's Cassia

Gulf Fritillary in the Wildflower Garden
Gulf Fritillary in a Wildflower Garden

Monarch on its host Milkweed
Monarch on Its Host Milkweed

Gulf Fritillaries on Lantana camara
Gulf Fritillaries on Lantana camara

Polka Dot Wasp Moth
Polka Dot Wasp Moth on Lantana

Elephant Ear
Elephant Ear

Ponderosa Lemons (Web)
Ponderosa Lemons

Tangerines (Web)
Tangerines

Pomegranate (Web)
Pomegranate


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