Thursday, December 31, 2009

Photographing Birds in Florida: Viera Wetlands

Like the Blue Heron facility in TItusville, the Viera Wetlands (recently renamed the Ritch Grissom Memorial Weltands) is a facility designed to store and recycle water used in the area. It is a 200 acre facility divided into four ponds or cells. There are roads around each of the cells and they
offer opportunity to view Florida's native wildlife and vegetation. Viera Wetlands can be
reached by driving south on Interstate toward the Melbourne area. Exit at the Wickham Road
exit and follow the signs to the wetland. A map of the facility is available on the website for the facility and as you enter the facility.

I have visited this site numerous times as part of the Space Coast Birding Festival conducted in January. I have some great shots of feeding snowy egrets, mating Great Blue Herons, ibises,
Sand Hill Cranes, and others. On one trip I saw an eagle and I understand that there is a pair of nesting caracaras in the area (though I've only seen them in the distance). Enjoy this facility.

If interested, the Brevard County Zoo is only a short drive away.

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