Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday's Critters #69

Saturday's Critters #69

Happy weekend, everyone!  It's Saturday and it's time to share your critters.. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who has linked up in the past and for those who are linking in on this week's critter party. And of course I always appreciate my blogging friends stopping by just for a visit.

I have more birds and critters to share from our trip to Florida. Merritt Island NWR and the Canaveral National Seashore are on the Atlantic Ocean side of Florida. This was the first time hubby and I traveled around this part of Florida.  I assume you know by now, the birds and critters are a big part of our vacations.. I hope you enjoy.



We watched the Northern Gannet's diving into the Atlantic Ocean from the Canaveral National Seashore.


I had to really zoom in for this groups of Gannets..


 Not the best shot taken thru the car window but this was my first time ever seeing an Armadillo. It was seen walking along the road at the Canaveral National Seashore.


This gator was at the Merritt Island NWR..We spent three nights close to this refuge. I knew it would be a great place to see the birds and critters..


We saw the Brown Pelicans and the White Pelicans at the Merritt Island NWR and the Canaveral National Seashore..I have much more from Merritt Island I will be saving them for another post.. Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate the nice comments.. I am looking forward to seeing your critters now..HAPPY WEEKEND!







Thanks to Tex Theresa aka Tex, I was able to add this link up button and thanks to  Jennifer for creating my photo badge.



To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.



74 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

Splendid critter photos Eileen. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend :)

Cloudia said...

You made me soar! Be back with my link




ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh how I love the pelican. I've seen armadillos in Texas - many many many years ago. Great photos.

Jocee said...

Beautiful pics, how lucky to see an Armadillo up close. :-)

rainfield61 said...

It is Saturday again to see many critters around.

Frank said...

It is always exciting to visit new locations and you brought back some interesting images.

Sara D.B. said...

Wonderful bird photos, Eileen!
The armadillo looks fascinating, and the alligator... um, not so very cute. :)
Have a great weekend!

Elaine said...

Looks like you had a good visit. I'm not sure I'd want to get too close to that gator though.....

Jo said...

Hi Eileen brilliant collection of birds and wildlife. I love the armadillo. Have a great weekend. Jo

Phil Slade said...

Good Morning Eileen. Thanks for hosting the critter party today.

Well, I never imagined you might see Northern Gannets out of Florida. What ocean wanderers they are, occurring just off our coast here, but often too far out for photos.

I'd love to see an Armadillo like that one of yours.

Have a great weekend.

Irma said...

Good morning, Eileen,
Beautiful photos of a wonderful trip.
I love the last photo.
Have a good weekend.

Betty Manousos said...

wow, i've never seen an armadillo in person. thanks for sharing these beautiful critter photos, eileen.

happy weekend~

laurak/ForestWalkArt :) said...

thanks for all the critters on this (warm) saturday morning (65*) here in north FL.
i esp love the pelican and gator! the armadillo is so cute too...but i sure see enough of them around here...

have a happy weekend eileen!!

Bob Bushell said...

I love the Armadillo, fantastic Eileen.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I would love to see a gannett!!

Great travel photos of the critters. I live in Texas and have only seen ONE armadillo...and that was road-kill.

Sue said...

Good Morning, Eileen
Loved your critter photos---I think it would be neat to see an armadillo....but I don't think I'd like to see a gator.
Have a good weekend

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Armadillos don't look real, do they? We saw one for the first time when we were in Brazil in December. They are very cool looking.

Tinna Sjoeberg said...

Love the picture of the armadillo, haven't seen one before myself.
Have a great and happy weekend!

Tinna ✐

EG CameraGirl said...

Very cool to see pelicans. They are on my bucket list!

Lynne said...

Pretty great shot of the armadillo . . . (I doubt you were the one driving!)

Pat said...

The first time I saw an armadillo. was just outside Cocoa Beach which is close to the Canaveral National Seashore.
I love watching the pelicans fly along the shore line.

edenhills said...

What a great collection of critters! Thanks for hosting each week.

Brian King said...

I've never seen an Armadillo other than in photos. Nice flight shots and I like the gator!

Linda Kay said...

Eileen, great variety of critters this morning, for sure. The birds are so graceful in flight. You got really close, I'm assuming, for the armadillo and the gator.

Sharon Wagner said...

Everything is made better by critter sightings. Dolphins, seagulls, gaters. Florida has great critters!

Debbie said...

lot's of awesome critters today eileen, i don't think i have ever seen an armadillo, up close and personal!!

beautiful flight shot, thanks for hosting one of my favorite memes!!!!

TexWisGirl said...

gannets are cool! congrats on seeing a live armadillo. i see them mostly squished along the road or my dogs bring back pieces of them. (blech!)

Magia da Inês said...

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Montanagirl said...

It's always a joy to visit your blog and check out what you've been seeing!!

Sandra said...

wow on the gator. hubby and i were talking a few weeks ago about the fact it has been years since we have seen and armadillo here... i think they have them out east but not here.

Linda W. said...

Love the pelican in flight and the alligator photo!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

some nice catches. I love critters (and clouds) (and trees)

Al said...

What fun shots - I've never seen an armadillo in the wild. I have seen alligators in the wild...

Linda M. Carmean said...

Wonderful photos, Eileen! Love the armadillo and the gator! I am enjoying your trip pictures very much!

Kristin_Texas said...

That first and last photo are perfection! (I never can take movement shots like that. Even the "Sports" setting on my camera doesn't help).

Cheryl @ TFD said...

The armadillo looks like he has on a suit of armor! They are interesting creatures. The gator I wouldn't want to meet. :) Great captures of the birds in flight!

Mama Zen said...

Love the gator, Eileen!

Uppal said...

Cute critters and great efforts. Scary alligator!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Wonderful place to visit, and you got close views of the Gannets.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful critter shots from FL ~ love the gator shot ~ awesome!


Happy Weekend,
artmusedog and carol

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!
Great collections of beautiful critters!Great captures!I have never seen before an Armadillo!
Thank you for sharing!Have a happy weekend!
Dimi...

Sheila at WolfSongBlog.Com said...

We have traveled in Florida a lot after retiring, but have never visited the places you have listed here. They will have to go on my -must see list -! As you can tell, I also plan places to stay around seeing birds. (Usually, the hubby is agreeable.)

I noticed under About Me that you recently retired! Congratulations!! Happy Birding!!

Anni said...

...thanks, Eileen, for sharing your post link at I'd Rather B Birdin'!!

Booth 555 said...

Thank you for the critter link up! It's a cute idea. I love the your last photo of the pelican over the beautiful blue water.
Awesome!
-Lisa

Merlesworld said...

Wonderful photos.
Merle..........

Joyful said...

Hi Eileen, awesome Armadillo! I'd love to see one one day. For now I can enjoy through your photos. Happy weekend. xx

Our photos said...

Wow, nice series ! I love the gator !

photodoug said...

Eileen, nice assortment of critters. Thanks for sharing.

Happyone said...

I like the Armadillo. He looks really cool. Never saw one in person before.

Mildred said...

I love all of your photos, Eileen. Hubby watches some show each week about gators....when I enter the room, I usually cover my eyes!!!

J said...

Just love the joyful beauty of the soaring bird - imagine how it must feel to be up there, just living free without a care in the world - well, except maybe what your next meal will be!
I love the armadillo! I don't believe I've ever seen one - not even in a zoo! They're cute! Must have been fun just seeing it moseying along!

Betsy Adams said...

Glad we don't have Armadillos here ---but they say that they are gradually coming north. They are such a menace---according to my Florida cousin... We don't need more menace critters here. ha ha

Great pictures.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Felicia said...

some really neat critter shots Eileen.

Stewart M said...

Nice shots - I really want to see an armadillo!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Eileen! What a great collection of photos -- Especially the armadillo, I remember the first time I saw one, they really are fun, and quite a change from our groundhogs, aren't they? :-)

diane b said...

Great shots of the birds but the armadillo and alligator jumped out at me. I've never seen an armadillo

Linda said...

Interesting photos!

handmade by amalia said...

Amazing photos!
Amalia
xo

Alexa T said...

Amazing critters in all pics! Such a lovely way to share the nature aspects! A good day and a week full of joy!

Hannah said...

Fun trip, I miss the southern beaches. The armadillo is so cute, and I love Brown Pelicans.

Pallavi Puri said...

Splendid pictures Eileen! :)

Stewart M said...

Hi there - we don't have a drought as such - but some of the lakes I was walking around always dry up during the summer - and we have not had our autumn / winter rain yet.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Tom said...

WOW an Armadillo! I've never seen one in person. Tom The Backroads Traveller

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

the hubby & I are always amazed how much noise those armadillos make ... they are so tiny but very loud. happy weekend to you!! have a ball. ( :

Andrea Priebe said...

And here I thought that Armadillos were only found in the Southwest. I have been to Florida many times and never even knew to look for them. Guess I went to the wrong places. Great shots all around, Eileen. Florida is a wonderful place to go with a camera.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Ela said...

What a beautiful collection of photos! I've never seen an Armadillo other than in your photos ! Beautiful creature !
Greetings

Celeste said...

Oh my goodness, I am so envious of your armadillo sighting! That and a porcupine are the two species I still really want to see in the wild :)

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

I've been to Cape Canaveral and I agree it is a great place for bird watching in addition to seeing the alligators too! This must have been so much fun for you and your husband!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hi Eileen! Thanks for hosting. Someone on my blog asked if I ran into you since we were on the same island (it wasn't really the same time, but I wish we had!!). I was almost embarrassed to link my post, your pictures are much better. But isn't it a great spot?

Rose said...

I am sorry I didn't link up yesterday, but knew I would not have time to visit people and sort of feel like I am unfair if I link and then don't at least attempt to visit a few people other than the people I normally visit.

I would love to see an armadillo...

Gattina said...

Excellent pictures ! I only have seen an Armadillo in the zoo !

NatureFootstep said...

you have the Gannets over there? I love that bird. It was the reason why I went to Scotland a few years ago :)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I'm late to the party...but I'm here!

Lovely set of critters, Eileen.
~

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Flying Northern Gannets are cool♪ Wow, Armadillo!!! Happy for your first spotting in nature. Amazing for me you saw it walking the road :-)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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