The USCGC Eagle is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American military service and is used as a training vessel for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. The 295 ft (90 m) steel-hulled barque was built as a German sail trainer in 1936. It was taken by the US as reparations at the end of the World War II.
Happy July 4th!
Sawgrass is a sedge found throughout the state of Florida. I've yet to fully identify this one as it has saw teeth on the leaf edges but not down the center as would be expected with Cladium Jamaicense or classic Everglades sawgrass.
Two great blue heron (Ardea herodias) youngsters at the Viera Wetlands wait eagerly for their evening fish dinner to be "served." The parent downed three fish this size so I imagine there was plenty to go around.
Viera Wetlands, Brevard County, USA.
A flock of wintering Pelecanus erythrorhynchos has been entertaining the crowds this week at the Viera Wetlands. Large groups of the massive birds fish the pond in unison producing an effect more poetic than Swan Lake itself!
Viera Wetlands, Brevard County, Florida, USA.
A large flock of Pelecanus erythrorhynchos has been entertaining the crowds this week at the Viera Wetlands. These two are squabbling but in more cooperative moments large groups fish in unison and look truly more poetic on the lake than any swans.