Posts in Category: Merritt Island NWR

Red-eye

There is nothing quite like a Roseate Spoonbill in breeding plumage. The bright pink body and wing feathers, the green skin on the head, the white feathers on the neck, and the bright, bright red eye, here caught in full sun for the full effect. Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, Florida. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. 1/1000th @ f5.6 @ ISO 100. -.3EV. Processed in Polarr.

Wood Stork in a tree

Yesterday I posted a Wood Stork feeding from Orlando Wetlands Park, but the first Wood Stork of my last Florida trip was actually standing tall in a tree beside the road at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, near the Visitor Center. I pulled off in the chigger grass and walked back to get the shot. This is a juvenile, as you can tell by the feathers on the back of the neck and crown. Sony RX10iv at 535mm equivalent. My birds and wildlife modifications of Program mode. 1/1000th @ f6.3 @ ISO 100. -1EV. Processed in Polarr.

Pelican in flight

One morning on Black Point Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida, a small group of White Pelicans flew pretty much directly overhead. I was able to catch a few as they passed over. It was a good opportunity since the light reflected from the ponds illuminated the underside of the wings, which otherwise would have been in heavy silhouette. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. My birds in flight and action modifications to Program mode. 1/1000th @ f4 @ ISO 100. +1EV exposure compensation (to help with the wings). Processed in Polarr.

Roseate Spoonbill in Flight

I posted a shot from this Roseate Spoonbill flyby experience a week ago or more…we were photographing a mixed feeding flock of waders in one of the pools along Black Point Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, just past the turn by the rest area, when a group of Roseate Spoonbills flew in, one at a time. It was an opportunity not to be missed. I switched to my Birds in Flight and Action memory, and caught several of the birds as they came by. This one was close. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. 1/1250th @ f8 @ ISO 100. -1EV. Processed in Polarr. Such wings!

Stand tall for Snowy Egrets

Snowy Egrets are among the most elegant of egrets…among the most elegant of wading birds. This shot shows one standing tall and showing off from the crown of its head to the tips of its yellow toes. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. My birds and wildlife modifications of Program mode. 1/1250th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.

Spoonbill on reflection

On my very first trip around Blackpoint Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida, the Roseate Spoonbills were close to the road, only about a mile into the drive. There have been years, many years, when I did not see them in numbers and certainly not close to the road for the whole week of the Space Coast Birding and Nature Festival. Such a treat! I zoomed back a bit to 500mm equivalent to get this bird and its reflection in the frame at the same time. Wonderful creature! Sony RX10iv as above, 1/500th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egrets are so much fun to watch as they fish in the shallow waters of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. They run erratically, they lift their wings, they totter and turn, posturing and prancing and apparently having a lot of fun. Of course, in reality, it is all in a day’s work for them…the serious business of chasing down prey…but for the watcher it can be very entertaining. And I am always willing to be entertained. Plus, they are simply an attractive bird. That blend of grey and reddish purple, and the texture of the feathers can be very striking in the right light…and the the Florida light is often right. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. My birds in flight and action modifications to Program mode. 1/1000th @ f5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.

Great Blue Heron

Of course the Great Blue Heron has no more blue on it than the Little Blue Heron. Essentially a grey, black, brown, and white bird, it is in no way blue! Still, it is impossible not to photograph every Great Blue Heron I see. They are just to photogenic. 🙂 The plumage always shows a range of textures that is unrivaled in the bird world. And they are always posing. This one is off Black Point Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville Florida. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. My birds and wildlife modifications of Program mode. 1/1000th @ f4.5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.

Little Blue Heron

When I first got to Black-point Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida the sun was still behind a bank of cloud. The soft light was idea for capturing the more subtle tones of the wading birds, like this Little Blue Heron, which was actively feeding close up against the bank of the dyke road. Though it is called Little Blue, to my eye there is no blue on it. It is a purple and purple-tinged gray bird, and one of my favorite waders…but then, I like all the common Florida waders 🙂 Sony RX10iv at 560mm equivalent…so close I had to zoom back a bit to fit it in the frame. My birds and wildlife modifications to Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 160. -.3EV. Processed in Polarr.

Osprey

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge has a huge population of Osprey. Sometimes they are every other power post along the causeway and the road coming in, and they are certainly the most common raptor along Black Point Wildlife Drive. My Advanced Point and Shoot Nature Photography class was practicing flight shots so we stopped when I saw two Osprey circling over a pond, and waited, and were rewarded with one of the birds passing right over head. I was perfect light, with enough light reflected from the water to illuminate the underside of the wings. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. My birds in flight and action modifications to Program mode. 1/1000th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr.