Posts in Category: Merritt Island NWR

Florida! Spoonbill hop

Roseate Spoonbill: Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida, USA, January 2024 — Nothing quite equals Florida light and nothing quite equals a Roseate Spoonbill…especially one showing its wings while taking a short hop over the water. Right place, right time, and ready! OM System OM-1 with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 372mm equivalent. Program mode with my birds in flight and action modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Florida! Where’s Waldo?

Mixed flock of gulls and skimmers, mostly Laughing Gulls, a few Ring-billed Gulls, and see if you can find the Black Skimmers: Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida, January 2024 — Something, perhaps an Osprey or and Eagle put this massed flock of gulls and skimmers up into the air. I just shot into the mass and sorted out this image as one of the better ones. OM System OM-1 with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds in flight and action modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Florida! Hunting

Great Blue Heron: Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida, USA, January 2024 — Nice Florida light and a cooperative Great Blue Heron along Blackpoint drive one morning during the Space Coast Bird and Nature Festival. OM System OM-1 with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 522mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Florida! Fisher king

Belted Kingfisher: Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida, USA, January 2024 — I am always happy to find a Kingfisher, as they are, as a family, among my favorite birds. The Belted Kingfishers of Florida, however, are not easy to photograph. They tend to be very “flighty” and will not sit still for a photo. This was taken from the open window of the car, across the front seat and out the passenger window, from too far away, using the 2x digital tele-converter in the OM-1. Still it is a Kingfisher! An adult male. OM System OM-1 with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 1600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Florida! Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern: Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida, USA, January 2024 — Hunting Caspian Terns are, at least to my way of thinking, fun “birds in flight” targets…with just the right amount of challenge to success ratio. Given enough terns and enough time, you will manage to catch one. 🙂 OM System OM-1 with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds in flight and action modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Florida! Mass lift-off

Great and Snowy Egrets: Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida, January 2024 — When you see this number of birds in a group all looking the same direction as in the top shot, you know a mass lift-off might be coming soon. And indeed it happened…but so fast that I did not even get my eye to the viewfinder. I just pointed the camera and held the shutter button down. 🙂 I am happy to have gotten anything at all. OM System OM-1 with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 372mm and 300mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator and assembled in FrameMagic.

Florida! White Ibis

White Ibis: Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife refuge, Titusville, Florida, USA, January 2024 — This White Ibis was standing on another snag along the edge of Indian River Lagoon, right by the Osprey from yesterday. I did not even move the car. You don’t often see the full length of those reddish legs, and seeing them only emphasizes somehow the length of the bill. Impressive bird! OM System OM-1 with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Florida! Another Osprey

Osprey: Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida, USA, January 2024 — I was pretty happy with the Osprey (and the photos) at the beginning of Biolab road, but that does not mean I did not stop for this one, posed nicely on a snag at the edge of the Indian River Lagoon (Mosquito lagoon), not 30 feet from my rental car window. 🙂 OM System OM-1 with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator and assembled in FrameMagic.

Florida! Osprey

Osprey: Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida, USA, January 2024 — You can only drive around Blackpoint Wildlife Drive so many times on any extended visit to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, so I almost always get out to Biolab Road at least once. I found this Osprey fairly low in the trees just coming into the parking area near the beginning of the road. It sat nicely for me as I popped out of the car with my camera. OM System OM-1 with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Florida! Sorta Sora

Sora Rail: Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida, USA, January 2014 — I saw 2 lady birders stopped and looking intently through binoculars at the base of the mangroves across a narrow channel by the road, so I did a drive by look, and saw enough to pull over and walk back. Yes, a Sora, and not sorta, but a real Sora, deep in the shadows but within reach of the OM Systems OM-1 and M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Very high ISO, but still. Turns out this was the first reported Sora for the year at Merritt Island. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator and assembled in FrameMagic.