Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

December 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This is the last blog post for 2014, it has been quite a year with the new house and renovation, but it has been a good year. I am looking forward to 2015.

While a lot of people love to go down to the Merritt Island to look at all the rocketry and space paraphernalia at the Kennedy Space Center, this is great, it is a wonderful place, but my preferred visit to the area is the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. It is a large protected area in which many migratory and native bird species winter. You can regularly see all kinds of herons, pelicans, ducks, coots, and other birds as well as alligators a plenty.

I went down there with my friend and former student assistant Nicole. I try to make the trek at least once a year. I find that it helps to reconnect to me to the land as well as my photography. I started with bird photography, but do less and less of it all the time. My goal this year was two fold... try and find the otters (which I have only seen one time) and find some Great Blue Herons (that is my bird of choice). I pretty much struck out on both accounts. I did see two Great Blue Herons, but both were far off and not in photographic range. No otters were to be seen. To be fair there were quite a few birders on Black Point Trail, it is quite popular this time of year.

These were taken with the Pentax 645z and 150-300mm lens. I wanted to see how it would work out in field conditions. I was not disappointed.

photo of little blue heronsLittle Blue HeronsAnother favorite breed, I love their coloration. photo of a great egretGreat EgretOld Man Egret sunning himself.

photo of a roseate spoonbillRoseate SpoonbillSearching for food. photo of a reddish egretReddish EgretHunting fish

photo of a white pelicanWhite Pelican photo of a cabbage butterflyCabbage ButterlfyOK, it's not a bird, but at least has wings...


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