A New Mexican in Florida-Part IV

After my initial too-brief tour of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which I discussed in Part III of my Florida adventure, I was determined to return and enjoy the birds and scenery at a more leisurely pace. Dawn, Donna, Melanie and I decided to make the trip together. There were so many beautiful birds!

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret, another view.

Great Egret, another view.

We saw a trio of lovely birds, which scattered as we pulled over to photograph them.

White Ibis, Great Egret and Great Blue Heron.

White Ibis, Great Egret and Great Blue Heron.

On the other side of the road we saw an Anhinga high in the trees.

Anhinga

Anhinga

This handsome Wood Stork looked as if he was only one step removed from a pterodactyl.

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

He seemed mildly offended by our presence, and he stalked away.

Wood Stork stalking away.

Wood Stork stalking away.

We saw Roseate Spoonbills with their beautiful colors and prehistoric faces …

Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbill at rest

Roseate Spoonbill at rest.

… and we were delighted to see Tricolored Herons.

Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron

Another Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron

We watched a young Osprey catch a fish and come to rest in a tree, where the fish became entangled in the branches.

Osprey with fish.

Osprey with fish.

We watched the Osprey struggle with the fish for quite awhile.

The bird was finally able to free the fish from the tree and it flew away with the fish in one claw, presumably to consume it atop a power pole as the rest of the Ospreys do.

Be sure to look for A New Mexican in Florida-Part V over in my Photo Flurries blog.

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5 responses to “A New Mexican in Florida-Part IV

  1. Such glorious sights! Birding in Florida is always a joy. Cool image of the 3 different birds in flight. The Roseate Spoonbills are absolutely stunning. Looks like you had a most wonderful trip.

  2. BirdGalAlcatraz

    Linda, wonderful photos, especially that trio. What a catch! Really loving your postings about the trip. Great stuff!

  3. Thanks Julie and Jann. Had a wonderful time in Florida. Happy you’re enjoying my Florida posts. I get to relive the trip when I blog about it. :)

  4. Nice Photos! Aww…what great memories! :)

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