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!
We saw a trio of lovely birds, which scattered as we pulled over to photograph them.
On the other side of the road we saw an Anhinga high in the trees.
This handsome Wood Stork looked as if he was only one step removed from a pterodactyl.
He seemed mildly offended by our presence, and he stalked away.
We saw Roseate Spoonbills with their beautiful colors and prehistoric faces …
… and we were delighted to see Tricolored Herons.
We watched a young Osprey catch a fish and come to rest in a tree, where the fish became entangled in the branches.
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.