Kevin M., Kevin K., and I went to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge yesterday morning. We stopped by the Titusville Marina for a few sunrise photos.
Then we drove around Black Point Wildlife Drive. The water there is very high and although wildlife numbers might be a bit below average, there’s great variety with both normal residents and winter visitors present.
A ternery pano – Caspian Terns and a Sandpiper in a four frame panorama
We saw Green, Blue, Great Blue, and Tri-colored Herons, Reddish, Snowy, and Great Egrets, a Roseate Spoonbill, Sandpipers, Caspian Terns, Belted Kingfishers, Blue Wing Teals, Coots, Ospreys, a Bald Eagle, Savannah Sparrows, White Pelicans, Gulls, Vultures, an Alligator, and probably others I missed. A person we talked to at the rest stop had just seen a bittern.
My friend Jim Boland reported seeing a Red Headed Duck, Northern Pintails, Blue Winged Teal, American Wigeons, and Northern Shovelers on BPWD in his newsletter* last Monday. We didn’t see that many – I suspect they were out there, just hidden. We heard hunters making a lot of noise throughout the morning and I bet the ducks are skittish.
If you’ve held off visiting MINWR or BPWD because you were uneasy about hurricane damage and lack of wildlife – stop worrying. The place is rapidly getting back to normal and there’s every reason to get out there and witness some of Central Florida’s beauty.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go make some photos!
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6 thoughts on “Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge – 18 Nov 2017”
Thank you for the update..glad the birds are coming back..Love your images…
Thank you Dorothy – I’m glad the birds are coming.back too!
Thanks for the update on Merritt Island….
My pleasure, Chip
I hope to visit MINWR soon. I normally launch the kayak off Biolab and cross the lagoon. The Redfish action is incredible and keeps me from doing photos. Photography from the kayak is something I want to explore further.
It’s a great place, Ed. I usually put in at Haulover Canal and enjoy seeing the dolphins and manatees. I don’t fish from my kayak, but I would guess putting in at Biolab would be better for that.