Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Viera Wetlands are two of my favorite places to photograph and I had time to visit both last week. They’re each wonderful and seem similar, yet they can be very different.
Kevin M. organized a quick trip over to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge last weekend and invited me to go with him and Kevin K. We started at Space View Park, where we watched a lovely sunrise. Dawn from Space View Park Next we drove around Black Point Wildlife Drive where there were lots of birds, some wild hogs, some … Continue reading Merritt Island – 1/31/15
Whether you’re familiar with the area or not, this would be a very good half day route to see the highlights at MINWR. And this is a wonderful time to go – there’s a lot of birds and other wildlife around, and the weather’s great.
With the hot weather starting to arrive, there’s not as much activity at Merritt Island as there sometimes is. But there’s still a lot to see and photograph.
In addition to the White Pelicans, watching a skimming Black Skimmer was another highlight.
Highlights also included a very cooperative Shrike that sat still while we all made way too many photos of it, a bald eagle that flew right overhead, and two life birds for me (the Bonaparte’s Gull and Greater Yellowlegs). It’s definitely birding season at MINWR!
I spent last Thursday morning at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. It’d been quite a while …
I got up early Thursday morning and checked the weather. The maps (both Radar and IR clouds) were clear. This isn’t a strong sign for a good sunrise, but I was itching to photograph something and I was already packed, so I went on over to MINWR to check on activity there.
I haven’t done a sunrise in a while, so Kevin M. and I got up early this morning for a quick trip over to MINWR.
Black Skimmers… I’ve never seen so much skimming. Long graceful glides over flat water with an uncluttered background, sometimes fairly close to shore. They use their longer, lower bills to slice through the surface searching for fish and write a sharp wake behind them. Wonderful to watch and with such good light, and a near perfect opportunity for photographs.