Florida – Merritt Island II

December 13, 2009

On our way to Viera Wetlands, we dropped by Merritt Island to look for bobcats again.  We got there early on a weekday and the place was quite empty, with only a few other diehard photographers and birders.  As I previously mentioned we had no luck with the bobcats but we did see a lot of interesting birds.  The best find of the morning was an American Bittern followed by flybys of a Wood Stork and Roseate Spoonbill.  We also found a large group of Black Vultures feeding on a wild boar carcass.  I don’t think I’ll forget the smell any time soon!

“American Bittern”  –  Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island, Florida

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Close Encounters

February 12, 2009

I’ve had several recent close encounters with a variety of birds, big and small.  I guess that’s the benefit of local parks.  Many of them get habituated to people and let you get pretty  close.  At other times, they are the ones that decide to come check you out.  I could have gotten even closer to the Great Blue Heron and Anna’s Hummingbird but I was at the minimum focusing distance on the 400mm  f/5.6.


“Western Bluebird”  –  Ellwood, Goleta, CA


“Great Blue Heron”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Anna’s Hummingbird”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Turkey  Vulture”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA