A Scrub Jay which is only found in Florida. Unfortunately it is endangered because man has taken away a lot of its natural habitat. But fortunately they are slowly making a comeback.
This bird as well as the next one is a Northern Mockingbird. No bird excels in singing as it has memorized lots of songs.
This Caracara had just finished up eating some road kill. He became aware of us and flew high into a tree. The next 3 images of him are with him in the tree.
This little snowy egret was fishing and if you check you can see a small fish in his beak. The next 4 images are of egrets fishing in a small pond along the side of the road. They took turns flying from one side to the other picking up small fish.
Every now and then I see a plant or subject that I just have to photograph. This just seemed to perfect to pass by - it was processed in NIKs Color Efex Pro 4.
In a previous trip to the wildlife refuge I had seen this thistle but didn't stop to photograph it. On this trip I just couldn't pass up the beautiful coloring.
An Ibis in flight.
An immature Ibis coming in for a landing.
Everyone looks for spoonbills because of their beautiful coloring so I photograph them whenever I get a chance - especially if they are in flight. There are 3 more right after this one.
This is a white Pelican and they have been hard for me to photograph in flight. These were all at quite a distance but I thought that I would see what I could do with him anyway. The next 4 pictures are of white Pelicans.
This is a Wood Stork. When you look at them on the ground they are a very ugly bird but when they fly and expose the black feathers under their wings they are quite striking.
On a road called Bio Lab Road I spotted the Osprey with his dinner. Pretty nice fish.
And as we were driving from Bio Lab Road the Red Shouldered Hawk posed for us on a fence post.
As we watch him he took off and flew around. The next 4 images are of him as he flew around for us.
21215Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge