Pink Spoonbills & Reddish Egrets
Of the many shore and wading birds that one encounters in Florida, visitors are often most charmed by the Roseate Spoonbills and Reddish Egrets – the Spoonbills for their festive colors and the Egrets for the frantic and entertaining fishing maneuvers. Both the Spoonbills and the Reddish were in abundance on this February’s visit to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and they were dressed in their best breeding colors.
While strong winds blew away most of the calm mornings that provide such wonderful opportunities for bird reflections and landscape images in Merritt’s pretty early morning light, we were able to take advantage of a few hours of nice morning light for a few Spoonbill reflections and a landscape image or two.
Visits to the old favorite Viera Wetlands, a morning drive down Joe Overstreet Road to Lake Kissimmee, and a first time trip to the Apopka Wildlife Drive provided nice complements to the plentiful Spoonbill and Reddish Egret action at Merritt.