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.

       February, 2016

Florida pink Roseate Spoonbills with reflections at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Florida Roseate Spoonbill with reflection Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Florida Roseate Spoonbill with reflection Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Florida coastal landscape with mangroves, reflections, pink spoonbills
Florida coastal landscape with mangroves, wading bird, reflections in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Florida landscape with water, marshes, palm trees and wading birds
Florida Reddish Egret preening in breeding colors
Florida Reddish Egret fishing Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Florida Reddish Egret fishing with reflection
Florida Reddish Egret fishing with wings over head
Florida Reddish Egret with winds spread fishing in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Florida Reddish Egret striking at fish in water with splash
Florida Reddish Egret with fish
Florida Reddish Egret with fish
Florida Reddish Egret flying with large fish
Osprey perched in Florida's Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Florida Anhinga bird close up
nature photograph of female kingfisher
Photograph of Eastern Meadowlark singing in the grass in Florida
Pair of Hooded Marganser ducks swimming with reflections.
Tri-color heron bird photograph
Forster's Tern viera Wetlands Florida
Bird photograph of two Black Skimmers skimming along water
Black Skimmer bird skimming along water straight ahead
Bird photograph of Limpkin with snail
Great Blue Heron fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing
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