27-December-2008

Birds and Reptiles in Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve.

This was the first time that I visited Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve. It is right next to (and is part of the John F. Kennedy Space Center). The wildlife viewing road can be closed during launches. Black Point Road is a target rich environment for viewing Florida wildlife. I have included a few images of birds (White Ibis, White Egret, Anhanga) and alligators. There was also a viewing station with telescopes set up to see a pair of American Bald Eagles building a nest.

White Ibis Fishing at Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve. Image taken with an Nikon D3x and 300  mm  f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
White Ibis Fishing at Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve. Image taken with an Nikon D3x and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). White Egret Fishing at Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve. Image taken with an Nikon D3x and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec).

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White Egret Fishing at Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve. Image taken with an Nikon D3x and 300  mm  f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
White Egret Fishing at Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve. Image taken with an Nikon D3x and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Alligator Sunning at Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve. Image taken with an Nikon D3x and 300  mm  f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 220, 300 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Alligator Sunning at Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve. Image taken with an Nikon D3x and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 220, 300 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec).

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Alligator Sunning at Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve. Image taken with an Nikon D3x and 300  mm  f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 125, 300 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Alligator Sunning at Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve. Image taken with an Nikon D3x and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 125, 300 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec).

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Anhinga Sunning at Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve. Image taken with an Nikon D3x and 300  mm  f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 125, 300 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Anhinga Sunning at Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve. Image taken with an Nikon D3x and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 125, 300 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec).

 

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GPS N28 39.436 W80 45.367

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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