Three-Years Ago (28-November-2014) — Florida

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge: Walk Like Me

Great Blue Heron appearing to walk on water as it comes in for a landing along Blackpoint Wildlife Drive. I’ve also included a slide show with some of the other wildlife present that day: Alligator, Anhinga, Black Vulture, Double-breasted Cormorant, Great Egret, Hawk, Orange Butterfly, Osprey, Ring-billed Gull, Roseate Spoonbill, Tricolored Heron, Turkey Vulture, and White Ibis. Note that some of the images are graphic.

Great Blue Heron Walking on Water. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 500, 500 mm, f/7, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Great Blue Heron Walking on Water. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 500, 500 mm, f/7, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)


Three-Years Ago (24-November-2013) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Turkey Vulture

Turkey vulture soaring near the moon. I haven’t figured how to get both the moon and bird to be in focus at the same time…

Turkey Vulture and the Moon. Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 1600, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture and the Moon. Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 1600, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (23-November-2013) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Turkey Vulture Soaring

Every day the turkey vultures fly in wide circles looking for carrion. During the autumn rutting season they often find road-killed deer.  This turkey vulture was soaring in the late afternoon sun.

Turkey Vulture Soaring in the Late Afternoon Sun. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture Soaring in the Late Afternoon Sun. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (25-November-2014) — Florida

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge: Common Gallinule

While driving on the Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, I got a picture of a bird I had not seen before. It was as big as a chicken, and had yellow feet. I think it might be an immature Common Gallinule. The adult Common Gallinule has a red beak which this bird does not have.

Immature Common Gallinule (?). Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 4500, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Immature Common Gallinule (?). Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 4500, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Immature Common Gallinule (?). Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 1800, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Immature Common Gallinule (?). Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR telephoto lens (ISO 1800, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)