Twelve-Years Ago (19-January-2008) — New Jersey

Wintertime Nature at the Sourland Mountain Preserve.

Morning walkabout at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. The pond was filled with Mallard Ducks. I also saw a Great Blue Heron on the other side of the pond. I stayed until the ducks flew away.

Great Blue Heron at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 360, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Great Blue Heron at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 360, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 320, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 320, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 280, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks taking off out of the pond at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 560, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks taking off out of the pond at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 560, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks in flight at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 360, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks in flight at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 360, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks in flight at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 560, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks in flight at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 560, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks in flight at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mallard Ducks in flight at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)

Seven-Years Ago (10-January-2013) — Florida

Gone to See America. January 2013 Florida Road Trip. Day 8: Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve.

After sunrise at Playalinda beach, I went went for a drive on Biolab road. A lot of birds were out in the early morning sun. Birds observed with images include Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Peregrine Falcon, Pied-beak Grebe, Ring-billed Gull, Great Egret, Northern Cardinal, American White Pelican, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, Turkey Vulture, and Red Shouldered Hawk.

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Three Roseate Spoonbills and a Great Blue Heron. Early morning at Biolab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 18-300mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/6.3, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Great Blue Heron. Early morning at Biolab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 18-300mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Peregrine Falcon. Early morning at Biolab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 18-300mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Pied-beak Grebe. Early morning at Biolab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 18-300mm VR lens (ISO 1100, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Ring-billed Gull. Early morning at Biolab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 18-300mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Great Egret. Early morning at Biolab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 18-300mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Northern Cardinal. Early morning at Biolab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 18-300mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Five American White Pelicans and two Roseate Spoonbills flying in formation. Early morning at Biolab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 18-300mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Line of American White Pelicans flying in a line. Early morning at Biolab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 18-300mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Four Snowy Egrets flying in formation. Early morning at Biolab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 18-300mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Tricolored Heron. Early morning at Biolab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 18-300mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Turkey Vulture on a dead palm tree. Early morning at Biolab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 18-300mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Red-shouldered Hawk perched on a dead tree. Early morning at Biolab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 18-300mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/6.3, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

Seven-Years Ago (09-January-2013) — Florida

Gone to See America. January 2013 Florida Road Trip. Day 7: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Morning drive through Biolab road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Just showing one image for each bird species. More can be seen in the slideshow at the end of the post. Back they you could drive both directions on Biolab road. Now it is one-way. The road is not as well maintained as Black Point Wildlife Drive, but there is less traffic other than the north end where several folks will be parked and fishing in the pond. Birds observed (with images) include Pied-billed Grebe, Greater Yellowlegs, Gulls (not identified), Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Osprey, and Belted Kingfisher. I found the best way to get an image of a Kingfisher is to observe the two or three places that it perches before going out to fish. The Kingfisher typically uses the same perch, so I then set up a camera focus on that spot, and wait for it to come back.

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Pied-billed Grebe. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8G VRII lens and TC-E 2.0 III teleconverter (ISO 200, 140 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Greater Yellowlegs. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8G VRII lens and TC-E 2.0 III teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Three Gulls. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8G VRII lens and TC-E 2.0 III teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Double-crested Cormorant. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8G VRII lens and TC-E 2.0 III teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Large Group of American White Pelicans in a feeding frenzy. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8G VRII lens and TC-E 2.0 III teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Great Blue Heron in flight. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8G VRII lens and TC-E 2.0 III teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Great Egret. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8G VRII lens and TC-E 2.0 III teleconverter (ISO 450, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Three Snowy Egrets, Four Little Blue Herons, and Redish Egret. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8G VRII lens and TC-E 2.0 III teleconverter (ISO 450, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Tricolored Heron. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8G VRII lens and TC-E 2.0 III teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
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White Ibis. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8G VRII lens and TC-E 2.0 III teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Osprey with a fish for breakfast and two Roseate Spoonbills on a dead tree. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon N1 camera, FT1 adapter, and 180 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 180 mm, f/2.8, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Belted Kingfisher. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8G VRII lens and TC-E 2.0 III teleconverter (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)


You can access any of the images from the slideshow in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Seven-Years Ago (08-January-2013) — Florida

Gone to See America. January 2013 Florida Road Trip. Day 6: Merritt Island National Wildlife Preserve.

I drove across the state arriving in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge before the sun went down. The first stop was Black Point Wildlife Drive. Observed the following birds: Roseate Spoonbill, Greater Yellowlegs, White Ibis, American Coot, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, and Snowy Egret. I then proceeded to Biolab Road. On the way I spotted a Red-shouldered Hawk. On Biolab Road I observed a Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, and Wood Stork.

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Roseate Spoonbill. Black Point Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon 1V2 camera and 180 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 180 mm, f’2.8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Greater Yellowlegs. Black Point Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon 1V2 camera and 180 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 180 mm, f’2.8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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White Ibis. Black Point Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon 1V2 camera and 180 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 180 mm, f’2.8, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
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American Coot. Black Point Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon 1V2 camera and 180 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 180 mm, f’2.8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Northern Pintail and Blue-winged Teal. Black Point Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon 1V2 camera and 180 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 180 mm, f’2.8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Snowy Egret. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f’2.8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Red-shouldered Hawk. Courtenay Highway, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon 1V2 camera and 180 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 800, 180 mm, f’2.8, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Red-shouldered Hawk. Courtenay Highway, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon 1V2 camera and 180 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 800, 180 mm, f’2.8, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Great Blue Heron. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 720, 300 mm, f’2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Great Egret. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 720, 300 mm, f’2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Wood Storkd. Biolab Road, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f’2.8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Seven-Years Ago (08-January-2013) — Florida

Gone to See America. January 2013 Florida Road Trip. Day 6: Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg.

Morning drive through Fort DeSoto county park. There were at least six Ospreys flying and with two couples building their nests. Also, a Blue Jay, Common Loon, and Great Blue Heron.

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Osprey in flight at Fort DeSoto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon N1V2 camera and 180 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 180 mm, f/2.8, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Osprey flying with material for a nest at Fort DeSoto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon N1V2 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 180 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Osprey building a nest in a tree at Fort DeSoto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon N1V2 camera and 180 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 180 mm, f/2.8, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Osprey building a nest on a pole and platform at Fort DeSoto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon N1V2 camera and 180 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 180 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Great Blue Heron hunting at Fort DeSoto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon N1V2 camera and 180 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 180 mm, f/2.8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Common Loon in the water at Fort DeSoto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon N1V2 camera and 180 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 180 mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Blue Jay in the morning sun at Fort DeSoto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon N1V2 camera and 180 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 180 mm, f/2.8, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)