Gone to See Florida Fall 2014 Road Trip. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Great Blue Heron appearing to walk on water as it comes in for a landing along Blackpoint Wildlife Drive. I’ve also included slide shows with some of the other birds present that day: Anhinga, Black Vulture, Double-breasted Cormorant, Great Egret, Hawk, Osprey (with a fish), Tricolored Heron, and Turkey Vulture. Note that some of the Vulture images are graphic.
Individual images in the slideshows can be viewed here.
Gone to See America 2014 Road Trip Day 5. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Great Egret Coming to Visit a Snowy Egret. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/4G lens (ISO 140, 300 mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro 7.
Gone to See Florida 2013 Road Trip. Day 6: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
I spent the day at the Merritt Island National Refuge, driving the Black Point Wildlife Drive and Biolab road. It is a target rich environment for birds and alligators. Well worth spending the day. Make sure you have mosquito repellant.
Gone to See Florida 2017/2018 Road Trip. Day 12: Big Cypress National Preserve.
It was a very quiet New Year’s Eve at Clyde Butcher’s retreat. Before checking out I got a few more images. Great Egret, what I think is a Black-whiskered Vireo, one of the baby (one-year old) Alligators, and all of the tennis shows drying after a Swamp Walk. I hope to visit again someday.
Gone to See Florida 2017/2018 Road Trip. Day 11: Big Cypress National Preserve.
The trees are too close together at Clyde Butcher’s retreat to get a good view of the full sky for sunrise or sunset. I found a nearby location near the northern entrance of the Loop road for sunset last night, so I returned for dawn and sunrise. I was not disappointed as the colors in the clouds developed just before sunrise.
I went back to Clyde Butcher’s “Swamp Bungalow” for breakfast. The baby (one-year old) alligators were out next to the pond. Then it was back to the Loop road in Big Cypress National Preserve, with two goals — more birds and alligators, and pictures of the Cypress swamp. The swamp pictures were taken with a Leica T camera and then converted to B&W.