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

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 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)


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)