Wednesday (05-February-2014) — Florida

Gone to See America 2014 Road Trip Day 5. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Four Roseate Spoonbills Feeding in a Mangrove Pond. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 400 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/4, 1/3200 sec).

Four Roseate Spoonbills Feeding in a Mangrove Pond. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 400 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/4, 1/3200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Four Roseate Spoonbills Feeding in a Mangrove Pond. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 400 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/4, 1/3200 sec). (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (05-February-2014) — Florida

Gone to See America 2014 Road Trip Day 5. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Tricolored Heron on a Branch. Along Biolab Road at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec).

Tricolored Heron on a Branch. Along Biolab Road at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tricolored Heron on a Branch. Along Biolab Road at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (05-February-2014) — Florida

Gone to See America 2014 Road Trip Day 5. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Alligator taking a mud bath along Biolab Road. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec). Although he appears to be sleeping, this guy was big enough that even though he is pointed the other direction, I didn’t get out of the car to take the picture….

Alligator Taking a Mud Bath Along Biolab Road. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Alligator Taking a Mud Bath Along Biolab Road. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (05-February-2014) — Florida

Gone to See America 2014 Road Trip Day 5. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Winter Nature in Florida: Osprey keeping an eye on everything that happens along Biolab Road.

Morning Osprey Lookout at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec) (David J Mathre)
Morning Osprey Lookout at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec) (David J Mathre)
Morning Osprey Lookout at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 140, 600 mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Morning Osprey Lookout at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 140, 600 mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec) (David J Mathre)