Sunday, December 4, 2016

ORLANDO WETLANDS PARK & MERRITT ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

I spent the morning walking around Orlando Wetlands Park and driving the Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island NWR.  Orlando is freshwater and Merritt Island is saltmarsh.  They share some of the same species and some are different.

Orlando Wetlands Park

 Red-shouldered Hawk


Sunrise

Caspian Tern

 Wilson's Snipe

 Glossy Ibis

Great Blue Heron

Purple Gallinule

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Turkey Vulture

Snowy Egret


Great Egrets

 Limpkin

 Tricolored Heron



 There are six in this photo


Sandhill Cranes

 Monarch Butterfly

Belted Kingfisher female


 Alligators

 Little Blue Heron with breakfast

Merritt Island NWR


Hooded Mergansers

 Anhinga

 Blue-winged Teal

Mostly Roseate Spoonbills with some other waders and White Pelicans thrown in.


Roseate Spoonbills

Bald Eagle sitting by the nest I've been watching for 8 or 9 years now.