Sunday, August 18, 2013

Merritt Island NWR 8/17/13

 I started my early morning visit to Merritt Island NWR with a drive along Biolab Rd. It was a beautiful overcast morning with the sun hiding behind a heavy blanket of clouds for most of the time I was there.

Roseate Spoonbills

The west side of the road was occupied by egrets, herons, and colorful spoonbills.

Reddish Egret 

Tricolored Heron

 The east side of the road was filled with shorebirds, terns, and a few gulls.

Short-billed Dowitchers

Lesser Yellowlegs

A Semipalmated Plover and its peeps

Seaside Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice) ~female

There were thousands of dragonflies around and I enjoyed trying to capture them with my macro lens.

Seaside Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice)

Seaside Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice) ~male

Seaside Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice) ~male

Seaside Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice) ~male

Great Southern White

32 comments:

  1. Gorgeous Tammy! That first shot is incredible! That must have been exciting to develop....congrats and wonderful birds and dragonflies!!

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  2. Tammy, what wonderful photos! such soft lighting. It is very moody and serene! I cannot believe the close-ups of that dragonfly! Wow!

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  3. SWEET shots and reflections! wow!!! cute little dragon faces, too! :)

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  4. You must have a long telephoto lens to capture these birds. Are they skittish?

    You macro shots are sensational!

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  5. Bonitos reflejos el de estas aves,el de las Espatulas es precioso.Un abrazo

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  6. Wat een fantastische mooie serie heb je hier gemaakt,geweldig.

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  7. Beautiful series of photos Tammy.
    The first is my favorite, but the dragonflies are really great.
    Greetings Irma

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  8. All pictures are beutiful Tammy....i like also the reflections very much.

    Greetings, Joop

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  9. Hello friend!. . Should be a spectacle to see spoonbills!!! .. Beautiful pictures and great macro ... Cheers ..

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  10. Fantastic set Tammy, love the Spoonbills, a Short Billed Dowitcher would be very sought after over here :-)

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  11. Impressive images in which the technical sits. Enjoyed the whole series but the favorite is image no. 2.

    Ottar

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  12. Lovely ending to this blog, you use macro superbly, thanks Tammy.

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  13. Fantastic set of pics again Tammy the flamingos look great, as dose the Heron and Egret. And the dragons are brilliant.
    Take care Gordon.

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  14. That is one heck of a post!
    Your birds are fantastic, I can understand why you have put up the Spoonbill photo as your banner!
    I wish I could those birds one day!
    I am impressed by the dimorphism of the males and females Seaside Dragonlets! They are in total opposition!
    Tammy, all these pics are gorgeous and enchanting!
    We'll be in touch this coming Saturday!
    Keep well!

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  15. Una maravilla Tammy.
    Saludos desde Extremadura

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  16. Some lovely shots, those waders would get us excited in the UK.

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  17. Hi! Jero and Ramon are my friends so I've been visiting your blog. Your photos are incredibly clear and sharp, you have really awesome stuff, congratulations!!
    Greetings!

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  18. Those spoonbills are mind-blowing!!

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  19. Hola Tammy gran cantidad de imagenes surtidas de diversas especies la primera es para mi la mejor ese colorido resalta una gran belleza.Un abrazo

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  20. An impressive set of delicious images Tammy. I would be delighted to be reacquainted with any of those Waders sometime.

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  21. So many beautiful shots! I think the first pink one is my favorite though.

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  22. Love the shorebird pictures . Could totally go in a art exhibit. You are very talented.

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  23. Another superb post, Tammy! Love the macro dragonflies! You're right about that diffused lighting, it's nice!
    Great choice to use the Spoonbills for your header.

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  24. I like the post work on all the birds. There are no distractions and I love all the complete shadows you included!

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  25. Such wonderful photos Tammy! I always love the pink of the spoonfills. They look like they are ready to do a ballet dance. :)
    xo Catherine

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  26. Wow, these are gorgeous photos, Tammy! I love the Spoonbills, the reflection is awesome!

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  27. Hi Tammy, your header shot of the large gathering of Rosetta Spoonbills is stunning; as are your other bird captures.
    Fantastic dragonfly close up and personal shots :)
    Hugs


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  28. I love all the images Tammy but I must admit that the Seaside Dragonlet really took my breath away.

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  29. The dragon fly photos are amazing. I really like the reflections from the water in the other photos, especially the first shot.

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  30. Love those reflection shot, and always enjoyed stopping by. Good Work!

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