October Birds of Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

An Osprey at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Osprey at Merritt Island NWR

I spent a day photographing the birds of Merritt Island NWR in early October. It wasn’t the best time of the year for birds at Merritt Island but was still an enjoyable day. (The winter months are the best time to visit. I was there in January a few years ago and that was much better.) The weather and light weren’t great on the day I visited but here are a few shots from the steamy overcast day. The Osprey (above) is my favorite shot from the day. I photographed the Osprey from my car while driving on Bilolab Road.

A Snowy Egret at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Snowy Egret at Merritt Island NWR

There were quite a few egrets around including the Snowy Egret above, as well as a few White Ibis (below). Both of these birds were in one of the ponds near the beginning of the Black Point Wildlife Drive.

A White Ibis at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

White Ibis at Merritt Island NWR

I will post some more photos in my next blog post. All photos were shot with a Nikon D500 camera and Nikkor 300mm f4/E PF lens with a 1.4x teleconverter.

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