Sunday, April 19, 2015

More from Merritt Island NWR


I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday   They are both fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts.

I am sharing more from our Florida trip and our visit to the Merritt Island NWR..We had great timing while visiting the wildlife refuge. Amazing numbers of White Pelcians, Roseate Spoonbills and all the Egrets..


More birds from Merritt Island NWR..the Wood Stork, Osprey, Glossy Ibis, Little Blue Heron and the Blue-winged Teal ducks..


I could not get over seeing all these White Pelicans, Roseate Spoonbills, Ibis and Egrets in this one spot.. There was a feeding frenzy, small little fish were being gobbled up.


Above Yellowlegs (possibly the Lesser) Green Heron, I think this is the Boat-tailed Grackle and the American Coot.


I love the Rosette Spoonbill on the left middle..giving the Egret a nice hard time.


Brown Pelican, DC Cormorant, White Pelicans, Spoonbills, Ibis & Egrets.



My Youtube video of the large flock of White Pelicans and friends seen along the Biolab Rd at the Merritt Island NWR.

I hope you enjoyed my post. Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit. I appreciate the nice comments..

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95 comments:

Sandra said...

the spoonbill and white pelicans are beyond AMAZING. i have never seen them like that. the most of the spoon bills was about 10 and only a handfull of the white pelicans. i just love wood storks, they are like my favorite bird the pelican, so UGLY the are Beautiful.. you were in bird paradise.

Gayle said...

Hard to pick a favorite today; but probably the rosette spoonbills.
Have blessed day.

TexWisGirl said...

pretty big flocks! love the wood storks. so prehistoric looking. :)

Ela said...

Gorgeous collection of photos !!
Nice to see all these beautiful birds!
Greetings

Tinna Sjoeberg said...

That many birds in one place - that must have been heaven for you :))
I liked that video!
And no, I didn't have an accident, I just drew how I felt last night :)
You have a great Sunday and a happy week ahead, too!

Tinna ✐

Bob Bushell said...

Excellent pictures Eileen, the Roseate Spoonbill is my favourite.

Gattina said...

Oh my that's a lot of pelicans !

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Your pics really make me want to visit Florida again, Eileen.

P.S. I was born there!
~

Irma said...

Hello Eileen,
Beautiful pictures.
So many pelicans together.

magiceye said...

Amazing post!!

Nancy Chan said...

Hi Eileen, you are so blessed, this place looks like a bird haven!

Mama Zen said...

Really cool shots, Eileen!

Nancy Chan said...

Hi Eileen, you are so blessed! This looks like a bird's haven!

Fjällripan said...

So many beautiful birds! Must have been great to see them in real! :)

Nancy J said...

your video, too busy feeding to make much noise at all, and what a wonderful varied collection. The white is truly white.I often wonder how they stay so clean.

Strand Sigi said...

Wow! So many pelicans! Would have loved to be there right with you and watch them fishing :))
Have a fine Sunday and also a happy week ahead!

Sigi

Country Gal said...

Awesome post , photos and video Eileen . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Wow!!Gorgeous pictures!!So many kinds of birds together!!That place is a paradise!I really like them all!!Such beauty!!I really enjoyed your video!!Thank you for sharing!
Have a happy week!
Dimi...

Happyone said...

Wow that is a lot of pelicans.
Great picture.

Mary Cromer said...

All magnificent and more Glorious Spoonbills, how did I miss them when I was in Florida, for everyone said they are there, right where I was...maybe another journey one day~

DeniseinVA said...

Fantastic photos of all those wonderful birds Eileen. That must have been such a fun trip. Have a great week :)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wow, how amazing! That's a lot of birds. Have a great new week, Eileen!

Our photos said...

Wow, so many Pelicans ! Very nice !

Michelle said...

I like that photograph of the menagerie of birds. What a group!

Missy George said...

So many birds..Love the spoon bills...The Pelican video is great..Thanks for sharing..

Mildred said...

Eileen, These are amazing photos and I love the video. Thanks for sharing and I wish you a good evening.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, My fav of the bunch is the Wood Stork followed by the Roseate Spoonbills. Beautiful beautiful birds! I just will have to get to that particular Wildlife Refuge! Glad you shared your wonderful pictures! Have a great coming week.

Linda W. said...

Wow, that's a lot of pelicans!

The Yum List said...

Wow, that's a lot of birds in one place. I pity the poor fish below - they don't stand a chance. ;-)

Stephanie said...

Wow on the Pelicans! Love all your photos!

George said...

Your timing for your visit was indeed perfect. You got some great pictures.

Lynne said...

ALWAYS great pictures for us to see!
Thanks Eileen . . .

Cloudia said...

This bounty blows my mind, E!



ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

Debbie said...

Boy Eileen, what an amazing entry....the Pelicans are facinating and such an astounding number of them!!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Simply amazing and such beautiful birds and photos! WOW!!! How do you know what to take a picture of?! How'd we ever do it with film? :-)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Eileen, did I "publish" my last comment? Todd jumped on my lap, and I didn't see if it went through... If not, I will just say again what beautiful and amazing photos on this post! The birds really are incredible!! How do you ever know where to look and take a photo, and how did we ever do it with a roll of film, or even two rolls? :-)

Pat said...

Fantastic photos and video. what a huge flock!

Sara D.B. said...

Amazing photos, Eileen!
Have a lovely new week!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

HI Eileen,
wonderful photos of all these birds in the sunshine and Springtime. So beautiful !
Best regards, Synnöve

✿ chica said...

Eillen, quanta coisa linda vi por aqui. Dei uma passeada pelos posts que perdi! Lindo! Ótima semana, bom estar de volta! beijos,chica

Tom said...

It must be a noisy spot, but a nice noise. Tom The Backroads Traveller

podso said...

How amazing that would have been to see those pelicans and spoon bill so packed together like that. Have a nice week ahead!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

I would have been quite amazed seeing them all together like that ! This was fun to see! : )

HOOTIN ANNI said...

With all these wonderful sightings of the birds, it's like you're in my back doorstep...well, at least on the islands here in Texas.

Aren't wood storks fascinating?!!!

Lovely photos as always Eileen.

Nancy's Notes said...

Eileen, I'm stunned at the fantastic photographs and that video! I think I would be in shock to see what you've seen behind your camera lens! Incredible!!

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Wow, that is a lot of White Pelicans. Some great pics ... thanks for sharing! Have a happy day!

Gemma Wiseman said...

The gathering of birds is such a dramatic sight. Almost scary. A great series of images.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Eileen, WOW what incredible photos you shot and the video is great. Your trip was amazing. All those Pelicans in one spot is something to see.
Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a good week.
Hugs, CM

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

gorgeous birdie shots. i have a friend with that last name - Merritt. i wonder? have a great week, Eileen. enjoy every single second. ( :

Cranberry Morning said...

Great photos! What a delight it would be to see those amazing creatures in person.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

cool :)

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Oh, what a great gathering of white pelicans, must be fantastic to see with your own eyes(^_^)v
Thanks to you and other blogger friends, I am happy to be able to identify several birds :-) Remember surprised seeing spoon-bill, haha. Boat-tailed Grackle looks really having boat -tail♫♫♫

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

EG CameraGirl said...

So many birds! Amazing!!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Vibrant photos Eileen! What lucky birds these were to have so much food available to them! (I was always think of the tale the Scarlet Ibis..)
Have a lovely Monday,
Jemma

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Fantastic photos! The flock of white pelicans is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Life Images by Jill said...

wow so many birds. They certainly seem to be in a feeding frenzy! I loved seeing the video Eileen. I should take little videos sometimes too. It really is so much better sometimes than static pictures.
Have a great week Eileen.

Lea said...

Lovely birds!
Have a great day!
Lea

Mary Hone said...

Wow, all those birds, I bet that sounds so awesome.

Booth 555 said...

wow, so many to see at once. Lovely. But so sad for the little dinner fishies.
-Lisa

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, beautiful birds

Cathy Keller said...

Your photos are always so incredibly beautiful!!! Thank your for sharing!! Have a wonderful weekd1

Poppy said...

Hi Eileen,

Visiting you today via Mosaic Monday! Oh my goodness, all those beautiful birds gathered in one spot! It looks like a sanctuary - water, fresh air, friends...

Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful week!

Poppy

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Stunning series as always. I have pictures of a heron from there that looks like a little blue (on the face) but it is grayish and has pink legs... I keep looking for this bird on your post hoping you'll ID it for me ;>))). Let me know if you have any ideas. I'll probably post it one of these days even if I don't get it figured out.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Oh wow! Just a wonderful collection of bird shots! It must be quite an amazing sight to see so many together. Have a wonderful day!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

That is amazing to see so many birds feeding together and there's bound to be the odd squabble. :-)
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Eileen.

Karen said...

Those are incredible photos! Wow!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I am amazed by the number of birds in this refuge, Eileen. The spoonbills and pelicans al look so healthy. I enjoyed seeing your video of them swimming in the lake. You must have been so happy to be able to photograph so many birds there!

Helma said...

Beautiful birds and I find it so special to see pink spoonbills! In the Netherlands we know only the white spoonbills pink but I find many times more beautiful:-)
Nice week Eileen.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of birds. So many birds all in one place.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

I wish I had visited more wildlife areas when I used to go to FL in the 70s and 80s...back then it was the beach only. So much I missed.

mick said...

Great photos and how interesting to see that many big birds all together in the one stretch of water. There wouldn't be too many fish left after that huge group of birds went through!

ladyfi said...

Wow - so many gorgeous and amazing birds.

Sheila said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello. I looked over my post and realized I had forgotten to include the pictures of the geese and the moose so some photos are there now. I am amazed at the beautiful birds you shared in this post. It must have been thrilling to see them all.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

What a sight to behold Eileen!
I would have been in seventh Heaven and I'm so glad you've got a camera with a great lens!
The white pelicans are wonderful birds and I enjoyed your video so much - thank you! They sounded very quiet or were they actually quite noisy, ha ha!
We have a small colony of pelicans a few hours north of where I live, but you can only get there by rowing a dingy. The Department of Conservation are discouraging visitors at this stage. Apparently a handful of birds lost their way from Australia and they are hopeful of them happily breeding.
I hope I can see them one day....
Birds are fascinating and such a lovely interest aren't they?
Enjoy your week too dear Eileen.
Shane x

Jane said...

Really neat how many birds are together there! Glad you got to experience seeing them! Thanks for sharing!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've never seen that many white pelicans in one place! WOW! You must have loved visiting Florida and seeing such a variety of birds. We are always amazed when we travel around the state. I'm enjoying your photos! Hugs, Diane

colleen said...

What a sight to see the birds all clustered together like that!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Enjoyed seeing the pictures and video. Lived in FL many years but never saw that large of a group of white pelicans in one place.
Thanks for sharing.

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous!


Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

NatureFootstep said...

wow, that lake is crowded with big birds :) Loved to see the video :)

Photo Cache said...

wow that's amazing. there are so many birds at one spot. must felt like disneyland to birders.

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Joyful said...

Really lovely photos Eileen. I just love seeing a lot of birds in one place. Happy week ahead! xx

Gail Dixon said...

Eileen! You hit the jackpot. I have never seen so many wading birds in one area! The one roseate spoonbills is giving that poor egret hell, lol. Great shots and video!

Al said...

That's a lot of wildlife - lovely!

Kusum Sanu said...

WOW! So many pelicans! Lovely shots Eileen!

Indrani said...

I love such crowds, some major discussion is on it seems. :)
Great shots!

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Gorgeous sequence of images, beautiful post!

Elaine said...

What a wonderful variety of birds! You must have felt like you were in heaven.

Elizabeth said...

Wow - what a bird party! Don't want to be standing under them when they take off!

Sylvia said...

Eileen, What a lot of birds. I have to be very patient to see even four or five pelicans here. I am really excited when I see them though. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

Rose said...

I really do enjoy seeing the birds you post...you sure have a wide variety.

Debby Ray said...

What fantastic shots! I have never seen so many different kinds of lovely birds all together like that...what a thrill that must have been and you captured it well!

Bethany Carson said...

Oh wow! Such a neat assortment of birds! You found quite the group!

NC Sue said...

Gorgeous photography!
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Linda said...

Such abundance! Wonderful!

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