Merritt Island NWR, 3/30/2013

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This morning I spent the morning at NWR. I first went to Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, and that was pretty fun. The biggest highlights were seeing several American Avocets in breeding plumage and my first Eastern Kingbird of the year. The Eastern Kingbird was right near the restrooms, where I seem to find them every year.

At one of the stops there was a large mixed flock of wading birds and (where I saw the avocets). Photographically, this was the best part of my morning. At one point, a dove in to attack, I suspect one of the many , but pulled out of his dive. I was only able to get a photo after it decided to fly away. Man, those birds fly fast!

White Ibis

Lesser Yellowlegs

Falcon

After Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, I drove down Biolab Road and East/West Gator Creek. The only significant finds here were several Black-necked Stilts, both Long-billed and Short-billed Dowitchers and about 15 Stilt Sandpipers.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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