I took a brief ride down Black Point Drive at Merritt Island NWR recently and said hello to some of my Winter (or all year!) favorites. Hooded Mergansers: Wood Stork: The elegant American Avocets: Roseate Spoonbill: Juvenile Little Blue Heron:
I hadn't been to Viera Wetlands in a few months so I went to check up on it. There are more birds at Merritt Island this Winter, but I am so excited to visit Viera this Spring! Why? Nestlings!! The Great Blue Heron's are already setting up on the palms and the platform, and there are even more nests than last year... Here are a few more shots from the day: I was amused by the duck and Coots having a tussle over this snack.
I recently found some Hooded Mergansers hanging out in the retention pond behind my work. I went around to take some photos and found a pair of regular ol ducks (Mallard/Mottled hybrid maybe?), some Cormorants, and an Eastern Phoebe too. Nice spot to take a look at some cool birds. The Hooded Mergansers are awesome!