Florida State Road 528 over the Indian River Lagoon heading westbound toward Orlando at sunset. Applied a slight blur to the image and suddenly it took on the appearance of a painting. Different car, same dirty windshield.
Roseate Spoonbills at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge protect themselves from a cold wind in the lee of the mangroves in this mosquito impoundment. These Spoonbills and White Ibis brace against the brisk wind blowing across the mosquito impoundment far from any shelter. Note the unconventional seagull taking the full force of the wind on its side.
A combination of the weather and a rich foraging environment in a mosquito impoundment led to the discovery of this large flock of birds at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. A cold front moving through the area brought a brisk, chill wind gusting from the north that the birds found protection from by hugging the northern shoreline for the windbreak the mangroves provided. Besides the wind and cold temperature, the birds — and photographer — had to contend with a […]