Last week I had fun visiting Honeymoon Beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on the Atlantic side of Florida. I got to see lots and lots of different birds, both ones that I have seen before and lots of new ones. Below are the pictures of some of the birds I was able to capture with my camera. Sorry if some of them are blurry or out of focus, my camera could not zoom in as far as I needed to get a good picture, so some of the photos are taken through my binoculars.
Osprey and nest. We saw lots of these guys and their nests during a hike at Honeymoon Beach.
Laughing gull. In the winter, the laughing gull’s head is gray/white but in the summer, it’s black. These guys would do anything for food!
My favorite! The American Oystercatcher.
Distinguished by their drab gray color, the Willet is a very common Florida shore bird.
This group of shore birds includes (from right to left) the laughing gull, the herring gull, and the royal tern.
A new shore bird for me was the Ruddy Turnstone.
Great Egret. Saw lots of these guys along the side of the road!
Great Blue Heron
Love the scenery in this photo along with the Roseate Spoonbills.
American Coot. Probably saw more of this bird than any of the other birds combined!
From right to left: Glossy Ibis, Tri-colored Heron, and the Roseate Spoonbill.
Right to left: Tri-Colored Heron and the Snowy Egret.
The tall bird is a Wood Stork and the small white birds are one of my favorites, the White Ibis.
Reddish Egret. I loved spotting all the different types of herons and egrets.
You can tell the Northern Shoveler apart from most ducks by it’s long, flat bill.
Anhinga with a Pie-Billed Grebe in the background.
Double-Crested Cormorant. The crests on a Double-Crested Cormorant are only clearly visible during the mating season. One way to tell an anhinga and a cormorant apart is by their beaks. A cormorant’s beak is hooked at the end, and an anhinga’s beak is straight and spear-like.
Common Moorhen. The Common Moorhen is similar in appearance to the American Coot except it has a more colorful body and a distinguishing red/orange beak and face.
The Florida Scrub Jay joined us for a picnic lunch.
My favorite (just kidding!!!), the Black Vulture. He is pretty cool though!
Below are a few birds I was unable to identify. Do you have any guesses?
Hope you had as much fun looking at my pictures as I had taking them!