|A pair of pintails greeted me early on my drive.|
But I had heard that there was a population of my sought after treasure in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge so while I am so close I thought I'd go and have a look. If you are ever in the area I strongly suggest you do the same. The refuge is on land that was once part of the old Kennedy Space Center. I had to leave my rv parked at the visitor center and drive my car through the refuge but it was worth the work of unhooking and hooking back up. I spent most of the day there and would have stayed longer had I not wanted to get on down a bit more south before dark.
|Tri colored Heron is not interested in photography|
|Snowy egrets having a bad hair day|
Finally I took the Biolab Road which I had been warned was gravel and had a lot of potholes. The warnings were true. I was barely able to go over 10-15 mph making the 4 mile stretch seem to go on forever. Finally, off in the distance, as a cloud of white feathers filled the sky I spied a bit of pink. Then, around the next corner, there they were. I finally saw Mr. and Mrs. Spoonbill looking quite rosey and I believe nesting. Up close they do look a bit ungangly with their large spoon-shaped beaks, but the beautiful pink feathers make up for that all around.
|Mr. and Mrs. Wood stork stand against the wind|