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There were feeding birds of some sort almost wherever I stopped the car…

This third segment of my Florida birding sojourn involves parts of Merritt Island,  a refuge east of Titusville, south of Daytona and within eyesight of Cape Canaveral.

After driving up from Wakodahatchee, I got a place to stay, dumped some gear and made it out for a couple of late afternoon hours to  Merritt Island and chose one of the  more commonly used (and paved) driving tours you can take around the managed impoundments of the preserve.  Black Point I think it’s called.  I stopped in at the park headquarters and store to purchase the Bill Pranty guide to Florida birding.  The next morning at sunrise there was a thin layer of ice on the back window of my rental and I was eager to drive back to the island to run the less-travelled coral and dirt loops along the southern side of the preserve.  [click to continue...]

Bird photos from Wakodahatchee

by Lanny McDowell on March 22, 2009

This place, Wakodahatchee Wetlands, and you can’t complain about the name if you come from Massachusetts, is a gem of a wildlife preserve not too far from Miami and in the general vicinity of the West Palm Beach airport.  It’s also referred to as being located within the suburbs of Delray Beach.  It is small, well travelled; and the trails consist almost entirely of elevated boardwalks and levees.   Here is a very very local map.

MyAvian Art technical tip of the day:  Get really close to your subject.  I know, it’s obvious, but it does expand your bird photography potential exponentially.


















This final shot has a bit more Avian Art than snapshot in it and some pretty wild color in the water surface.  In my next blog on another Florida birding hotspot, Merritt Island, there will be a bunch of bird photos where the reflections are as interesting as the bird.



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