Monday, August 13, 2012

Little Blue Heron - Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Recently I birded around east coast with a friend from overseas. The first picture I would like to share with you is a Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)) from Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge is claimed to be one of the best birding hot spot in the Atlantic coast according to my good friend also an avid birder and a professional wildlife photographer, Thomas Dunkerton. No matter which month of the year, you can always find abundant, yet interesting species  of waterfowl and shorebirds in this 140,000 acres (570 km2 ) of land developed by NASA in 1960. Over 330 species of birds have been documented and this refuge also is an important habitat for endangered Florida Scrub Jay.

The smallest heron of the United States. Click image to enlarge

Little Blue Heron is entirely white for the first year and they tend to mixed with  a flock of
Snowy Egrets to catch more fish :)

Thanks Tom for his great knowledge in birds and correction for this post (previously I mistakenly thought it was a Reddish Egret). By showing us around the refuge and explaining different habitats of this island, and wow, not only did I photograph a lot of cool birds, I learned so much about the refuge and it's vicinity. I could not wait to get back down the refuge for the 2012 Christmas Bird Count :) -- Happy Birding! -- Linda

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