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There was a "dead calm" in the early morning at Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve. A slight mist was burning off, and the air was still. I learned that these conditions are perfect for no-see-ums and other nasty biting insects to rise up and feed voraciously (on me) ; -))

 

The mangroves were mini-islands in this picture, and a large mixed flock of birds were in distance.

 

Merritt Island NWR and Canaveral National Seashore are a vast natural area (over 140,000 acres) that serve as a "buffer zone" for the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island. Much of the NWR and seashore are closed during rocket launches. This NWR provides an important sanctuary for migrating birds, and for several endangered plants and animals.

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One of the Philippine's premiere tourist destinations, Honda Bay, Palawan island is also known as the "The Last Frontier". Regardless of its dazzling natural beauty, Palawan's 1,770 islands has been one of the least developed holiday destinations in Southeast Asia. So far the lack of commercialism has made Palawan very special, but it is becoming more popular mostly for international divers, as well as adventurers.

 

Conde Nast Travel readers voted in 2014 and 2015, Palawan Island as the most beautiful island in the world.

 

Travel & Leisure Magazine readers awarded Palawan as the best island in the world in 2013, 2016 & 2017.

First sunrise of the new year at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge near Naples, Florida

Great blue heron and reflection in the pre-dawn hours at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Group of Short-billed dowitchers and reflections in the early morning light at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge near Naples, Florida

Sunrise over the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Naples, Florida

Silhouettes of a flock of cormorants in flight formation with the Waning Gibbous moon in the early morning hours at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge near Naples, Florida

Silhouette of Great blue heron perched atop a Mangrove tree at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Naples, Florida

Caspian tern in flight over Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge at sunrise, Naples, Florida

Brown Pelicans are more common in Florida. The Brown Pelican, often spotted on boat docks, concrete, wood pilings and nesting on mangrove islands, serves as one of the state's most iconic images, right up there with sunshine, beaches and palm trees.

Little blue heron with breeding plumage perching on a mangrove tree on the marsh in Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge near Naples, Florida

Juvenile bald eagle in flight at sunrise at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Naples, Florida

Great White Heron Florida.

 

The majestic great white heron is unique to south Florida and the Florida Keys. Nesting occurs throughout the year, with a pronounced peak between November and February. Nesting habitat is primarily on mangrove islands within Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge and Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Birds forage on large, continuous turtle grass beds during a limited fraction of the tidal cycle. Destruction of seagrass beds by boating impacts can directly limit the availability and quality of forage habitat for these birds.

  

Is the great white heron a separate species?

Originally thought to be just a white color morph of the great blue heron, recent research about the great white suggests that it is at least a subspecies of it. Some preliminary unpublished data suggests that it may even be a completely separate species.

 

For more information on the movement patterns of the great white heron, visit ARCI's website on tracking studies of avian species.

 

No post-processing done to photo. Nikon NEF (RAW) files available. NPP Straight Photography at noPhotoShopping.com

Caroni Swamp, Trinidad. - taken from a moving boat this was a small group of Ibis of the hundreds that were coming in at sunset to spend the night on some mangrove islands in the swamp, some had travelled from as far as Venezuela.

After a dreary drizzly day here, I had to distract myself with vacation pics!

Missing Belize - Caye Caulker

 

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Do you look at water to see the sunsets, the reflections and the colors?

 

The island is a mangrove island, now in May 2010 very threatened by the Gulf Oil Spill. The US Dept. of the Interior has great up to the minute reporting, with ways to report any damage observed, how to get them your ideas of any technology of what might help, a summary of all the sates and areas affected, how to volunteer help, or vessels, etc.—here: www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon/index.cfm

  

I love to watch the sunsets. I took this photo over a year ago in Key Largo. Just happened to have my camera with me at the right time and place. I never tire of watching the sunset. Even from the same place, it's always a different painting every evening. The sunsets remind me of what really matters in life.

 

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No one really knows who actually saw the first pelican, but in 1803, a group of hunters discovered a five-acre mangrove island on the Indian River, near Vero Beach, Florida where thousands of brown pelicans and other water birds would roost and nest. They called it "Pelican Island". These hunters were killing at least 60 spoonbills a day until, a century later (1903), President Theodore Roosevelt came to the island and established it as the first federal bird reservation and the forerunner to the National Wildlife Refuge System.

 

This photograph was taken at the Natural Bridges State Park near Santa Cruz, California, a West Coast refuge for brown pelicans and other sea birds.

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Old Mangrove at Pari Island, Jakarta

The rare and very Majestic Great White Heron is unique to south Florida and the Florida Keys. Nesting occurs throughout the year, with a pronounced peak between November and February. Nesting habitat is primarily on mangrove islands..

Amazing sunset at a small little mangrove island in Singer Island Florida by MacArthur Park. HDR image created in Aurora HDR software with minor Lightroom adjustments.

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Snowy egret in flight over marsh at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge near Naples, Florida

This guy was just floating along on a Mangrove Out Crop and was just preening and looking real cool.

 

Had an excellent day today folks and it will criteria for my Saturday outing, if there all like this I will never complain. It was a 244 mile round trip for me today and well worth the efort.

 

Thank you all for visiting it is so very much appreciated.

Great egret with reflection taking flight at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Naples, Florida

Full moon and reflection in the marsh at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge near Naples, Florida

Little blue heron with breeding plumage in flight at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge near Naples, Florida

Great egret in flight above Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge near Naples, Florida

Sunrise over marsh at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge near Naples, Florida

Great White Heron Florida.

 

The majestic great white heron is unique to south Florida and the Florida Keys. Nesting occurs throughout the year, with a pronounced peak between November and February. Nesting habitat is primarily on mangrove islands within Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge and Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Birds forage on large, continuous turtle grass beds during a limited fraction of the tidal cycle. Destruction of seagrass beds by boating impacts can directly limit the availability and quality of forage habitat for these birds.

  

Is the great white heron a separate species?

Originally thought to be just a white color morph of the great blue heron, recent research about the great white suggests that it is at least a subspecies of it. Some preliminary unpublished data suggests that it may even be a completely separate species.

 

For more information on the movement patterns of the great white heron, visit ARCI's website on tracking studies of avian species.

 

No post-processing done to photo, only cropped. Nikon NEF (RAW) files available. NPP Straight Photography at noPhotoShopping.com

Adult Little blue heron attacking a juvenile Little blue heron in the marsh at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge near Naples, Florida

Two Black-winged stilts in flight at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge near Naples, Florida

Mangrove island, Caulker, Belize

This frigatebird sits on top of the largest breeding colony in Ecuador. 20,000 thousand frigatebirsds soar the skies and almost completely cover the green of a 4 hectare mangrove island.

 

Photo taken without flash

 

The best birdwatching and bird photo tours in Ecuador:

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This is a scene found at the Ding Darling Preserve on Sanibel Island, Florida.

Great White Heron Florida.

 

The majestic great white heron is unique to south Florida and the Florida Keys. Nesting occurs throughout the year, with a pronounced peak between November and February. Nesting habitat is primarily on mangrove islands within Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge and Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Birds forage on large, continuous turtle grass beds during a limited fraction of the tidal cycle. Destruction of seagrass beds by boating impacts can directly limit the availability and quality of forage habitat for these birds.

  

Is the great white heron a separate species?

Originally thought to be just a white color morph of the great blue heron, recent research about the great white suggests that it is at least a subspecies of it. Some preliminary unpublished data suggests that it may even be a completely separate species.

 

For more information on the movement patterns of the great white heron, visit ARCI's website on tracking studies of avian species.

 

No post-processing done to photo, only cropped. Nikon NEF (RAW) files available. NPP Straight Photography at noPhotoShopping.com

As our catamaran made its way slowly up the Rio Dulce, Guatemala towards Lake Izabal, we passed a small mid river mangrove island inhabited by many waterfowl including what I think is the Brown Pelican.

 

I took this photograph in May 1998, while on vacation on Sanibel Island, Florida. While there I visited the J. N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, named after Jay Norwood Darling, who rescued Sanibel Island from the Developers. Jay Norwood Darling persuaded President Harry Truman to Sign an Executive Order to Create the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge in 1945.

 

The Photograph show several Birds of various Species.

 

Sanibel Island is located in Lee County, Florida directly across San Carlos Bay from Fort Meyers Beach, Fort Meyers, FL.

 

Disclaimer: This photograph was taken in May 1998 with my Minolta Maxxim 5000 35 mm SLR with Color Print Film, when I was just learning photograph, so it is very soft & grainy. I scanned the Negative, and used Photoshop Elements™ to correct the Exposure and Saturation to generate the Digital Digital Image, presented here on flickr™.

Great White Heron Florida.

 

The majestic great white heron is unique to south Florida and the Florida Keys. Nesting occurs throughout the year, with a pronounced peak between November and February. Nesting habitat is primarily on mangrove islands within Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge and Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Birds forage on large, continuous turtle grass beds during a limited fraction of the tidal cycle. Destruction of seagrass beds by boating impacts can directly limit the availability and quality of forage habitat for these birds.

  

Is the great white heron a separate species?

Originally thought to be just a white color morph of the great blue heron, recent research about the great white suggests that it is at least a subspecies of it. Some preliminary unpublished data suggests that it may even be a completely separate species.

 

For more information on the movement patterns of the great white heron, visit ARCI's website on tracking studies of avian species.

 

No post-processing done to photo. Nikon NEF (RAW) files available. NPP Straight Photography at noPhotoShopping.com

Another Mangrove sunrise photo, don't complain, I got bitten to hell shooting this.

A cumulus cloud that's size matches the a mangrove island along the Indian River in Mims - May 30, 2020.

Deering Estate at Cutler, Miami, FL

 

Saturday morning I had signed up again for another sunrise shoot at the Deering Estate. Being the start of spring the sun was again rising in the center of the keyhole boat basin.

 

It was a beautiful still morning, albeit cloudless - a few clouds would have been nice, but oh well, you make due with what you get.

 

I shot this a few minutes after sunrise as the sun was coming up behind the little mangrove island to the left of the boat basin entrance.

 

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I am not sure where you would launch a kayak, maybe from the only house in this photo. Can you find it? This would be a great place to explore. West of Burnt Store Lakes in Punta Gorda, FL, are mangrove islands edging Charlotte Harbor. In the far off distance you can barely see Cape Haze Aquatic Preserve which is technically part of Boca Grande. This image from a drone flight. youtu.be/cH_RmA15QFc

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