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A Few More Birds in Florida

By Mark D. Roberts | Wednesday, March 11, 2009

During my sojourn in Florida, I was able to visit Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. It lies along the Atlantic coast of central Florida, about 50 miles due east of Orlando. Among the animals we saw were several birds that I had not seen before, including:

The Great (or American) Egret

The Louisiana (or Tricolor) Heron

Two Spoonbills. A Spoonbill is pink, like a Flamingo, but it is shorter and has a large, spoon-shaped beak. I enlarged part of the photo so you can see the Spoonbills in more detail.

Anhinga (also known as a Snake Bird because its body is under water when it swims. This happens because the Anhinga does not have oil glands to waterproof its wings.)

photo credit to my son, Nathan, of

P.S. If you’re new to my blog, you may wonder why I’m putting up these pictures. I generally do this sort of thing when I’m on vacation. My readers still get something interesting when they stop by my blog, and I don’t have to spend too many brain cells on blog posts.

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3 Responses to “A Few More Birds in Florida”

  1. Thomas Buck Says:
    March 11th, 2009 at 2:10 am

    Thanks for the pics, Mark. Cool birds. I remember Ahningas being all over the place in the Everglades when I last visited there.

    Another bird that was a novelty for me when I visited Florida was the brown pelican. At dusk, when the birds were not well-illuminated, they reminded me of pterodactyls. Awesome.

  2. Bill Goff Says:
    March 11th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Mark,
    Thanks for sharing the photos of the beautiful birds. You and you son, Nathan, are outstanding photographers. Perhaps I am a man of little faith, but it is very hard for me to believe that such beautiful creatures are the result of a random process of evolution. It is easier for me to believe that they are the the result of a very imaginative, artistic Creator.

  3. More Than Birds in Florida | Says:
    March 12th, 2009 at 12:03 am

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