Merritt Island and Viera Wetlands

We spent the morning driving the Blacktail Loop at Merrit Island. Our first encounter was a Snowy Egret who was busy fishing and didn’t [ay any attention to us. Even though the water was a lovely blue, I decided I liked the graphic nature of going B&W uing NIK Silver Efecx Pro 2…

As we photographed the Snowy Egret, a pair of Greater Yellowlegs was working the same shallow water scurrying back and forth. Normally, I prefer the bird to be closer to the edge of the image that it is entering to give it room to move through the frame but, in this case, I liked the wake it was making so, I composed the image with the bird closer to the edge of the frame that it was headed towards…

Due to unusual circumstances (see next blog) the afternoon found us back at Viera Wetlands working the birds in the beautiful afternoon light. I chose to include the reeds in the frame as it gives a sense of habitat as well as making a nice color combination of blue and green as a nice background…

The reeds also made a nice reflection in the water as a Blue-winged Teal swam though…

Tomorrow morning we will return to Viera for the early light. Say tuned.

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 600mm f4 VR, TC-14E II (last two images) on Lexar digital media