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Snowy Egret444 viewsOnce decimated by plumage hunters, the snowy egret is now one of the most common birds in Florida. At Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
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Young reddish egret, white ibis, and tricolor heron86 viewsAt Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
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Reddish egret, tricolor heron79 viewsWhere did the white ibis go? Taken at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
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Reddish egret88 viewsTaken at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
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The Reddish Egret Surveys His Hunting Grounds81 viewsReddish egrets are normally found on the west coast of Florida. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, however, is their only east coast haunt. The "fishing dance" of the reddish egret is a sight to behold. The bird will spread his wings and prance around, casting shadows on the water, temporarily mesmerizing the fish.
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Lesser Yellowlegs79 viewsTaken at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
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Black Skimmer (just left of center) surrounded by terns77 viewsThe black skimmer is another interesting feeder--he skims along the water, flying at a pretty good clip, extending his bottom bill into the water, scooping up fish as he flies.
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Roseate Spoonbill and a Great Egret78 viewsTaken at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
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Roseate Spoonbill85 viewsTaken at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
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Black Things80 viewsWell, we were too far away to make a positive ID on these birds. Of course, we had forgotten the binoculars. I'll guess that they were cormorants. Taken at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
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Tricolor Heron71 viewsTaken at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
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Willet79 viewsTaken at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
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