There was a rare migrant Spotted Redshank spotted Saturday at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. It is a Eurasian bird that occasionally shows up on the US coasts. I decided I would visit MINWR for a normal shooting trip and keep an eye out for the bird. When I passed the spot where it had been seen, there many birders already there lined up on the side of the road with spotting scopes everywhere. After saying hi to several birders I know, I decided they had the area covered pretty well and headed to Shiloh to take another shot at the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
I had to walk far past the spot where he had been hanging out and eventually found him hanging onto a snag and being blown around by the 15-20mph wind. I only got off a few shots under difficult conditions, before he dove and grabbed a bug out of the air about 5 feet from me. I was unable to find him again. I liked one of my shots, but had to clone out some distracting twigs with Photoshop.
The walk back was long and into the wind, but there were a few opportunities to shoot some ducks. It is time to change focus from the little birds to getting some fun duck shots.
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Lesser Scaup Fly-by
Lesser Scaup Take-off
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