Cycling in Florida – Merritt Island Revisited

Another sunny day with reasonable temperatures. Began the day walking the beach in Cape Canaveral and then returned to walk the trails of Merritt Island while John did another loop on his bike. On the previous day’s visit to Merritt Island, Black Vultures and Armadillos had been the primary subjects but today I was more interested in the wading and shoreline birds.

The waters in the Merritt Island wetlands come with two distinct characters. Part are left to rise and fall with the tides and part are behind control structures that keep the water at managed levels. This results in a broad variety of habitat and plenty of wading birds. One of the sought after species is the very colourful Roseate Spoonbill. Although I saw four of these beautiful birds in flight, none came within camera range.

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African Safari – October 25th – Nairobi to the Great Rift Valley

African Safari – October 25th – Nairobi to the Great Rift Valley

Having survived our long flight without incident we awoke early for our first day of our safari.

6 AM – heading for breakfast.
6:05 AM – Didn’t have to go far to photograph the “BIG FIVE”. 🙂

Our destination for today was Lake Nakuru National Park – Approx travel distance 180km. Approximate travel time: 3 hours.
Before heading out in the vans for the day, Graeme and I had a few moments to take photos of some of the vegetation in front of the hotel before we got settled into the vans for the long drive ahead of us.

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