Birdwatching at Merritt Island Blackpoint Drive

Great Egret Relaxing at Black Point Dr.

Great Egret Relaxing at Black Point Dr.

“This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.” (Psalms 132:14 KJV)

Dan and I took a short break and drove to the east coast of Florida and spent two nights. On Tuesday, we drove through Merritt Island’s Black Point Drive. I was reading their page and it says, “The 7-mile, one-way drive follows a dike road around several shallow marsh impoundments and through pine flatwoods. This provides an excellent place to see waterfowl (in season), wading birds, shorebirds and raptors. Alligators, river otters, bobcats, various species of snakes, and other wildlife may be visible as well. A self-guiding brochure (available near the drive entrance) will provide information on things to look for. Driving time is approximately 40 minutes.” [emphasis mine] That 40 minutes is for those who are just viewing birds. Those of us who are birdwatchers and photographers have hardly gone halfway in 40 minutes.

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We enjoyed seeing many of the wintering birds this time. Last time we visited, the ponds were almost dried up and so had the birdwatching. Much better this trip.

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Zoomed in on Great White Egret

As those of you know who have been following this blog, that I am dealing with a back issue and will probably need surgery in a month or so. The benefit of visiting this place and Viera Wetlands, which we did on Wednesday, is that I can watch and take pictures from the car, or just step outside. That is what I did, so some of the shots may not be the best. I appreciate those of you who have been praying about my back. My MRI isn’t scheduled until the 26th of Jan. [insurance issue] At any rate, I trust that my adventure will encourage those of you who have health issues, to go ahead and figure out a way to still enjoy the Lord’s blessings in nature.

This Snowy Egret was trying to shuffle up a fish – Enlarge video to see the shuffling better:

“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 KJV)

Most of the views are quite distant, but I always enjoy the challenge of trying to zoom in an catch some of these critters. Surprising, even at these distances, you can ID the birds.

Here are some of the photos that I took. Dan doesn’t have his ready yet.

I will have more of our trip later.

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Previous trips to Merritt Island:

2 thoughts on “Birdwatching at Merritt Island Blackpoint Drive

  1. So glad that you are able to focus on the birds and remember that not a sparrow falleth! I hope you will be able to rest in the Lord’s care as you go through the health issues. We can continue to pray that surgery can be avoided if that is the Lord’s will, or that He will bring you relief through the surgery if that is His way.

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    • That is exactly my thoughts on it. I try to focus on other things and stay active. No sense complaining, it never changes the reality of things anyway. Trust you have a great New Year out there.

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