Welcome to Rick Marsi Online

For the past three decades, Rick Marsi's name has become synonymous with excellence in the following fields:

 

  • Visually stunning slide programs on nature and travel
  • Guided nature walks that educate and inspire
  • Professionally escorted nature tours in the USA and beyond

 

Purchase Rick's books and photos, hire him as a speaker for your next meeting or special event, or engage him to lead you on a guided nature walk.

Available for sale here now...

Rick's new book of nature

essays, "Log Cabin Year",

48 Reflections from Our

Seasons Past with illustrations

by Jan Mars

Price reduced to $19.95

Click on the book cover to view sample pages

 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Read a description of Rick's new slide program, "The Last Wild Tigers of India", by clicking "slide shows" on the tool bar at left.
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Check out a sampling of The Birds of India in "Bonus Content" at left.

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View my log of February nature sightings by clicking "diary" at left.
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Photos from a recent visit to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida...

Belted Kingfishers aren't the only birds that hover while looking for prey. Ospreys, Kestrels, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers and Pelicans also do it.


This Glossy Ibis uses its long curved bill to probe the marsh bottom, dislodging small invertebrates.


When its delicate bill detects prey, it procures it at the very tip, lifts its head up...


and adeptly tosses the tidbit down into its throat.


Roseate Spoonbills do the same thing. They swish their bills through the shallows until prey is encountered.


Then they lift their heads out of water and toss the food into their throats.


What a striking White Ibis color combination: White plumage, pink bill and pale blue eyes.




The best way to differentiate a stork like this Wood Stork from other wading birds in flight is the way it holds its head: straight out. Other waders, such as the Great Blue Heron, tuck their heads and necks into an S-curve.

Photos by Rick Marsi

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