Monday, July 14, 2014

CWA

A visit to CWA in Ft.Myers Beach was calling my name, it had been a while since my last visit - quite a few chicks have since been born and fed....come and take a look.
When I got there - the sun was rising and the moon was still up.

The little Sandpiper called my attention

he then shared a little secret.....that he likes to

pretend that he's a Roseate Spoonbill.

After watching him for a while, I moved on further to the beach to observe the Black Skimmers with their families.


The Skimmers are within a roped off area and apparently they claim more room outside of the assigned boundaries as well...

and they feel free to let you know.



The Wilson Plover had their own families on the beach too.


A little bit further the Estero Lagoon is appealing to a lot of wildlife - this Roseate was resting peacefully.

The Willet was pretty vocal as I walked by,

the Great Blue Heron on the other hand was as quiet as a church mouse.

Here was my go-to bird today....an American Oystercatcher,

settling down to start a family.

The quiet observer by the lagoon.




It was entertaining to watch him as he took some cool break from the hot sun.


Still observing.

The mate flew in and they had a little chit-chat about the status of the eggs and

off they went to their own business, the female taking over the duties...while the male

took a refreshing dip.





and that's "my end" he said.

As I made my way back, I spotted some of the Least Tern chicks.


and the Black Skimmers chicks too.




Bringing fish and feeding the little ones is a full time job.

I walked back across the bridge, feeling full with spirit and smiling while observing the stingrays and dolphins swimming by.....a great birding morning this was!  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Some surprises - always.

A quiet morning - all around - yet a few surprises.
The sun is about to rise and the colors are promising.

Not quite enough light in this corner to capture the features of those four Black-crowned Night Herons.

The White Ibis kids on the block - here's the youngest aka "juvenile"...

and the teenagers aka "immature".

all in one big happy bunch - I wonder if mom knows where her kids are.

At the other corner of the Bailey Tract - there was a gator guarding the path....

Check the smile on his face! I wonder if he's thinking "I'm gonna get you my little pretty"......ha!....I'm all eyes and ears and I'm watching you.

And why do you think the gator crossed the road....well, the water is always looking wetter on the other side, of course.

 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Some locals along Ding Darling

I did my weekly visit to Ding Darling and had the pleasure to spend some time with the locals - a colorful bunch they are.
This was in my back yard as I headed out the door - for the past couple of days there has been 4 Red-bellied Woodpeckers chasing each other around loudly - not quite sure the meaning of this behavior.

The year around resident of Ding - A Yellow-crowned Night Heron.

By the Tower - a nice group of Roseate Spoonbills and a Reddish Egret doing its dance.



An Immature Little Blue Heron.

The Great Egret - quite royal don't you think?



Here's another Yellow-crowned Night Heron - busy searching for crabs.

Gotcha! Yum.

Here's the younger version - quite striking....this one was hanging around the Caloosa Trail boardwalk area.