Birdwatching Trip – J. N. “Ding” Darling NWR – July 15, 2008

We went to J. N. “Ding” Darling NWR on Sanibel Island, FL. It was an overcast and sometimes rainy day, we enjoyed birdwatching anyway. Here is what we saw:
Limpkin, Reddish Egret prancing around trying to scare up a meal, White Ibis, Cardinals-male and female, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron – first up close, raccoon, Mourning Dove, Ground Doves, Blue Jays, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Heron, Great Blue Heron, Great Egrets, Osprey, a new life bird-Magnificent Frigatebird, Double-crested Cormorants, Anhingas, Alligator, Rosette Spoonbills resting, and a Black-crowned Night-Heron. We then drove to the split between Sanibel and Captiva. There was a Great Blue Heron standing on the rocks behind a fisherman. People were walking up and taking its picture, and he didn’t move. I think he wanted that man to feed him. It must have been to windy for him to do his own fishing. The gulls and osprey were flapping hard and going nowhere in the wind. They were suspended in air.
The Lord made a great day, even though the weather could have been better (from a camera’s perspective.)

The photos in the slideshow are mostly what I took. The much better ones are Dan’s.

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