Sunday, April 28, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
|Great Blue Heron|
|can grow: 40-52 in.|
|a very famous profile...|
Also sharing with: http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com
Saturday, April 13, 2013
|A fascinating creature...|
|Standing tall...I was protected by a fenced in boardwalk when I took this photo.|
|Always in pursuit of food...|
|Ok, so not the prettiest bird in the universe...|
|Yes, that is a gator in the background...|
Thursday, April 11, 2013
|I feel happy, o so happy...sorry not the greatest shot but it made me smile...|
|Slowly I walk...|
|Their plumes were used by hat makers and they almost became extinct...|
Saturday, April 6, 2013
|Roseate Spoonbill/Let Me Get This Out Of Your Way|
|Little Blue Heron|
|Roseate Spoonbill/ Little Blue Heron|
|Roseate Spoonbill/Morning Ritual|
|Roseate Spoonbill/Me First |
We dropped Mom off at the airport, then headed south for about thirty minutes to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida. A local TV station had reported an abundance of birds due to the lack of rain. Birds seeking refuge in any water that remained, had been reported.
Rain was in the forecast, it was overcast, muggy and a perfect day for photographing! The much needed rains would indeed grace us later that afternoon, accompanied by thunder and lighting. You can read more about Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary here:
We entered the 2.25 mile boardwalk at the exit sign, fully knowing that the lake inhabited by the majestic creatures would be a shorter stroll.
Walking about 3/4 of a mile to our destination and what a sight it was! We encountered seven different species of birds, there may have been more. Roseate Spoonbills, Ibis, Heron, Little Blue Heron, Limpkin, Wood Stork, Egrets, also alligators and turtles, all coexisting in the now shrinking lake. The true birders were all excited about a Night Heron, that they had spotted in a distant tree.
Amazing what they can identify, as for me, it looked like a blob and my limited camera lens wasn't buying it either!
It was an exciting and peaceful day and I have many more photos to share.
Mother Nature, and her cast of characters, is quite possibly the best show in town!
Wild Bird Wednesday: http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/wild-bird-wednesday-39-stilts.html