Brown Pelican in a Glide

 

Day two of the workshop was an early trip to Ding Darling WR.  We were at the entrance soon after it opened.  One of the members in the group was a car length ahead of ours and was fortunate to see a Bobcat scurry by in front of his vehicle.

The first stretch of the drive had a yellow crowned night heron hunting along fairly dark mangroves – we took a few shots for the record.

The next stop was the first turnout where we were greeted by a large flock of American White Pelicans, Brow Pelicans, a Reddish Egret and Tricolor  FIshing.

American White in Flight

 

Reddish Egret with Breakfast

 

Reddish Egret in typical shading stance

 

White Pelican Coming In

 

Landing

 

Catch or Splash

 

This Better Be Good

 

Tricolor with its Breakfast

 

I Can Dance Too

 

Yawn, Yawn

As the morning progressed the Red Breasted Mergansers and Pied Billed Grebes were showing up every where.

Read Breasted Merganser

 

Pied Billed Grebe Ready for Action

 

I am not sharing

 

A Sense of Urgency

 

Just the two of us

 

This One's Lunch

 

After  a productive morning at Ding Darling – we went to Sanibel fishing pier for some diving pelicans.

A Take-off for a Dive

 

It Doesn't Hurt

 

Ah!

 

Is This a Running Dive?

 

Shore Bird Flush

 

Head Study - Great Egret

 

Head Study Snowy Egret

 

Royal Tern in Flight

 

Soaring

 

Lots of fun.  Now on to a bit of exploring we headed back to Fort Myers Beach and went further to check out Harnes Marsh.

It is a lot of walking as no motorized vehicles are allowed.  Saw a few Snail Kites and a pair of Sandhill Cranes with young.

Sandhill Crane - Harnes Marsh

 

The Pair

 

Sandhill Crane Chick

That was day two.  Day three to come

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