Tuesday, April 24, 2012

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

No trip to Southwest Florida would be complete without a trip to Sanibel's Ding Darling. The day was overcast & windy and we had no clue if we would see anything.

 It was a pleasant surprise to round the turn and see a flock of Roseate Spoonbills. They were all facing into the winds. When there was a stronger gust, most of them pointed their bills to the sky.

 Then, suddenly, they all took off.

 I thought this Ground Dove was especially pretty.

 At the entrance to the drive, this immature White Ibis was there to greet us. He never moved while we snapped pictures.

 The gal at the gate told us there was a Yellow-crowned Night Heron down the road and sure enough, there was!
 He entertained us for awhile.

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