We found a new place right here in Fort Myers that's full of tropical birds. It's at the intersection of Metro Parkway and Six Mile Cypress - beside the Orange Juice place. We first saw it from the road - then I checked http://swfloridabirder.blogspot.com/ and he confirmed this was a place to see!
There was a huge variety of birds: stilts, herons, egrets, spoonbills, kites, ibises, storks and pelicans.
This is an immature Little Blue Heron.
I can't get over how red the bill and feet are on this breeding White Ibis!
I never get tired of seeing Black-necked Stilt. They are so cute - maybe it's the long pink legs.
The pond was clear so I got some nice reflections.
The way this Snowy Egret is all puffed up - I think it must be a juvenile.
The Roseate Spoonbill in the middle is a 1st year juvenile and the ones on either side (with the bright red stripe on the wings) are breeding adults. White Pelicans are swimming and feeding behind them.
White Pelicans - right here in town!
This immature Little Blue Heron had me stumped - because of the crown feathers - but after looking at my pictures, the adults also have these.
White Ibis sporting their best breeding plumage.
Tricolor Heron canopy feeding: they shade the water with their wings to better see the fish.
I was surprised to see so many Wood Storks. The staff at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary reports that the Wood Stork did not nest again this year - a very bad sign for the species.
I know the Great Egrets are common - but I never tire of seeing them.
It's a happy day in the state of Florida when the Swallow-tail Kites return in March. They are so cool to watch - but we are told they are very nasty birds - king of the sky.
These three babies (at least I think they're babies!) have me stumped. They were on one of the islands in the pond - so that probably rules out Cattle Egret as they prefer dry land.
I can't see their bills well enough to see the shape - could they be Roseate Spoonbill chicks? We saw several Roseate Spoonbill adults and 1st year juveniles in the vicinity. There were also lots of Great Egrets around - but their babies shouldn't be pink. Please let me know if you know what they are!