….For the Birds, 3

Getting near to departure time here at Sanibel Island. Five trips to Wildlife Drive at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and I’m ready to move on. Looking at the images I’ve made convinces me that I wasn’t cut out to be a wildlife photographer. This is the 3rd and final installment to go along with –

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who’s the fairest of them all?

Little Blue Heron (Great Egret reflection)

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Snowy Egret

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Anhinga

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Wood Stork (endangered species)

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Wood Stork (& Great Egret in breeding plumage)

2 thoughts on “….For the Birds, 3

  1. Hi Ed,
    I think all of your images are exceptional but there are two in particular that I think are amazing – Little Blue Heron (Great Egret reflection) and Ibis from Birds 1. The reflections are wonderful. Were most of them taken in the morning, dawn and later? I am assuming that you kept on the move, going from spot to spot? How long did you spend at Sanibel?
    I think you should be thrilled with your images.
    See you soon.

    Lois

  2. Thanks, Lois.

    The images were mostly between 11am and 2pm. I tried to be at Wildlife Drive at low tide as that’s when the birds are there – easier fishing for them. They are almost non-existent at high tide. The drive is 4 miles long (1-way road) with most of the best spots between 0.5 and 3. The rest is impenetrable mangrove thickets.

    We were there from 1/9 to 11/14 and made it to the drive each day that it was open (closed Friday). It actually got boring after a while & I prefer the variety of our mid-Atlantic region – especially Shenandoah NP.

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