Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice

Raining here in Erda today - just perfect for the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year! Here's my photo for the day -

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sanibel's last gifts

We enjoyed time before our flight by relaxing on one of the islands that the causeway to Sanibel touches. Here were three gifts to go - one was a diving brown pelican and he did find lots of food. The other two - a diving duck and a small lizard came by to say hello.
Everywhere we go there are gifts of nature.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Day 6 in Sanibel

Time today was between the refuge and the beach with a dinner overlooking the sunset at the Mad Hatter Restaurant. The refuge trip was a lot about chasing otters - a whole crew of folks were following them down the trail as they moved from opening to opening. Finally they got tired of us and swam across a large body of water and disappeared!  Imagine 8 to 10 people with long lenses and cameras all pointed at you - enough to make anyone turn around and disappear!

The snowy egrets came back to the beach in force - they co-existed quite peacefully within a few feet of each other for a long time, then something changed and one chased the another a ways down the beach. Pelicans diving - headfirst as you would expect but I had not captured that before. And a final sunset photo.

Off to the colder country this afternoon, getting into SLC late. Be great to reunite with our kids.

Reddish Egret - both of the ones I saw this trip were standing still and never did their hunting dance.

Here's the otters looking at all the photographers lined up on the side of the waterway.


This guy was animated about something!

A turtle decides whether he should move forward or not!

The sunset is always worth watching whether it is outstanding or just normal.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Day 5 photos

Day 6 now - last supper tonight. Waiting on sunrise to see what it will bring this morning.  Here's some shots from Day 5 for your enjoyment.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wishes fulfilled.

I've seen pretty much all that I had on my list except for dolphins and we have one more day for that to happen. Dinner tomorrow night at the Mad Hatter, a wonderful place where you can see the sunset and then eat dinner. Food is superb.
Photos for this post are from Ding Darling - we went out later in the day to see if we could find spoonbills, failed at that but found other wonderful photos.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Another day in Paradise!

Between the beach and the wildlife refuge there is about as much wildlife as one can handle. In addition to all the shorebirds there are always surprises, such as this eagle this morning. Life is good.

This year has had many differences from our past visits - the 'murder' of crows that will come and wake us up; many more yellow crowned night herons than before, very few Great Blues around, four legged surprises such as raccoons, alligators and otters. They are all always here just that I haven't seen them on past visits.
Here's a few shots from the day for fun!

Without clouds there has been minimal drama for sunrises and sunsets. This morning, a GBH lured me down to the beach and I got these - and no GBH.

Eating while flying - and no tummy ache!

Bald Eagle, second morph?

Not a natural color but with a very cold white balance I like how it looks.

Diana's wake up team!

Sanibel Day 3

Another great day at the refuge - otters, roseate spoonbills, green and tricolored herons, all combined to excite the senses and challenge the photo taker.

While we see anhinga's sunning themselves I've not seen a yellow crowned night heron doing that but here it is!

The next three are the tricolored heron - gorgeous bird.

Spoonbills and white pelicans make a great mix of colors and activity.