Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Backyard birds!

Along with the beautiful flowers we also have beautiful birds here, and they keep me jumping!

Lesser Goldfinch

Male Downy woodpecker

Black-chinned Hummingbird.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Iris time

The iris that we brought with us from Erda are blooming with spectacular results - here's a few shots of their beauty!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Farewell gift from Ding Darling

We took a final drive through Ding Darling Saturday morning after checking out of our place. We wanted to say thanks and goodbye to all the birds and the place itself.
The refuge had one more gift for us before we left...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Final refuge day

The drive through the refuge is closed on Friday to give the birds and animals time away from humans. They pay very little attention to us, other than the Osprey screaming at us if we stay too long in her eyesight. The herons, big and little, bark at us and then often fly away, although two walked right up to me. Probably didn't look human with the camera stuck to my face!!

A very good day at the refuge, with sightings of a Green Heron and two young Osprey leading the way.  A Great Blue Heron did a dance in the water - they are quite the acrobats. More on that at another time. Watched an Osprey take a bath, then buzz a GBH on his way up!

Here's the photos of the day...

Beach time

Spoonbill and Ibis

Same with the Osprey added in.  He took a bath just yards from them, they showed no concern.

Osprey fascinate me

Green Heron, a very small bird. Very fortunate to capture this shot.

Little Blue Heron - walked right up to me a couple of steps later.

Juvenile Osprey.

Green Iguana - exotic invaders of Florida.

Morning has broken

Beautiful sunrise this morning - actually every morning!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Osprey are as ubiquitous here as white-tailed deer are in Northern Minnesota. Screaming loudly or whistling to one another, they show up in amazing places sometimes. I just watched one sit into the ocean - not fishing or diving but just plop down for a moment and then fly away.
Here's some from this morning in the refuge...

She was eating lunch on the counter, then left...

to get a drink and wash her claws.

Then off to wherever!

Good Morning Wednesday.

When the world is crazy I find much solace in the wilds - watching and photographing birds and nature. Always a challenge to create the picture that is in my mind.
Here's a couple of tries..


Sunrise this morning.

This egret was trying to catch up with a school of fish so he jumped towards them. I love to watch them.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Roseate Morning

Spoonbills everywhere - what a treat!  Got to observe a reddish Egret fishing and see the contortions they go through. And a Yellow-crowned Night Heron flew in to say hi!

Monday, May 15, 2017

More refuge beauty..

Another day in Paradise with a very eventful trip to the refuge first thing this morning. Here's some shots from our visit.

Reddish Egret fishing

Spoonbill and Anhinga

Fish Hawk!

Yellow-crowned night heron - lots of them out running around.

Spoonbills, Great white egrets - low tide and they are everywhere.

Cute is not adequate!

Juvenile Little Blue Heron.

Love the green.

Pileated woodpecker

Jumping Mullet.

White Ibis

Other shots from our time this morning and the beach at mid-day.

Good thing this is a dolphin!

Sunrise this morning.

Hot afternoon in the refuge.

Diana and I took a leisurely ride through the refuge around 5pm, an experiment to see what was happening during a hot part of the day and higher tide. The answer is not much!
Osprey, anhinga and a Pileated woodpecker were among the prizes for the time spent.