Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Quick Trip to Florida!

My wife Stephanie and I recently decided that we needed a vacation and took a long weekend trip to Florida. While birding was not indended to be our main purpose for the trip, we spent the majority of our time hitting our favorite birding spots and even managed to squeeze in a tour of STA-5. Below are some of our favorite photos from the trip with a short description of each one!

This Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was feeding right along the Wildlife Drive at 'Ding' Darling NWR on Sanibel Island.

This Willet showed no fear as I photographed it along the beach at Lover's Key State Park.

Another photo from Lover's Key. This White Ibis was actively feeding along the beach for the better part of an hour.

Steph found this snake as we were hiking in the Bailey Tract of Ding Darling. We believe it is some species of Racer.

One of only three lifers on this trip, this Shiny Cowbird was hanging out at the feeder next to the visitor center at Corkscrew Sanctuary.

This Sandwich Tern was fishing just off the beach at Lover's Key. It was so much fun to watch them dive in for a fish!

One of the many beautiful flowers that can be found at Corkscrew.

The Magnificent Frigatebird is one of my favorite birds in southern Florida. This female flew low over our heads at Lover's Key.

This juvenile Little Blue Heron was seen at Ding Darling. You can find pretty much every species of wading bird that can be found in Florida within this amazing refuge!

This Great Egret was hunting lizards in the grassy areas next to the Wildlife Drive at Ding Darling. You can tell that this individual is in full breeding plumage by the green lores!


I saved my favorite shot for last. I spent a long time photographing this Anhinga as he sunned himself at Ding Darling. Even with the numerous cars that stopped to check him out, he never budged!

-Rob

1 comment:

Tabib said...

Love that feeding shot. What a mouthfull!