Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Across Collier County with the Caloosa Bird Club

Wow and more Wow! Yesterday was an awesome day. We left Sanibel before 6a.m. and returned by 5p.m. - a bit of driving was involved and OH so very much worth it. Our first stop was at 10,000 Island Marsh Trail.
Our mascot - the Green Heron.

Beautiful short trail with just enough to wet our appetite for more bird action.

Our next stop - Fakahatchee Strand Preserve. I learned something new today (surprise!) a swamp is water that sits still and a strand is moving water among trees....The Bald Cypress love these conditions.

A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

A Barred Owl who cooks for youuuuuuu.

Stan sharing his photo captures.

A pair of Eagle chicks - parents not too far from the nest were seen too.

A Wood Stork

A great spot - I definitely would return to this location.

Our next stop - Kerby Storter Park.

Someone identified it as a Water Moccasin.

A juvenile Little Blue.

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - the pale lower mandible makes it easier to distinguished from the young Yellow-crowned Night Heron.

Air plants were everywhere - this area is also home to the very rare Ghost Orchid.

A Pine Warbler - clean looking bird with its two white wing bars.

A female Bluebird (LB#214) was spotted by our picnic tables right after we had lunch and were counting our species so far.

A few miles down the road was "Monument Camp". The Purple Martins were seen exchanging notes.

And a Swallow-tailed Kite too!

Shimmery feathers - very pretty.

Perhaps trying to negotiate rent space.

No deal, he said....just come and visit and no squatting allowed.

Then we spotted a Great White! Wow....can this day get any better than that?


  1. Wow. You have some really great shots. The Barred welcome to cook for youuuuuuuuu. The water moccasin...well it can stay put...did not know that Little Blue is all white when they are a juvenile... I do love looking at the Great White...amazed on how long their necks are.

  2. The Great White is just like the Great Blue Heron but in a white form. Interesting, isn't it?

  3. What a great trip we had together. Your pictures are fantastic and I especially enjoy your comments. The one about negotiating rent space is so funny.

  4. What a great place for birding, it reminds me of Corkscrew! Awesome collection of birds and photos. Happy Birding!

  5. I have been enjoying all the latest posts France! My great-grandpa ( of Danish decent) used to make bird houses for purple martins. He made one in the shape of the taj-mahal ! I can only imagine how long that took! We have Australian parakeets around here. Urban legion has it that they come from pets who were let lose and multiplied big time! Saw a bunch this morning and thought about you.....