Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sanibel Garden Preserves

It's Sunday - it's a beautiful day and the trail is calling my name. I headed to Sanibel Garden Preserves to begin my day.
My immediate sighting as I entered the trail, oh my!

Lots of preening and pruning going on....clean, clean, fluff, fluff.

I moved a little bit to get a better view and what do I see?? Not one by itself but 3 additional one in the nearby tree....whoa....this is my lucky day and I'm not even Irish.

I figured that I'd better move on and see what else is happening on the trail.

The Red-bellied Woodpeckers are usually a dime a dozen here and can be observed throughout - I've often seen them feeding their youngs.

I turned around to see if the Swallow-tailed Kites were still perched and lo-an-behold! Two of them were copulating - can this day get any better, I think not.

Aren't they lovely?

The male took off and soon after his mate followed. This morning is turning out to be just short of a miracle.

Then I got hit by a burst of sunshine when the Great crested Flycatcher showed up.

Wouldn't you?

My farewell was with a Tricolored Heron - reminding me to go home and have breakfast too.

 St.Patrick's Day will be remembered as the day I saw the Swallow-tailed Kites mating - very sweet.
My E-bird list for the Sanibel Garden preserve trail 


  1. Amazing! What a wonderful day for you!

  2. Sweet work, France. I wouldn't have left the kites until after they took flight. Especially in that sunrise light.

    1. Does that make me more a birder than a photographer? I wonder.
      It does make me see that I need to slow down more and just BE as oppose to go,go,go to see the next 'best' (??) thing.
      It kind of goes with that saying - a bird in the hand is better than 2 birds in the bush.

  3. Wow! Great photographs of the kites. So glad I'm getting the notices of your blog.