I had the good fortune of being invited to join in with Elaine, David & Tammy and revisit the Winkler extension - Estero Point.
Armed with mosquito repellent, sunscreen, high boots, plenty of water and of course - binoculars and camera, we began. The day promises to be sunny and warmer as the sun rises - so we were prepared to shed layers as we proceeded forward - flashlight handy just in case.....soon the sun will illuminate.
|Several species could be heard as we walked in, some birds were not instantly recognized - the light playing tricks with us.|
|After visiting the Wigeon Pond, we made our way to the vast open area where promises of Rails and Sparrows awaits.|
|It was fascinating to watch the Tree Sparrows as they swooped and seemingly sailed across the top of the tall grass - often times passing between us.|
|Elaine enjoying the scenery.|
|Tammy on the ready for sharp pictures.|
|Snowy Egrets heading for their daily activities.|
|And so were the juvenile White Ibis.|
|Somewhere in there was a sparrow.|
|Some of the ground has dried up with the lack of rain - this area ebbs and flows with tides as well as rain.|
|A Mangrove is sprouting to life.|
|Estero bay held a lot of species - here the Avocets could be seen by the hundreds.|
|Well, 6 miles later and after braving the elements that S.W. Florida provides - it was time to head home.|
|Many species can be seen at this venue - with plenty of patience and preparation - it makes for a pleasant experience. Thanks again. My E-Bird List for today had 66 species.|