Some unexpected bonus time came my way this morning - so, what's a girl to do!! Aha! Go birding, of course.
I made my way into the Bailey Tract - first sighting....
|The Mottled Duck family - I'm glad to see that most of the ducks are still around.|
|Across the way - an adult Little Blue Heron and a Tricolored Heron - they were watching a gator swim away.|
|At this point I decided to step into the Sanibel Garden Preserve - a Black-Crowned Night Heron was silently fishing in a dark corner.|
|As I'm rounding the corner - things starts to heat up some....a juvenile Little Blue Heron (above) and an immature Little Blue Heron (below).|
|A whole family of Tricolored Heron - unusual sighting, for sure.|
|As I continued forward - white birds became a dime a dozen - Great Egret (above) and Snowy Egret (below).|
|The water levels seemed to be just right for the waders and the fish were plentiful. Bird happy, fish....not so much.|
|Down the hatch.|
|Above my head, a family of Swallow-tailed Kites were whistling while swooping and gliding gracefully.|
|A young Mockingbird seemed to enjoy the aerial display as well.|
|This was a great morning and the heat is telling me it's time to return home....I chose this shady trail within the Bailey Tract to take me back....|