Saturday, December 14, 2013

Birding Sanibel

Started the day by heading to the Causeway in the hopes of seeing the Black Scoters that had been spotted the past couple of such luck - but the sunrise was a great reminder that any day birding is a good day.

Then, I was off to pick up Libby to help our little group with the Christmas Bird Count for the San-Cap Audubon.

Guess who is behind this silhouette?

A beautiful Great-crested Flycatcher treated us to a song and great view.

After the bird count - we decided to go through the Wildlife Drive at Ding Darling since it was still morning and the tides were still low.

First sighting were the Dunlins - they were gathered under the mangroves in huge number - they made quite a nice chorus while feeding.

The white pelicans are always such a nice sight.

The Hooded Mergansers were a nice treat today. And look, there's a Willet? playing peek-a-boo.

A Dunlin on the left and a Least Sandpiper to his right - what a difference in size!

The Dunlin - notice the bill with the downward tip.

More glorious White Pelicans.

Another eye candy for me today - the Red-breasted Mergansers.

They make a nice pair, don't they?

A beautiful ending to a great birding day.

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