Monday, June 23, 2014

Little Estero Island - Critical Wildlife Area

Moving on with my June Challenge - I got up early and drove to the southern part of Fort Myers Beach to visit the Critical Wildlife Area and observe the active nests.
This is looking like a promising day - don't you think?

A Roseate Spoonbill with a Reddish Egret.

Reddish Egret with Short-billed Dowitchers.

Marching on.....

and you turn yourself around

In the foreground Semi-palmated Plovers, mid way are the Dowitchers and in the background the Black Skimmers are seen nesting in the protected area.

A Black Skimmer pow-wow

Here's a mate offering a fresh fish.

A juvenile Least Tern

A Least Tern with a chick

A Least Tern fishing to feed its chick

Chick with parent, patiently waiting for fish

In the back pond, I found the White Morph of the Reddish Egret - the behavior doesn't lie.

There's nothing like a good fluff

Fort Myers Beach also has its own turtle protection program - though I was surprised to see such a large enclosure....

I do like their sign though - very educational.

Black Skimmer in flight - it just takes your breath away to see it skim across the water

Here, I am, thinking to myself....there's nothing like getting up early in the morning and experience such peaceful moments.

A Least Tern chick with its own fish - freshly delivered by the parent.

A few Terns started to arrive as I set out to leave

And this, folks, is where I've been - another great birding day. 


  1. What a great birding day! You saw some real treasures. Missing you and looking forward to birding again together soon.

  2. By the looks of all the pictures you had an awesome birding day...