Saturday, July 26, 2014

Return to CWA - Ft.Myers Beach

I have a friend in town and we decided to go and re-visit CWA and hopefully catch sight of the Oystercatcher. We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day and a peaceful environment.
We noticed right away that the Black Skimmers are still quite active raising their families and it's interesting to watch the different stages of the chicks.

Here's an adult with his fresh catch - soon to be fed to its chicks.

Father and son chilling on a Saturday morning.

3 siblings hanging out.

Everywhere you look, the Black Skimmers are there - some of the older chicks are starting to make their way onto the beach and leaving the roped off area for the younger fellows.

We walked further down the beach and found our beloved Oystercatcher - still sitting on its nest, no chicks yet.

Mom was busy cooling off and having a bite to eat.

On our way back we noticed a youngster getting a speech about trying those new wings out.

"Oh, I just don't know if I'm ready"

"Don't push me".

"I'm still thinking about it".

In the meantime, the younger chicks are feeling their own oats and growing up as fast as they can.

Wanting to know when breakfast is coming.

An adult female Snowy Plover - she was banded as an adult by Brad Smith on 3/31/09 during breeding season. Her serial # on the aluminum federal band is 8021-19873.

And then the nice surprise of the day - 7 Marbled Godwits were present!

Aren't they adorable?

A nice comparison of the Godwit with the Willet.

I never get tired of watching these guys, they are truly spectacular.


  1. They have so much to offer how can you get tired of them. I loved seeing the difference between father and son...

  2. Wonderful series here, France. Pretty much the best of what CWA has to offer :-) B.