The sun is rising - the day is filled with promises of surprises - what is not to like!! Let's go and take a walk along the Sanibel beaches and check on the Snowy Plover families.
|Right away I spot mama with her two kids within the boundary enclosure - all safe and warm. Notice how many set of legs mama has...|
|aha! The chicks are ready to face the day.|
|And off they go foraging....|
|Look at my shadow....wow....how big I am!|
|Well, maybe they'd like to think so but in actuality they are quite small, not much bigger than a marshmallow on toothpicks.|
|The two siblings - comparing experiences....|
|staying close until....|
|it's time to go....look at that bug!!....oh....|
|wait for me!|
|In the meantime, another family grabs my attention - this chick here is much older than the other two we just saw....he will soon have his own wings but for the time being still depends on its parent .... there is so much to learn.|
|and, beside, staying under mama's belly feels so good.|
|Mama is all puffed up making room for this little fellow, which is not so little anymore.|
|ahhh....it feels so good, I'm not sure I want to leave yet.|
|But curiosity, energy and hunger wins out...and off he goes to join his little sibling|
|mama is keeping a close eye on them - alerting them to danger when necessary.|
Mama and one of her chick - such precious bunch.
It is time for me to let them be and head back....but not before spending some time admiring the...
|Dark morph of the Reddish Egret which just landed near the shore.|
|The surf was up with some wave actions which prevented the Reddish Egret from doing its famous dance and instead resorted to just stab and eat the fish whenever possible.|
|Some Ruddy Turnstone passed by me - feeling quite at ease.|
|After a bit of walking, I arrived to my starting point - 3 Willets wished me a wonderful weekend. Will do!|