Birds of Sanibel, Florida

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I haven’t done much photography for quite a while. However, during a recent trip to Captiva, Florida, I was inspired by the wonderful birds we saw at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and had great fun using the camera again. We made several trips at different times of the day, always making new discoveries. I felt like I was in a different country.

There were lots of memorable moments, but one of my favorites was when we saw hundreds of egrets and herons concentrated in a ‘ditch’ along the edge of the mangroves. We were able to get very close, and they didn’t seem to mind us at all, although there was lots of “squawking” among themselves.

It was a special treat to see a wide variety of water birds including white pelicans, wood storks and roseate spoonbills.

Click here for a slideshow of my favorite photos of the week

7 thoughts on “Birds of Sanibel, Florida”

  1. Oh, Betty, you have outdone yourself which these photographs. Many of them look like paintings. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for this lovely Valentine’s week treat. I miss seeing you. We need to catch up soon. Linda

  2. Hello Betty
    Thank you so much for this delightful video, a joy to view! What are the other white birds with the curved orange/yellow bills ? Looking forward to more wonderful photos from you! 😀

    1. Pauline, the primary white birds with orange/yellow bills are White Pelicans and Great Egrets. Hope this helps.

  3. Thanks for sharing your FL bird video Betty – such beautiful birds and great to see so many ! Cheers me up in the midst of the winter deep freeze here in ON.

  4. Simply spectacular photos, Betty. I got literal shivers, because I felt a feeling I had a child, looking at a large, old book of Audubon prints in our house: the wildness (especially, I think, in the green heron), can be almost terrifying. Your camera and your gifts are taking humans into a place not many of us have gone. Thank you for this beautiful work.

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