We checked up on the nesting birds on the Indigo Trail and then drove through the refuge today. The baby Little Green Heron has grown and has started to get a few more feathers and a little less fuzz.
The adult Little Green Heron was sitting on a branch near the nest. The colors on this beautiful bird are amazing!
We were fortunate to be near the Tri-Colored Heron's nest just in time for the changing of the guard!
As they moved apart, you can see the 3 eggs are still there (bottom left of the pic).
All settled in . . .
How would you caption the photo below? This Spoonbill behavior always makes me smile.
I'm not sure if I like the pink feathers better against a blue sky or against the green trees. I'm glad I don't have to choose!
We found this pretty Little Blue Heron fishing at the edge of the water and being successful.
This beautiful Great White Egret posed for us as we left the refuge. Another beautiful (and hot) day on Sanibel Island!
We took a walk down the Indigo Trail at Ding this morning and met a lovely lady, Beth, who pointed out several nests that we might have otherwise missed. I'm so glad she shared the nest locations with us!
This Little Green Heron baby chick was fuzzy and adorable. Due to the age of the chick, It's possible that the remaining egg may not be viable.
One of the parents was on a limb nearby.
The parent bird went into the nest and seemed to herd the baby away from the edge. The chick appears to be wondering if food might be coming soon!
Hey, wait, come back!!!
This female Anhinga seemed to be fairly young. She was a bit klutzy and adorable.
We watched another Little Green Heron near the nest that could have been one of the baby's parents. It is amazing how they can be perfectly still for long periods of time, just waiting for lunch to swim by.
It was fun watching the Little Green Heron hang vertically to catch fish! So agile!
This juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Heron was sitting in a nest nearby.
A pretty Tri-Colored Heron was sitting on another nest. In the second photo below, after waiting quite a while, we finally got a glimpse of 3 pretty blue eggs when it stood up to move around.
I've never noticed the light colored feathers on the back of the Tri-Colored Heron.
The Roseate Spoonbill on the left is young. Notice the head is not bald, the eye is not pink, the legs are light pink instead of dark, and the wings are not as dark.
They were strutting their stuff!
My neighbor down the street let me know that this iguana was in her back yard. He was around 4 ft. long.
It wasn't until I zoomed in that I realized he was shedding his skin. I don't find them pretty as it is, but with that skin just hanging . . .
It seems it is the season!
These signs are on the second floor outside of the visitor center at Ding. They mark the level of high water from years gone by. It's strange to stand on the ground underneath the sign, look up, and imagine that water would have been 12 ft. above ground level here during a flood from a hurricane in 1873. Ground level at our home on the island is about 4 ft. above sea level.
Even more Roseate Spoonbills at Ding today, along with Yellow-Crowned Night Herons, a Great Blue Heron, and a snake. There were at least 22 Spoonbills in this spot for a while.