This Ruby-throated Hummingbird enjoyed feeding on a Firebush in Cape Coral, FL
The male Summer Tanager is the only completely red bird in North America. This one was seen at J. N. "Ding" Darling NWR during spring migration.
This male, Blue Grosbeak was photographed along Wildlife Drive in Ding Darjing NWR during spring migration.
A Scarlet Tanager (male) during spring migration. Photographed at J. N. "Ding" Darling NWR, Sanibel, FL
The long dry winter has left many ponds very dry. The Sanibel River has just enough water left in it to attract this Roseate Spoonbill. Sanibel Gardens Preserve, Sanibel, FL
The one that got away
This American White Pelican was actually startled by the mullet jumping right on front of it.
A Roseate Spoonbill and a Great Blue Heron standing watch
Fish for Lunch
Even in the midst of a rain shower, this Great Egret continued feeding.
Leaving the nest
Anhingas after mating
Great Egrets enjoying each other's company
Love is in the air
Out of the Morning Mist
A pair of American White Pelicans fly through and out of the morning mist. This bird is among the largest in North America, with wing spans exceeding 9 feet.
A graceful pose
Shake it up baby
Just waking up
Honey I'm home!
Great Blue Heron bringing a stick to add to the nest. Many photographers would complain about the distracting background. Not this one. :)
Doing the dance. The Reddish Egret is the rarest of North American Wading Birds.
Great Blue Heron
Out for a morning stroll
A Great Egret with its reflection
Great Egret with reflection
Good Morning from Sanibel!
In the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Coming in for a landing
A Reddish Egret called Ding 2
Ding 2 has a solar powered radio transmitter for location tracking. (see the antenna?) He (she?) was tagged in August of 2014 in J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, FL
A Reddish Egret hunts for breakfast at J. N. "Ding" Darling NWR, Sanibel, FL
Waiting for lunch
A female Anhinga
As the sun rises
Great Blue Heron with the sun beginning to light him.
Egrets are associated with peace and harmony by many Native American tribes and play the role of mediator or wise elder in some legends. In southern tribes like the Cherokee, egret feathers were associated with peace and were worn by diplomats.
Red Shouldered Hawk
Perched, hiding, waiting for a meal to come by
Patiently waiting for lunch
The Reddish Egret is the rarest of all North American wading birds. This one has a fish for breakfast.
Red Bellied Woodpecker
This young Red-bellied Woodpecker was "caught in the act"
This one really is "up in a tree".
The Cormorant is often "dismissed" and "just another black bird except it is swimming. Just look at the intense eye.
Watch where they land/perch. It is routinely facing the wind.
This bird's lower beak is actually longer than his upper. He skims the surface to scoop up small minnows.
A familiar pose
Tri-colored Heron looking for a meal.
A young burrowing owl
This Tri-colored Heron was staring across the water at high tide when something got his attention.
A Rock Wren posing on a piece of petrified wood.
Watching over her ducklings
Mother with her 4 ducklings
A family outing
Mallards ducks. Parents watching over 2 of their 4 ducklings.
A handsome pair of Mallards