Saturday, May 18, 2013
Went out to find some wildlife, but the sky and open landscape ended up being the feature on this day. I liked that just as well. All of these were taken with my G.E. point and shoot and edited with Topaz Adjust.
Got to do some birdwatching at my own house this weekend. There were bluebirds in the front yard yesterday including a juvenile. I don't think I have ever seen a woodstork hanging out in a pine tree or an oak tree and saw one do both today. Also saw a kingfisher in my yard that I had been hearing fly by recently, but did not get a shot of him as he only landed for a second.
Animals that can camouflage themselves are fascinating. I watched this anole change from brown to green in just a few seconds as he was deciding to jump from the brown tree to a green leaf. Sorry for the poor quality of the photos, but still wanted to share!
Finally drove to the end of Captiva (just to see what was there...) Not too much in the way of wildlife, but it looked like a nice beach if you like that type of thing! Make sure to leave plenty of time for the line of traffic driving back out.
After Ft De Soto, headed down to Sanibel Island and to Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. I had not been there in many years and I had forgotten how short the drive around the park is! Still found some interesting wildlife including these large mangrove tree crabs. I had seen some small ones before at Weedon Island, but never this size. Always something new!
Friday, May 17, 2013
Made a stop here at Ft De Soto before heading down to Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. It was hard to leave! I wanted to see the mother Great-Horned owl on her nest, and I actually caught a baby in my photo I didn't even realize was there! I also especially enjoyed closely following the Long-Billed Curlew. There were also several dolphins swimming up and down the beach.