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Ding Darling Refuge Morning

November 1, 2012

Just a reminder, DH & I are bird nerds so all the photos are birds.
This was the morning we rode bicycles through the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Birds were out & about early.

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Juvenile White Ibis

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Mature White Ibis

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The Roseate Spoonbills were sleeping in.

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The moment this photo was taken, Cormorant dived into the water & came up with a fish.

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It is difficult to see, but this is a flock of White Pelicans. We have only seen them in the Refuge, not on the open water. They look like swans sitting on the lake, but in flight they have a massive wingspan.

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Red-breasted Merganser (female)

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White Ibis were everywhere!

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We saw Wood Storks in flight, Turkey Vultures, & so many more songbirds, woodpeckers & Anhinga. Now you know why I was eaten alive by the Biting Midges, we were too busy taking photos & enjoying the beautiful scenery to pedal away from the pests!

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4 Comments
  1. November 5, 2012 3:41 pm

    Yellow-crowns were frequently seen throughout the refuge. The main goal is not merely to document a picture but to have the bird in a position where the image becomes more illustrative of art.

    • November 13, 2012 8:40 am

      Since I dropped the camera #1 son let me borrow & killed it, DH takes most of the photos on trips. I’m hoping to find a camera of my very own under the Christmas tree next month. DH, are you listening?

  2. November 14, 2012 4:00 pm

    This is great! I’m heading to the west coast for Thanksgiving and was wondering if the White Pelicans and Spoonbills have made their way to Ding yet. Thia answers my questions, thank you 🙂 Did you happen to notice if the Eagles returned to their nest at Sanibel-Captiva Rd and Gulf Pines Drive?

    • November 14, 2012 10:17 pm

      We did see an eagle flying the day we biked to Captiva. Hurricane Sandy was still south of Miami at the time, but the wind had picked up.

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