Friday, April 18, 2014

San Carlos Bay To Tampa Bay: Part I

My third visit to Bunche Beach Preserve at San Carlos Bay in Lee County in a week's time was a sunrise arrival on 1 April.


The Northern Cardinal above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.

Bird numbers remained very good although I was disappointed that American Avocet that had earlier been observed by others with increasing numbers in preceding days at Bunche eluded me. This trip to the beach would nonetheless make for the start of a very enjoyable day.


The Tricolored Heron above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Reddish Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Reddish Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Little Blue Heron above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Cattle Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Cattle Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The immature Little Blue Heron above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Snowy Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The immature Little Blue Heron above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Semipalmated Plover above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Ruddy Turnstone above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Reddish Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Bald Eagle above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Osprey above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Little Blue Heron above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.

The waders were in prolific numbers among shorebirds with a flyby disturbance by a Bald Eagle. The observations passed all too quickly. The tide was best for observations from the west channel.


The Little Blue Heron above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Little Blue Heron above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Laughing Gull above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Reddish Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Reddish Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Reddish Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Reddish Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Reddish Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Reddish Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Reddish Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Reddish Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Semipalmated Plover above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Least Sandpiper above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Semipalmated Plover above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Willet above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.

I was most entertained by a pair of Willets that appeared to be establishing a relationship or territorial dominance. That answer might have been assured if I were not distracted by a Spotted Sandpiper that was very active as well.


The Willet above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Willet above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Ruddy Turnstone above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Spotted Sandpiper above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Spotted Sandpiper above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Mottled Duck above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Willet above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Willet above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Tricolored Heron above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Willet above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Willet above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Red-bellied Woodpecker above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Spotted Sandpiper above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Spotted Sandpiper above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Spotted Sandpiper above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.

The sandpiper was somewhat attentive to the presence of an Osprey that had flown to a branch nearly directly above us. The Osprey was without doubt well accustomed to the presence of people as it remained perched as I moved around including directly under it.


The Spotted Sandpiper above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Osprey above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Osprey above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Spotted Sandpiper above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Little Blue Heron above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Spotted Sandpiper above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Spotted Sandpiper above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Spotted Sandpiper above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Spotted Sandpiper above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Spotted Sandpiper above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Great Blue Heron above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Great Blue Heron above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Dunlin above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Black Skimmer above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Marbled Godwit above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.

Although I didn't notice it at the time of the observation of the sandpiper in real time, the images captured of the bird seem to indicate evidence of an injury on its breast. The bird appeared oblivious to the ailment.


The Reddish Egret above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Willet above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Dunlin above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Royal Tern above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The scene above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Bald Eagle above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Bald Eagle above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The scene above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Red-breasted Merganser above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Red-breasted Merganser above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Red-breasted Merganser above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Red-breasted Merganser above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.


The Red-breasted Merganser above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.

A departure from Fort Myers to visit Tampa Bay's Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County would be underway in mere hours after an unexpected observation of a pair of mergansers.


The Red-breasted Merganser above was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2014.