Friday, April 10, 2015

The Pillars At Little Estero Lagoon: Pt. I

The Pillars at Little Estero Lagoon are currently intact along the edge of the Gulf of Mexico near the Wyndham Garden Hotel (formerly a Holiday Inn) in southwest Florida.


The scene above (image 1) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015 (L-R Francois Constantin, Réal Jauvin, Bob Pelkey, Suzanne Lanthier, and especially note the subject in the lower left of the reflection as well).

This fading man-made structure is more evident than in many recent years through shore erosion. Frank Constantin spoke highly of the wildlife he had recently observed, so it seemed an easy decision to meet him there.


The Royal Tern above (image 2) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 3) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 4) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant with Royal Tern above (image 5) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Brown Pelican above (image 6) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Brown Pelican above (image 7) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 8) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 9) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 10) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 11) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 12) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 13) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 14) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 15) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 16) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Osprey above (image 17) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The banded Royal Tern above (image 18) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 19) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 20) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Osprey with prey above (image 21) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Osprey with prey above (image 22) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Osprey with prey above (image 23) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Osprey with prey above (image 24) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 25) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 26) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 27) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.

It was a fortuitous morning observing the wildlife with clear skies with a favorable wind to the rising sun, and the treat of finally meeting wildlife photographers Suzanne Lanthier and Réal Jauvin visiting from Québec, Canada.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 28) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 29) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.

There was very little inclination to explore Little Estero Lagoon beyond this area in the hours ahead.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 30) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in March 2015.

Please also see The Pillars at Little Estero Lagoon: Pt. II
Please also see The Pillars at Little Estero Lagoon: Pt. III

4 comments:

  1. # 7 --such a clear eye...felt like I could be flying right there next to him ! # 8 - Loved the stilled motion of seeing all his "landing gear" ! Thought all your flying pictures were great !! Well done Bob ! Thanks!
    Adele

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  2. Great captures of the Birds in flight! And stunning shots of the Osprey with prey! Have a nice weekend!
    Greetings from the Netherlands

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    1. Thank you, Maria. It is my hope to devote a lot of time at the beach this summer, so I hope you won't tire of the subject matter.

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