Friday, July 3, 2015

Birds, Bees, And Rabbits At Little Estero Lagoon: Pt. III

Southwest Florida in late spring through the summer months affords a great opportunity to observe wildlife at the beaches in a slightly cooler environment than that inland.


The juvenile Least Tern above (image 1) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.

One of the more enjoyable observations made at Little Estero Lagoon, just south of Fort Myers Beach, was of a juvenile Least Tern flying from north to south slightly off the shoreline as it made numerous dives to investigate anything on the water's surface.


The juvenile Least Tern above (image 2) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The juvenile Least Tern above (image 3) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The juvenile Least Tern above (image 4) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The juvenile Least Tern above (image 5) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The juvenile Least Tern above (image 6) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Black Skimmer above (image 7) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Royal Tern above (image 8) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Great Egret above (image 9) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.

It was also interesting to note that all the plover and tern juveniles and chicks appeared to have had their fill of fish within 90 minutes of sunrise thanks to the relentless work of the adults.


The Great Egret above (image 10) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Brown Pelican above (image 11) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Great Blue Heron above (image 12) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Willet above (image 13) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Ruddy Turnstone above (image 14) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Black Skimmer above (image 15) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Snowy Egret above (image 16) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Wilson's Plover above (image 17) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.

A large number of Black Skimmers were also observed traveling south toward Carlos Point. These birds may have been loafing at Bunche Beach Preserve overnight where they may remain until an inexplicable blastoff or disturbance.


The Mourning Dove above (image 18) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Least Tern above (image 19) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Osprey above (image 20) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Double-crested Cormorant above (image 21) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Black Skimmer above (image 22) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Reddish Egret above (image 23) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Osprey above (image 24) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Osprey above (image 25) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.

With a little luck I was in the right place at the right time to observe interaction between a small group of Ospreys that were congregated at the north lagoon adjacent to the Wyndham Hotel.


The Osprey above (image 26) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Osprey above (image 27) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The 1st spring Little Blue Heron above (image 27) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Purple Martin above (image 28) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The Purple Martin above (image 29) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.


The European Starling above (image 30) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.

In the few short hours of my visit to Little Estero Lagoon nearly 1700 images were captured for this three part series.


The European Starling above (image 31) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon Critical Wildlife Wildlife Area in June 2015.

Please also see Birds, Bees, And Rabbits At Little Estero Lagoon: Pt. I
Please also see Birds, Bees, And Rabbits At Little Estero Lagoon: Pt. II

6 comments:

  1. Hello Bob,
    Nice blog! It was great fun to view!
    All these photographs are stunning. My favorites are photo 1, 3, 5, 10, 11 16, 19 en 24. Very cute are 13,14,en 17!!!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Maria

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  2. Skimmer photo #15, with the reflection: Wow!

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    1. You may also like another skimmer image of mine . . . http://www.pbase.com/jkrnm5/image/115994716/original

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  3. Amazing photo of the skimmer skimming the surface, Bob!

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