A Trip Report - Ft. Myers, December 10 to 15, 2011

 Royal Tern

Royal Tern

 

A five day trip to Myer's Beach. Contrary to last year there were no Wilson's Plovers, Piping Plovers, Semipalmated Plovers or Snowy Plovers on the Captiva Beach. A side trip to Corkscrew Swamp produced very few birds.

My photography goal for the trip was to work on photographing birds in flight.

 

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Osprey
Osprey
Osprey
Osprey
Fish Crow
Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Fish Crow carrying a fish.
Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture
 
Gt. Egret
 
Gt. Egret
Gt. Egret
Gt. Egret
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Gt. Egret
Gt. Egret
Gt. Egret
Yellow-crowned Night Heron dealing with the heat.
Spoonbill
Skimmer
Skimmers
Roseate Spoonbill
Skimmers in the background and Sandwich and Forster's Terns in the foreground.
Skimmers
Reddish Egret
Gt. Egret
Green Heron
Willet
Reddish Egret
Great Egret flying quickly overhead
Green Heron
Forster's Tern
Cormorant with fish
Royal Tern
Forster's Tern (Winter plumage)
Double-crested Cormorant who tried to eat a fish that was too big.
Royal Tern preening
frigatebird
skimmer
Skimmer
Spider
Frigate bird
Skimmer
Skimmer
Spider
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone feeding on a dead fish. It could be feeding on the flesh of the fish, or organisms that were feeding on the dead fish.
Ruddy Turnstone feeding off of barnacles.
Sanderling checking out what the Ruddy Turnstone is eating.
dolphin
Pileated Woodpecker
Anhinga
black racer
Dolphin
Pileated Woodpecker coming out of a cavity of a Palm Tree
Anhinga
Black Racer
conch
conch
conch
conch
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Sandwich Tern
Ring-billed Gulls communicating
Further communications
Sandwich Tern
black bellied plover
black and White Warbler
Black-bellied Plover
The focus on this shot of a Black-bellied Plover is sitting somewhere on its left wing.
Black and White Warbler - One of the very few songbirds that was seen on this short trip.
   
Lizard