Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mrs. Brems found us! Great detective work. We are in Naples, Florida, on the Gulf of  Mexico. This morning the temperature is 62 degrees. I am headed out in my shorts and running shoes and a sweatshirt! I hear Massachusetts has a little snow.

Last week we traveled to Sanibel Island. Sanibel and Captiva are really  two islands joined by a bridge. We traveled over a very long bridge from the mainland. These islands face out into the ocean. Shells and many migrating birds find the conditions just right. These barrier islands run east to west, so many shells wash up on the shore. We didn’t find any unusual shells, but we did learn about some unusual wildlife.

At the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge nature preserve we found a very unusual bird. You might think its a flamingo, but it’s actually named after its bill! Check out the scooping spoon- like bill on the Roseate Spoonbill. We were very excited to see these up close and see their amazing plumage. Spoonbills wade out into the water on their long, skinny legs. They put their bills underwater and scoop around to find food. When they extended their wings, all the pink plumage made us ooh and ahhh!

We noticed lots of serious photographers with long camera lenses and fancy cameras, but we took these photos with our little camera. The little teeny “no see’ums” were bothering me that morning. They don’t like Mr. G., but they do love me! as I was scratching my head and whining, a serious photographer – an older lady (older even than me!) about four feet high showed me her super fancy vest. She pulled the hood up over her head and zipped up a face mask of netting.

“You need one of these!” she exclaimed.

“Not yet!” I thought, as I tugged on Mr. G.’s baseball cap!

spoonbill

Later that afternoon, four spoonbills took an afternoon nap near the river. This was the closest guy. How does he sleep on one leg?

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Check out the link in allabout birds for more information about this extraordinary bird.

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3 thoughts on “Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  1. Welcome back to slicing, MAG!

  2. Interesting facts about the spoonbill. They must be magnificent to see in person. Someday I need to visit Florida just to check out the wildlife.

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