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Monday, July 4, 2011

Birds of Paradise

Yesterday's bike ride and beach visit to Sanibel offered opportunities to watch birds in their habitats.  Pelicans, of course, are abundant here.  Click on each picture to see it larger.

Lift off...

Landing - beak first for a fish!

Delicious!  See it in the lower portion of his pouch?

The small blue heron is not rare, but not seen as often as he does not usually hang out in public places.  This one was in a wetland in the Bailey Tract.

And the yellow crowned night heron is quite rare and was an exciting spotting for me.....I had to move quickly to get off my bike and take these two pictures before he flew away.

Checking me out!

Doesn't he look frightened?

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