Out Parked by a Pileated Woodpecker

We’ve all been through it. Find a parking space, all clear, all yours. Prepare to move in, and some wild guy rushes in ahead of you. But today, on Sanibel, some one rushed in right over me.  Landed right in front of my car. About three feet from my bumper.

Not wanting to trigger parking space rage, I stay in the car and document the offense through my windshield.  But not satisfied with the quality of my evidence..WPiliatedWindshield3 Pretty soon he becomes careless and flaunts his dominance.  I quietly put down my window to get a few mug shots through the small space between the car body and the driver’s mirror.

WPiliatedHairFire WPiliatedLClose WPiliatedRCute After a while he flies, but lands close enough for a shot of him going about his business as if nothing had happened. WPiliatedVIf you encounter this wild guy give him plenty of space. He could peck the heck out you.

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What is on the dock this morning

We get so many great birds on our dock: eagles, great blue, green, tricolor and little blue herons, eagles, osprey, ducks, yellow crown night herons, and an occasional kestrel.

It is always fun to walk out first thing in the morning, to see who is visiting today.

Guess who dropped in

Well it isn’t a kestrel.

Making myself beautiful

Sprucing up for the photo shoot.

Is this my good side?

Is this my good side?

Or is the right profile better?

Or is the right profile better?

 

Why is he looking at me with a glint in his eye?

Why is he looking at me with a glint in his eye?

 

 

I see you, too.

I see you, too.

When vultures fly over me, I usually shake my fist and yell, “Not Yet!” But they are leaders in the art of locally sourced food, and it is nice to spend some quality time together once in awhile.

At Home with the American White Ibis

I haven’t been out and about as much as I would like lately, so it is good I can find so much entertainment at home. We live on a lake, which is actually an 11-acre retention pond. Fortunately a lot of wildlife stops by.

This week, the most entertaining guests was a small group of American white ibises. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

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To learn more about the American white ibis, please visit: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/white-ibis

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset Gathering at the Causeway

Every month or so, a group of us gather at the Sanibel causeway for sharing, caring, sunsets and fellowship. Click on any image to see a larger version.


We are members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, http://www.uucfm.org/.
Photos (c) John Swank.

Dynamic Dock Day: Part 1, Otters

We love having wildlife visit our dock in South Fort Myers. We have had a variety of critters over the years, but Sunday was special. First up were four otters, who were not at all concerned we were nearby.

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Have another minute? Here is a video of the otters in action

For Elaine’s fun blog including a narrative of this wonderful event see http://www.ewswank.wordpress.com.
Part 2 coming soon.

Ozzie and Harriet in Good Times

Ozzie and Harriet, our North Fort Myers eagles, have been favorites throughout Southwest Florida, and, thanks to an eagle cam, in many other places around the country and globe. Unfortunately, Ozzie recently died after being attacked by another male eagle. Here are some of my photos of the pair and their family, from the past several years.

Eglet

Ozzie in Flight 3

Ozzie in Flight 3

Ozzie in Flight 2

Ozzie in Flight 2

Ozzie in Flight 1

Ozzie in Flight 1

FWetOzzieEagle

Ozzie

Ozzie

Harriet and Chick

Harriet and Chick

That's a strange bird.

That’s a strange bird.

Checking in.

Checking in.

Harriet relaxes by the pond.

Harriet relaxes by the pond.

The look out.

The look out.

Big bird, small bird.

Big bird, small bird.

Looks like a big world out there.

Looks like a big world out there.

Mom's up there.

Mom’s up there.

All together a little longer.

All together a little longer.

Let's figure out how these things work.

Let’s figure out how these things work.

This could be fun.

This could be fun.

Look out for the tree.

Look out for the tree.

Letting go.

Letting go.

Flapping.

Flapping.

Calling.

Calling.

Getting the hang of it.

Getting the hang of it.

Clean up time.

Clean up time.

Flying low.

Flying low.

Where has E4 gone?

Where has E4 gone?

Family time.

Family time.

Coming in.

Coming in.

Big tree.

Big tree.

Checking things out.

Checking things out.

Take off.

Take off.

Six Mile Cypress Slough

I visited Six Mile Cyprus Slough last week, before its temporary closure for boardwalk repairs. It is well worth visiting when it reopens.

The following is from its web site; click to view: The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is over 3,400 acres of a wetland ecosystem. A myriad of animals like otters, alligators, turtles, wading birds, and more live at the Slough (pronounced “slew”) year round. Others, like migrating birds and butterflies use the Slough as a feeding area or a winter home

Here are some photos from my vist:

Woodstorks

Woodstorks

Great Egrets, Reseate Spoonbill, Ibis

Great Egrets, Reseate Spoonbill, Ibis

Great Egret

Great Egret

Wood Duck Pond

Wood Duck Pond

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Web

Web

Woodstork Flying

Woodstork Flying

Lichen

Lichen

 

Floating Feather

Floating Feather

To learn more about Six Mile Cypress Slough, please visit Friends of Six Mile Cypress Preserve.

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