Little Estero Lagoon Spring Nesting

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An early May visit to Little Estero Lagoon south of Fort Myers Beach was very rewarding with a walk of the beach beginning at the Wyndham Garden Hotel.

The north lagoon was active with wading birds like I had never seen before at this location. There was a feeding frenzy underway the likes of which I have only seen at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

The low light from the barely risen sun and shadow from the adjacent highrise building made photography prohibitive.

The above (image 1) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The above (image 2) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The above (image 3) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Black Skimmer above (image 4) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Black Skimmer above (image 5) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Common Grackle above (image 6) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The above (image 7) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The with nesting material above (image 8) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Wilson’s Plover above (image 9) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Mottled Duck above (image 10) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The with prey above (image 11) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Sanderling with prey above (image 12) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Sanderling with prey above (image 13) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The above (image 14) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Sanderling above (image 15) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Sanderling above (image 16) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Ruddy Turnstone with prey above (image 17) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Ruddy Turnstone with prey above (image 18) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The with prey above (image 19) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Black-bellied Plover above (image 19) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Wilson’s Plover above (image 20) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Sanderling above (image 21) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Least Tern above (image 22) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The above (image 23) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The above (image 24) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Snowy Plover above (image 25) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Osprey above (image 26) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

The Wilson’s Plover above (image 27) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

By the time I made my way a short distance south, the light had improved. There was evidence of courtship and nesting behavior which stretched nearly the entire way to Carlos Point.

The Black Scoter above (image 28) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

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The Black Scoter above (image 29) was photographed at Little Estero Lagoon in May 2016.

 

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Bob Pelkey

Bob Pelkey

This blog is updated every Friday (preferably) and randomly, primarily on the subject of wildlife observation in the state of Florida. This blog is in conjunction with my secondary photo site at http://www.pbase.com/jkrnm5/

Bob Pelkey

Bob Pelkey

This blog is updated every Friday (preferably) and randomly, primarily on the subject of wildlife observation in the state of Florida. This blog is in conjunction with my secondary photo site at http://www.pbase.com/jkrnm5/

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