The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to watch birds, especially water birds. The 6,400 acres of natural habitat take up about two-thirds of Sanibel Island on the Gulf side of Florida.
I found this tri-colored heron close to a board walk that wandered through a mangrove forest. Roots of the mangrove tree look like a picket fence behind it.
A very colorful bird that hides well in the shadows, I was fortunate to find him so well lit … and in the open. A clear shot of this active bird lasted about 30 seconds, after that he was surrounded by the mangrove roots.
Thought for the Day: I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson