Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Day 26 on Captiva

I have been wanting to explore some new to us birding spots and I have been wanting to check out the Shipley Trail at the Bailey Homestead which has been opened only a few years.  It joins up with Pond Apple Park Trail to which we have never been.  So this morning we left about 10AM to explore.
Some Photos at the Bailey Homestead:
 
 
Back of the Bailey House
Rebuilt Windmill

Bench made from old tree and roof shingles.

Anhinga Hanging out in the Manmade Pond

Turtles Hanging out in the Pond with the Anhinga

Wildflowers on the Shipley Trail

 
Things became very exciting as we approached the Pond Apple Trail retention ponds.  We spotted to our delight a lot of wildlife including a group of Wood Storks, Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, Blue Herons, Great Blue Herons, Ibis, Anhingas, and more.
 
 
 

 


  

 
 

The Wood Storks were used to people....this one walked over to the bench where we sat.
 
Immature Wood Stork
Great White Heron
 As we were leaving a nice lady pointed out a Great White Heron ( similar to the Great Egret) which I was able to snap a picture after he flew away and landed on the other side of the pool.   Lillian Stokes says "This is actually a subspecies of the Great Blue Heron, not a separate species. and unusual for this location as it is usually found more south of here in Florida."  From her blog post go here.
 
Here are some videos of Pond Apple and the Wood Storks .
Remember to go to my blog and click on the arrows on the video to view.
 
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I must say our birding experiences were great and we must return to this spot again.
 
We lunched at Jerry's Cafe....Al had a Reuben Sandwich with fries and I had a Seafood Salad served with tomato, eggs, olives and cucumber.   We did some shopping and then headed back to the house just as it began to rain.  No beach today but our timing was perfect for the morning activities.
 
For dinner, Grill Master Al cooked Pork Chops perfectly seasoned.  We served the chops with yummy baked Sweet Potatoes and a salad of mixed greens.

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