My first trip to Ding Darling.

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A cormorant and a green heron along the water.

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A juvenile night heron filling up on fiddler crabs.

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The fiddler crabs were out by the thousands since it was a low tide.

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Pretty purple.

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Mangroves at low tide. You can really see the oysters that have built up on the roots.

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The water from the observation deck.

For years I have heard that Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge was the place to go to see birds. Half of Sanibel Island, just south of Fort Myers, is the refuge. It is on the east side of the island and runs along the water. There are lagoons and inlets all along the trail. It’s a paved driving trail over 4 miles long. We must have been there during the off season because we saw very few birds there. The winter snow birds hadn’t arrived yet, it was too early for fall migration and the summer birds had disappeared. It was still a beautiful place to visit.  I walked most of the trail and Brett would drive ahead and then wait for me to catch up. It was too perfect outside to be in the car. I need to get back there in the winter.

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