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Some more images from my early morning walks around Tigertail Lagoon, SW Florida:


Fiddler Crabs by the thousand:

15113898280_643cde53ae_b.jpg2R4C5491 by Whyone, on Flickr


Blue Claw Crabs rather less common:

15113887440_fac687d6fa_b.jpg2R4C5618 by Whyone, on Flickr


Brown Pelicans:

15277563526_83922bed68_b.jpg2R4C5503 by Whyone, on Flickr


Green Anole enjoying the early morning sunshine:

15297493741_d89ba4b6b5_b.jpg2R4C6018 by Whyone, on Flickr


White Ibis feeding on the shoreline:

15114066397_18c51b9551_b.jpg2R4C5810 by Whyone, on Flickr


Juvenile White Ibis:

15113998808_fc890eba82_b.jpg2R4C6437 by Whyone, on Flickr


Plenty of Osprey to be seen:

15113846829_bea1cdb20d_b.jpg2R4C5704 by Whyone, on Flickr


15300216612_898effa5a2_b.jpg2R4C6423 by Whyone, on Flickr


15300221812_9f2a7b7d50_b.jpg2R4C6884 by Whyone, on Flickr


Black Skimmer youngster watched by protective parent:

15297459291_68ffa823e3_b.jpg2R4C6795 by Whyone, on Flickr


These 3 were even younger:

15277535696_9fbf4a87c8_b.jpg2R4C6288 by Whyone, on Flickr


Black Skimmers take flight (Bird warden walking further up beach put them up):

15300247822_ef02f5c580_b.jpg2R4C5860 by Whyone, on Flickr


Florida Grasshopper feeding:

15300243452_57d5ffcacf_b.jpg2R4C5776 by Whyone, on Flickr


Great Egret:

15297491501_85c4eed42a_b.jpg2R4C5908 by Whyone, on Flickr


Snowy Egret:

15297489631_40b0e76234_b.jpg2R4C5823 by Whyone, on Flickr


Reddish Egret:

15297450181_bda83d2bc4_b.jpg2R4C6317 by Whyone, on Flickr


Roseate Spoonbill:

15113861379_57812078b3_b.jpg2R4C6022 by Whyone, on Flickr


Tricolour Heron fishing:

15277533066_ba986cd625_b.jpg2R4C6032 by Whyone, on Flickr

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Very nice shots - the Reddish Egret in particular!

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Beautiful photographs! Would love to see the Roseate Spoonbill. Makes me wonder why we have never been Florida. Then I remember - stories I have heard of the traffic.


I looked up the lagoon and I know once we got there we would love it, yes, even the wading across the lagoon part, as long as no one is recording my squealing as things beneath the water brush up against me and wrap around my legs.

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Thank-you for your kind comments @@offshorebirder and @@Terry.


We have been visiting SW Florida on and off in August for a good few years and many folk, especially American friends, think we are bonkers (bonkers=mad :) ).


"It is too hot in August"

Yes, it is hot, but Marco is and Island than there is nearly always a sea breeze to keep things tolerable. Anyway, it is the US, so you can always escape from the heat if it gets too much.


"August is hurricane season"

Correct again. But in ~10 visits we have only been been affected by two storms: we were evacuated once (Charley) and Faye passed over us as a cat 1 hurricane - this was fascinating to experience and the shelling the following day was exceptional!!!


For us the huge upside to visiting in August is to avoid the very problem you mention Terry - it is wonderfully quiet, both on the roads and on the beaches. And because it is quiet / off-season, there are some wonderful property rental bargains to be had.


I saw a group of Spoonbills most mornings - there are a few more pictures here should be be interested:



I accept that I am in the minority, but I actually like wading about in the lagoon, often up to my chest in the water with all manner of things brushing and bumping into my legs! My only concern is slipping/tripping and drowning my camera!

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What an exciting and rewarding walk! I bet you look forward to your strolls.

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Loved the baby skimmers! :D

Yes, they are wonderful aren't they!

15277565926_e98195467a_b.jpg2R4C5586 by Whyone, on Flickr


You do have to be incredibly careful walking along the beach though - their defence strategy is to make a small hollow, and hunker down into it, chin on the floor. They are incredibly well camouflaged and difficult to spot when they do this. Even the camera auto-focus struggles to 'lock-on' to anything and constantly searches.

15124071430_b937c78175_b.jpg2R4C5531 by Whyone, on Flickr


@@Atravelynn, yes, I loved my walks each morning, and do miss them now.

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Beautiful photographs - the baby skimmers are almost invisible! An amazong number of fiddler crabs.

My favourite is probably the Green Anole - a beautiful creature and a really nice composition.

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Thank you Tony.


Sadly the Green Anole's are struggling - they are being out-competed by alien species.

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