Saturday, February 11, 2017

Saturday's Critters #165


Saturday's Critters #165

Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.

These are some images from our visit to Ding Darling wildlife refuge in Sanibel Island, Florida. This was an overnight trip and we were able to visit some various parks and preserves. 

A couple of Roseate Spoonbills seen from the Ding Darling wildlife drive.



I believe this is a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron.


Adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron with a crab.



American White Pelicans.


Various birds seen from the wildlife drive.



I hope you enjoyed this visit to Ding Darling and my bird photos.



As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!


To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.

86 comments:

Tom said...

...what fabulous feathered friends.

GreenComotion said...

Hi Eileen-
Great set of photos!
The synchronized Flamingoes and the Heron with the Crab are really superb.
Thanks for hosting.
Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Oh these are stunners Eileen - catching the catcher with the catch is quite the catch!!! YAM xx

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hi Eileen, I look forward to your wonderful photos. Heron continue to be my favourite bird, sometimes one will fly over our house and land on the roof of the back shed - the neighbours have a pond that may still have fish.
Joy

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow- every photo is better than the last. Love the color and composition. Happy weekend ahead.

Margaret Adamson said...

That place is well worth an overnight trip to see all these beautiful birds. Many thanks for hosting and have a marvellous weekend.

Crissi said...

So wonderful pictures Eileen🐞
Happy weekend🙋
Hug Crissi

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful critters. The Roseate Spoonbills are very unique with their spoonbills. Amazing to see the Night Heron with the crab! Have a fabulous weekend, Eileen.

Mascha said...

Beautiful photos of - for me - exotic birds.
Have a nice weekend

NatureFootstep said...

love the Roseate Spoonbills but was never able to get close to them.

Would have been cool to see the night-heron eating that crab. Did you?

jeannettestgermain said...

The reflection of the spoonbills with that touch of pick is delightful, Eileen! Have a great weekend!

Mildred said...

Incredible photos, Eileen. I especially love the first one with the reflection. I hope you enjoy the weekend.

✿ chica said...

Tu consegues cliques e poses maravilhosas! Adorei! Ótimo fim de semana! bjs, chica

Mosura said...

Very nice. Some interesting looking waders in that last photo.

Sue said...

I'm getting a kick out of those Roseate Spoonbills. I'd like to see one in "real life" some day..........
Hope you have a nice weekend, Eileen. Stay out of mischief!
:)

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Wonderful photos! The Roseate Spoonbill is so beautiful. Amazing color!

Happy Weekend!

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Beautiful pictures of different birds.
Very well done, my compliments.
I wish you a very nice weekend
Best regrads, Irma

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Love those spoonbills! The photo of the night-heron with the crab is very interesting. It must have had to crack its shell. Sanibel is a great place. We are looking forward to spending a few days there with our daughter and family the week after Easter. Ding Darling and Lighthouse Point are favorite birding spots.

Cranberry Morning said...

Such wonderful photos, Eileen. I love the Roseate Spoonbills with their reflections and the heron with the crab! Such interesting creatures. I'm glad you got to see them and share them with us. Thanks for hosting. Have a great weekend.

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
marvelous photos of the birds with the long beek.
Best regards, Synnöve

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I would love to see spoonbills and pelicans. Great photos.

Christine said...

What a delight to see the spoonbills! Your photo of the night heron with the crab is just brilliant!
Thanks for hosting, Eileen & hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Nick V. said...

Wonderful shots, Eileen, my fave is the heron with the crab.
Have a great new week.

Jo said...

Hello Eileen, I love all your photos as usual but the Yellow-crowned Night Heron with its crab dinner takes the cake! Thanks for hosting this meme. Have a great day. Jo

Debbie said...

the spoonbills with their rosie reflection - that image is gorgeous!!

another favorite is mr. heron with dinner, that crab is huge. i am wondering how they eat those?? do the know how to "shell a crab" as i am 58 and still don't do it right. maybe he got lucky and it was a soft shell crab!!

have a great weekend eileen, there in bird heaven. and many thanks for hosting!!!

David Gascoigne said...

I remember well the first time I ever went to Ding Darling NWR and how gobsmacked I was by the Roseate Spoonbills. At the time it was my first species of spoonbill ever - what a spectacular introduction to the family. A friend of mine visited Ding Darling a few years ago and said that the bird life was sparse after direct hits by a couple of hurricanes. Judging by your excellent pictures it looks as though everything is back to normal.

Bob Bushell said...

The poor old Crab, ha ha ha. A great collection of American birds.

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Happy Saturday morning to you! I enjoyed all your photos in today's Saturday's Critters. Your very first photo, the Roseate Spoonbills, is just wonderful with the reflections! Thank you for hosting and sharing! Have a happy weekend!

jandi said...

Those roseate spoonbills are some of my favourites! Hope you are having a beautiful weekend!

carol l mckenna said...

Loved the Ding Darling Refuge Center and Sanibel ~ Wonderful photography as always ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Happy and Peaceful Weekend ~ ^_^

Ela said...

Always nice to visit your blog, Eileen !!
I love all your beautiful critters !!
Happy weekend !

Betty Manousos said...

good morning, eileen.
stunning series of photos as usual. that adult yellow-crowned night heron with a crab shot is fabulous! what a catch!

have a wonderful weekend~

LA Paylor said...

How did I miss you're in Maryland??? Or have I forgotten that I mentioned that before? Very possible!lol
I am in Severna Park, and love your link party, thank you for setting it up for all of us!LeeAnna at not afraid of color

Linda said...

Beautiful and magnificent series, Eileen! And the reflections in your first photo are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Linda W. said...

You saw some great birds. Love the pink spoon bills and nice capture of the heron with a crab.

Alexa T said...

So lovely roseate birds... all of them are gorgeaous, actually! I hope one day to see such beautiful critters! Who knows... I think that pelicans I can find in our Delta of Danube, as well; But till then I can see and enjoy them through your camera lens!
Have a great Saturday and weekend!hugs, Alexa

Daniela said...

I've never seen a Yellow-crowned Night Heron, especially with a crab in his beak, this shot is truly terrific !

Sending you hugs and ever much love across the many miles for wishing you a lovely weekend, Dearie !

XX Dany

Al said...

You have so many pretty birds there. Have a wonderful weekend!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Hi Eileen!!
Always, soooo many great shots!! The spoonbills are fun to watch!! Awesome photo of the Heron with the crab!! Just wonder if he was able to eat the whole thing!! And your white pelicans. . .. . . . Love them!! Wish we had some here in St. Augustine!!!
I'm still looking!!

Jeevan said...

Excellent shots on the water birds and great catch with the crab! Love the pink shaded spoonbills and the reflection

photodoug said...

Eileen, nice collection, especially the Roseate Spoonbills. Thanks for sharing.

krishna said...

The heron with carb is the best picture.. you captured it so beautifully..

magnoliasntea said...

Oh my, I loved the photos. Look at that heron with the crab!
Have a great weekend!

SweetMarie said...

your photos are beautiful! hope you enjoy your weekend!
-Marie

Phil Slade said...

Hi Eileen. Wonderful shots of the Night Herons. You really picked out their huge eyes. So much better for being a heron that hunts in the dark - but not this time?

Thanks for letting me join in today. Enjoy your evening sundowner.

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely selection Eileen, thank you.

I love the reflections in your first photo, but the capture of the Adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron with that crab is just great.

Enjoy your weekend

All the best Jan

A Colorful World said...

LOVE the night heron and crab! Great photos. So happy I don't have any trouble getting on your blog, ever, or linking in. Thanks for all your comments too. Looks like I'll have to start a new blog...very soon I'll be letting everyone know.

Nora said...

You always have so many birds Eileen! I loved the Heron also. Every day you have a new bird and so many new photos. I like your link-up as it already has my link in the box and is all set to go. Your page is wonderful also, as it loads right away and I have no trouble finding things. Wow, so many comments here today! Have a great week!

RedPat said...

What wonderful birds to see from the drive, Eileen! Thanks for hosting us!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

nice catches

Sandra Cox said...

You got some great shots! Love the reflection of the Spoonbills in the water.

Denise inVA said...

Great photos Eileen, love the spoonbills particularly. Happy weekend to you.

Martin Kloess said...

Someone had a splendid day. Thank you for sharing some of it with us.

happyone said...

Love that first picture. Great reflection too.

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Amazing pic you have shared. Great pics of the heron and the crab. Thanks for hosting the party. I just love to see what everyone is posting.

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Such lovely photos! Thank you for hosting this great party! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

I'll be co-hosting a couple of link parties myself this week. If you have time, I'd love for you to join the fun at my place. ;-) No pressure, of course!

doodles n daydreams said...

This is a wonderful variety of birds.

Diana

The Furry Gnome said...

What wonderful birds you manage to photograph each week! Sorry I don't have any pix to link in with these days.

Linda said...

Excellent! I love the little crabber!

Victoria said...

Your photos are always so beautiful, Eileen. Thank you for hosting this!

♥Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'♥ said...

My goodness....it looks like the night heron caught a crab that was too large for him to handle!!! Wow. Great photos.

Thanks, as always, for adding your post link for us at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

Kasztanowy Domek said...

Great photos! Happy sunday!:)

xxBasia

Jenn Jilks said...

I'm a bit late, but we've had the girls all weekend! I love seeing your greenery and colourful birds.

Noushka said...

Hello, The heron with its crab is gorgeous, we have published the same subject! Great collection of photos. Happy Sunday, enjoy your week!

Nick V. said...

Thanks for hosting, Eileen!
I have started a new meme today :-)
http://nixpixmix.blogspot.com.au/search/label/SundayBest

Devilish Angel said...

Happy sunday...

Sussi said...

wonderful photos and birds!

indah nuria Savitri said...

those roseate spoonbills look pretty!

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa tarde, as aves são lindas, merecem ser captadas como fez muito bem, as fotos são lindas e perfeitas.
AG

Missy George said...

Love the Spoonbills and the night Herons..Great shots..Looks like an interesting place to visit....Thanks for hosting..

Suzanne Prickett said...

Pretty pictures, Eileen. My grandson enjoyed your photos with me today. The Heron with the crab is really fascinating, a lovely bird. Have a very nice week!

Lois said...

Fabulous shots of all the birds. I especially like the one of the Yellow-crowned Night Heron with the crab!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Ding Darling is one of my favorite bird watching spots in the United States. Winter is the best time to go but less so for ocean wading in the Gulf of Mexico. Outstanding photographs of the various birds. Those Spoonbills are spectacular! Have a great coming week.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You were in our County!! But we haven't made it to the Ding yet -- we will though. As I hope we make it to your area for an overnight.

Beautiful bird photos as always.

The Yum List said...

Some beautiful shots again today Eileen. Happy Monday!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Roseate Spoonbills are SO lovely with beautiful reflections♡♡♡ What a moment you caught with camera "Yellow-crowned Night Heron having crab with its beak☆☆☆ So wonderful, Dear friend.
Great number of birdies and I wish I could see the wild pelicans"not in the city park(♡^.^♡)

So sorry for my late commenting, bit busy and finally starting to comment, Wishing you will have a happy weekend♪
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

weekend-windup said...

All the photos looks good. Reflection of the bird in the water looks beautiful:)

Caroline Gill said...

Thank you, Eileen, for your recent comment. What fabulous Roseate Spoonbills. We see 'ordinary' ones but that suave pink tinge is something else!

Beth.."E"..Edwards said...

i love the pinks ones. so fancy. i don't believe i have seen a heron picking up a huge crab like that, that is too funny!! i love it. ( ;

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

There has to be an interesting story behind the name "Ding Darling" sanctuary, Eillen--it is such an unusual name. I love the spoonbills and the wonderful photo of the Night Heron with his crab dinner!

Rose said...

Fantastic photos, Eileen. Those spoonbills are so beautiful! I would be in severnth heaven with all that wildlife!

Pat Tillett said...

Really nice photos Eileen! Also in your header...

Lady Fi said...

Lovely shots! Those spoonbills are stunning.

Liz said...

A lovely series of birds!

Helma said...

Your photos in this post are great.
I find it so special that the spoonbills are with you pink !!!!
The heron with the crab in its beak is a great beautiful picture!
Greetings, Helma

Red Rose Alley said...

The White Pelicans are so pretty, Eileen. I see them sometimes when I visit Jess, as she lives near the ocean.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

~Sheri

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