Two hours north of Fort Myers lies Dunedin, Florida. It’s a quaint little town and the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s adjacent to Clearwater, one of the best beach towns in America, and the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Southwest Florida is a haven for finding exotic birds. Here’s a collection of some of the best shots collected in the past few months. Most of these were taken at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve or the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. Click below to check out the video.
The ibis is a cool looking bird that anyone who has lived in,visited, or just passed through Southwest Florida has surely seen. The ibis is a medium-sized white bird with a very distinctive curved beak used for rooting around in the mud. See the video below.
Immature ibises are brown until they grow up and their feathers change to the full white color. There’s alot of immature ibises around this time of year.
Where can I see them?
The first recommendation is look up. If that doesn’t work, several large flocks of ibises head to Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers around sunset to feed and nest for the night.
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is one of the top spots for finding water birds in the United States. Growing up on the East Coast I was familiar with herons, egrets, and the occasional bald eagle, but the variety of them in Florida came as a shock. Check out these shots from the Darling Preserve.