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Birds at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida

The American white pelicans have begun to arrive at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island in Southwest Florida so I decided to so do some early morning bird photography there. I got very lucky and got to see many other birds besides the American white pelicans.

J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island in Southwest Florida is named after Jay N. Darling. Darling was an editorial cartoonist who won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1924 and again in 1943. He got the nickname “Ding” because he signed his work with a contraction of his last name, D’ing. Knowing that Darling was also a conservationist and an avid advocate for wildlife management, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him to a blue ribbon Committee on Wildlife Restoration in 1934. Darling initiated the Federal Duck Stamp program and designed the first stamp. Roosevelt appointed Darling as head of the U.S. Biological Survey the orerunner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

I buy a duck stamp from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service every year because it helps promote wildlife conservation and bird habitat conservation. You can buy one here.

Here are a few photographs from the last few days on Sanibel Island.


American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) after having just arrived at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island in the Gulf of Mexico


Group of American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) on a sandbar at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida


Group of American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida


American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) in flight at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island in the Gulf of Mexico


Little blue heron (Egretta caerulea) catching sand crabs at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida


Eastern wood pewee (Contopus virens) at Bailey Tract, J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida


Roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) having a discussion over fishing rights with a snowy egret (Egretta thula) at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Gulf of Mexico


Roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) in flight at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida


Snowy egret (Egretta thula) in flight at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Gulf of Mexico


Adult Yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea) catching sand crabs at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Gulf of Mexico


Adult Yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea) at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Gulf of Mexico


Silhouettes of American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) at sunset at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida


American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) in flight in front of Roseate spoonbills (Platalea ajaja) at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Gulf of Mexico


Reddish egret (Egretta rufescens) at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida


Reddish egret – bad hair day


Two Snowy egrets (Egretta thula) fighting at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Gulf of Mexico

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