Sanibel Island is a subtropical barrier island in Florida. It is home to buckets of seashells, beautiful beaches, and the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge.
Strange name isn’t it? It was named after a Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist named Jay Darling. His cartoons were published in the New York Herald Tribute and he would sign them using a contraction of his last name, D’ing, which became his nickname.
He was known for political cartoons but he was also an important figure in the conservation movement and founded the National Wildlife Federation in 1936.
The Ding Darling Refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the USA and is famous for its bird population.
Similar to the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge I visited in December, the Ding Darling Refuge features a wildlife drive where visitors can drive their cars through the refuge stopping many places along the way to take short walks to observe the birds.
I made this image of an Egret fishing in a still pond. I love to watch how the Egret stands so still, his beak hovering over the water, the eyes looking intensely as he searches for his meal. I got the Egret in my frame and was all ready to go when he was. As soon as he saw his fish and moved I started clicking and caught this splash as his head entered the water.
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