January 20, 2019


Jennifer Jilks

They are beautiful! You have amazing adventures!

Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

So impressive are your photos this time around! Of course I LOVE the spoonbills!!

It's terrific that you shared all this with us at I'd Rather B Birdin this week...thanks.


A wonderful place to visit!

Judy Biggerstaff

Looks like you had a beautiful day to photograph the birds and the landscape. Such stunning Spoonbills!


What a great day...to see all the different birds. I would want to go there every day!


lovely photos of a great selection of birds and amazing to see so many roseate spoonbills, what amazing birds

Eileen Wise

Hello Sallie, I am having problems commenting this morning. This is my 3rd time trying. I love Ding Darling and if I lived nearby i would be there all the time. Love the birds, great collection and variety. The Spoonbills are a lovely color pink. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.


Hello. It looks that you have a wonderful wildlife refuge area there. Great photos.


What a wonderful country ! Thank you to share it with us !

Linda in Virginia

Great shots! I love the night heron peeking out! And of course the roseate spoonbills are brilliant.

Hildred Finch

Your photos are fabulous, Sallie, -you brighten up life for us stay-at-homes!

Peter B.

I love the pink and white reflection of the water in the first photo. The government shutdown really is a national embarrassment. I had personal experience this week when I reached out to the Lead Wildlife Ecologist for Joshua Tree National Park to report a dead tortoise I discovered on a hike, only to receive an automated response that he's on mandatory furlough and is not allowed to use his government-issued cell phone or computer during the furlough!!

Jim, Sydney, Australia

Good shots.


Beautiful spoonbills and sky shots. Just gorgeous! Thanks for linking up today!

Tanya Breese

Love all these warming pictures!


Beautiful bird photos, the flamingoes ?? always make me laugh when they sleep standing on one leg !
Love your sky pictures !


Hi Sallie, these photos of all those birds are gorgeous. I especially loved the one of the spoonbills. You certainly have some great wildlife down there, and pretty skies! :)

Lavender Dreamer

What an amazing place to visit! I will put it on my list of places to go! Enjoy your afternoon. It's sure been a beautiful day!


How fortunate to have the refuge so nearby. Love seeing your photos of the birds, and water which I rarely see in AZ. Glad you have more time to play now that home chores are done.

betty - NZ

Sallie, your photos are so great to see, as always, being mostly critters I'll never see for myself!
If you will let me know which post you want to link up to My Corner of the World, I can link it for you. You can email me at tenfootheart (at) gmail (dot) com!


...wow, nature's treasures at their best!


The spoonbills are gorgeous. The whole trip looked like fun. Hooray for the volunteers. So many beautiful birds.


You live in a bird paradise. Those rose spoonbills are on my bucket list!

Amy Franks

What a great place to explore, so many birds to see.

Sharon Wagner

Look at all those spoonbills! What a great birding day. And super sunsets. We'll be in Florida again soon.


The shut-down is now a month old with my daughter 7 months pregnant and out sick so no money coming in and my SIL is working without pay. So much stress that my daughter does not need with this really difficult pregnancy.....Michelle

Recep Hilmi TUFAN

The photos and birds are great!

Phil Slade

It must be wonderful to have a nature reserve that you can drive around and then stop at selected places. We have nothing like that except perhaps for Scotland!

You think you have problems with your politicians? You should see and hear our dead losses.


Lovely pictures to see, especially the first large one!
Here, in the UK Midlands, it is around freezing, with yellow ice warnings-and the risk of heavy snow :).

Penelope Puddlisms

The top shot is truly a beauty with its soft pink hues and reflections. I always enjoy these Florida nature posts as the birds there are not common to my neck of the woods and it seems unbelievable that mostly I see fake Flamingos on front lawns when someone is having a birthday. And Spoonbills ... well that would be an extremely rare sighting, indeed. :)


the wildlife in this area is just extraordinary...i would love a florida trip, filled with nature walks and birding!! we have so many friends and so much family in florida, a trip there is filled with socializing and visits, there is never any "extra" time to enjoy things like birding. bravo for those volunteers, keeping this place open!!!

the refuge has an interesting name...now i am humming "ding dong the witch is dead"...i know, WHAT!!! i'm sure it will stay with me all day!!!

Heidrun Stallwanger

What a great pleasure... Thank you for sharing this wonderful and fantastic captures. Happy MosaicMonday!

Stewart M

What a great range of birds - and glad that the volunteers are keeping the park open. Maybe they should run the White House too!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

PS: sorry for slow reply, I have been away.

Alan Bates

That first photo of the Roseate Spoonbills is spectacular, complete with reflections.


So now it's Miller Time so to speak. I finally got the Christmas stuff down and the Valentine's Day lights up so that's something. Beautiful sunsets, been awhile since I saw one although we did have sun the past few days.
Those spoonbills and the wood storks are soooo cool. It's a regular wonderland down there, I hope you don't feel the sting of this childish and harmful shut down. Oh, that night heron as the same expression as my guest cat used to have, lol.


What a great place for birding! I always love seeing the Spoonbills. It's snowing hard here...


Your Spoonbills are such a delight! Beautiful photos as always and a wonderful place to visit.

Hootin Anni

Ps...I'm visiting today from my personal blog...Hootin Anni's

Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

Stunning views Sallie! I LOVE the spoonbill!!

Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

Stunning views Sallie! I LOVE the spoonbill!!

Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

Stunning views Sallie! I LOVE the spoonbill!!


Those spoonbills are a treat to see. Good on the volunteers for ensuring the birds are all OK.

ellen b

Happy to hear you are almost past the fixing things up stage. Your photos and mosaics are beautiful. Those birds are so interesting. Those skies are glorious. How lovely to enjoy them daily!


Love the spoonbills, wood storks, and night heron! They are like elegant ballet dancers:) Ah I miss my zoom lens - so much easier to capture certain subjects. And the sunsets you captured look warm and inviting - the perfect end of the day:) Many thanks for catching all these features of beautiful Florida for All Seasons, Sallie! Have a great week!

Lady Fi

Wow - love those spoonbill shots, especially the first one! And I'm so glad you figured out my new blog site...


Beautiful birds from yoyr Ding.
Happy misaic Monday Sallie



I had a picture book about birds when I was little. I always though the spoonbill was an amazing bird. I've never seen one in real life. - Margy


So pretty! I visited Ding Darling years ago on a field trip with 40 high school students. I would love to go back on my own and do some birdwatching!

A ShutterBug Explores

Magnificent nature photos ~ I was fascinated by Ding Darling place when we visited ~ ^_^

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

evi erlinda

greeting- evi erlinda


So pretty, those spoonbills are wonderful. And yes, Japan has some huge cities - the greater Tokyo area has over 38 million people!

Eileen Wise

Hello, Sallie! Ding Darling is another one of my favorite places. Thank God for the wonderful volunteers.. I loved all the birds, especially the Spoonbills and White Pelicans. Your sunset photos are gorgeous, a lovely way to end your day. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week ahead.

bill burke

The birds are gorgeous to see. I love your collage, very pretty indeed. Thanks for sharing these beautiful images, Sallie and have a wonderful new week.

riitta k

It is so fun to see such exotic birds that I have never seen live! Happy MM!


Sallie - when I was young, we lived near St. Petersburg for three years, and ever since then I have a soft spot in my heart for mangroves and all the wildlife that can be found there. The photos of the spoonbills brings to mind a painting, the way the pink reflection looks like dabs of paint. And stunning to capture one with its wings open. I am so glad you are sharing your little slice of heaven with the Mosaic Monday crowd!

Su-sieee! Mac

Even at the second photo, I thought the Spoonbills were flamingos. I know from nothing. They are handsome creatures, the Spoonbills (flamingos, too, for that matter. I'm glad the pelicans are surviving there. I find it very sad that the fish, their food, didn't make it. I love yours and your husband's near sunset drive. Good cheer, Sallie. :-)


It has been many years since we were on Sanibel Island, but I well remember the beauty of the island, the birds, and the seashells.


I absolutely must go there next time Im in FL, wish I was there now! So pretty Sallie.


Great photos and magnificent birds. I think those are prettier than the ones out here which have black or yellow bills. Glad all your little house keeping jobs on the Cottage are finished and you can just relax and enjoy yourselves. Wish I new of a magic way to get rid of all my lawn and garden jobs!!!!

William Kendall

What beautiful birds! 🐦

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