VISIT BIRD PARADISE ON FLORIDA'S SANIBEL ISLAND AT THE DING DARLING NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
The island's “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge named for Jay Norwood Darling a dedicated environmentalist, is a paradise for birders and walkers. Two hundred species of birds find haven in this sanctuary and an equal number of fish species spend their early lives maturing among the protective roots of the Refuge's mangrove forest. Tangled, dark and secret, this dense growth of Black and Red Mangroves is called “the nursery of the seas”.
A few steps away I became so engrossed with photographing an anhinga, I failed to notice that I was standing in the middle of a fire ant's nest. Within seconds the minute ants were swarming over my feet and up my trouser legs....with painful results.
Like the crocodile, I found Sanibel Island's serenity and tropical ambience irrisistible. And like the crocodile, I too will be back.
Photos copyright Anne Gordon
Posted on Saturday, 22 January, 2011