Another unusual aspect of this vacation is the fact that watching wildlife and identifying new species was not our primary objective. But we still set aside some time for it, and the trails of the J. W. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge proved to be an excellent place to see a diversity of wildlife. As usual the little brown anole lizards were everywhere, but there was also plenty of seabirds to catch our attention. Memorable sightings included yellow-crowned night herons, roseate spoonbills, white pelicans, reddish egrets, mottled ducks, a family of raccoons, crabs, insects, and a mangrove salt marsh snake.
We enjoyed our time together! There wasn’t much that escaped our ten pairs of watchful eyes and James’ camera was quick to capture the marvels we met with.