Meet Your Neighbors

We would like to introduce you to a few Ocean’s Reach guests that are not always front and center.

The Great White Heron is one of the larger breeds of Herons and because they are so long legged, they are able to wade into deeper waters to feed. This give them the advantage of having certain feeding areas all to themselves. They locate their food by sight, usually swallowing it whole, and have been know to choke on their food occasionally. Using their long bill to spear fish and frogs, they feed both during the night and during the day.

The Blu-winged Teal is a small, beautiful duck that is quite speedy when flying. It is considered a dabbling duck, which is one that tips into the water to feed, but the Blue-winged Teal is slightly different. They skim the surface of the water instead, looking for small insects and plant matter.

Sanibel Island birds are plentiful and Ocean’s Reach is lucky to have so many species to view. The Great White Heron and the the Blue-winged Teals are at home in our pond behind the Osprey’s nest. Be sure to take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy a few of Mother Nature’s most beautiful creatures.