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Irma Biddle snapped this photo of a great horned owl nest near Fieldstone on Marco Island. Irma writes, 'We'd been keeping an eye on the nest for the past month. As dusk settled we would see Mama and Daddy owl begin their prowl of the night sky. Last week we spotted movement in the nest. The babies were flapping their wings, strenghtening them for their venture into the world.'

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Irma Biddle snapped this photo of a great horned owl nest near Fieldstone on Marco Island. Irma writes, "We'd been keeping an eye on the nest for the past month. As dusk settled we would see Mama and Daddy owl begin their prowl of the night sky. Last week we spotted movement in the nest. The babies were flapping their wings, strenghtening them for their venture into the world."

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  •  Jean Guy writes, 'I found this limpkin on one of our small bridges where I live in Corkscrew Woodlands in Estero.'
  • Dan Almaral sends us this great photo of seagulls in action at the Naples Pier.
  • Anastasiya Felis writes, 'Animals are not the only attraction at the Naples Zoo.'
  • Shanna Fabbrini writes, 'A butterfly takes a break on our back porch.'
  • 'A windy day at the Naples Pier' - Shanna Fabbrini tells us that she 'took this picture at the Naples Pier a few years ago.'
  • Anna Perkins snapped this photo of a bee on a flower in the median of Lely Boulevard.
  • Emily DeVoe snapped this photo of the beach at Keewaydin Island.
  • Cary Longchamps snapped this photo from an office window at the Sunshine Professional Center in Bonita Springs.
  • DeeDee Ream writes, 'We have a home in Pelican Bay and these are some photos I took last month on my way through the mangrove to the beach.'
  • Jean Guy writes, 'I took this awesome picture of a heron by my home in Corkscrew Woodlands in Estero.'
  • Marco Island resident Katherine Turns captured this scene of nature engaged in battle as a small snake attacks a frog in Corkscrew Sanctuary.
  • Mike Housewert writes, 'The roseate spoonbill, in my opinion it is one of the most beautiful birds in the Everglades.  Did you know that in the early 1900's these birds were hunted to the brink of scarcity? There were tens of thousands of them and they were hunted for their beautiful plumage and used in women's hats, clothing, and other decorative ways.'
  • Mike Housewert writes, 'The roseate spoonbill, in my opinion it is one of the most beautiful birds in the Everglades.  Did you know that in the early 1900's these birds were hunted to the brink of scarcity? There were tens of thousands of them and they were hunted for their beautiful plumage and used in women's hats, clothing, and other decorative ways.'
  • Greg Finley writes, 'My wife and I visited Bonita Bay a few years ago, and fell in love with it. We live there now, and enjoy its beautiful surroundings. I love to take pictures everywhere I go. Here is a picture of Estero Bay with some morning fishermen. When we're not in Bonita, we look at this picture often, and it never fails to make us sigh.'
  • An osprey patiently waits for a lunchtime opportunity on the Naples Pier.
  • DeeDee Ream writes, 'We have a home in Pelican Bay and these are some photos I took last month on my way through the mangrove to the beach.'
  • DeeDee Ream writes, 'We have a home in Pelican Bay and these are some photos I took last month on my way through the mangrove to the beach.'
  • Jean Guy writes, 'This photo of a hawk was taken by my home in Corkscrew Woodlands in Estero.'
  • 'They day after Hurricane Wilma' - Shanna Fabbrini writes to tell us that 'I took this picture right after hurricane Wilma hit us. This picture was taken in Naples Park.'
  • Cary Longchamps snapped this photo from an office window at the Sunshine Professional Center in Bonita Springs.
  • Cary Longchamps snapped this photo from an office window at the Sunshine Professional Center in Bonita Springs.
  • Cary Longchamps snapped this photo from an office window at the Sunshine Professional Center in Bonita Springs.
  • Cary Longchamps snapped this photo from an office window at the Sunshine Professional Center in Bonita Springs.
  • Cary Longchamps snapped this photo from an office window at the Sunshine Professional Center in Bonita Springs.
  • Cary Longchamps snapped this photo from an office window at the Sunshine Professional Center in Bonita Springs.
  • Cary Longchamps snapped this photo from an office window at the Sunshine Professional Center in Bonita Springs.
  • Cary Longchamps snapped this photo from an office window at the Sunshine Professional Center in Bonita Springs.
  • Kaye Hinson snapped this photo of an egret at Courtesy Auto Gas Station.
  • Frequent contributor John Henry writes, 'As you enter the pathway entrance to the The Turtle Club on Gulf Shore Blvd. in the Vanderbilt Beach area, we had the occasion to see these beautiful orchids in the court yard before entering the restaurant.'
  • Surf's up! Naples resident Steve Wright snapped this photo at Seagate Beach around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2008.
  • Surf's up! Naples resident Steve Wright snapped this photo at Seagate Beach around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2008.
  • Surf's up! Naples resident Steve Wright snapped this photo at Seagate Beach around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2008.
  • Some Naples Heritage Country Club homeowners awakened Saturday to find an unexpected guest taking a dip in their pool.
  • Theresa Gantner, with the Marriott's Crystal Shores writes, 'This is the osprey called Oscar. He seems to be the big bird in the territory around the new Marriott Crystal Shores area. He is regularly seen hunting in the Gulf in front of the site. Today he took his lunch on the balcony of our neighbor's building.'
  • Trish Mulligan sends along this photo of a brightly colored feathered friend.
  • Irma Biddle snapped this photo of a great horned owl nest near Fieldstone on Marco Island. Irma writes, 'We'd been keeping an eye on the nest for the past month. As dusk settled we would see Mama and Daddy owl begin their prowl of the night sky.'
  • Irma Biddle snapped this photo of a great horned owl nest near Fieldstone on Marco Island. Irma writes, 'Last week we spotted movement in the nest. The babies were flapping their wings, strenghtening them for their venture into the world.'
  • Irma Biddle snapped this photo of a great horned owl nest near Fieldstone on Marco Island. Irma writes, 'We'd been keeping an eye on the nest for the past month. As dusk settled we would see Mama and Daddy owl begin their prowl of the night sky. Last week we spotted movement in the nest. The babies were flapping their wings, strenghtening them for their venture into the world.'
  • Irma Biddle snapped this photo of a great horned owl nest near Fieldstone on Marco Island. Irma writes, 'My biggest surprise was Mama owl sitting on a bush 3 foot off the ground. At first we wondered if she was injured, however I suspect that an owlet was hiding underneath the bushes and Mama was staying as close as possible.'
  • Frequent contributor John Henry writes, 'As you enter the pathway entrance to the The Turtle Club on Gulf Shore Blvd. in the Vanderbilt Beach area, we had the occasion to see these beautiful orchids in the court yard before entering the restaurant.'
  • Debbie Delany sends us this photo of a serious looking fellow perched on a tree branch.
  • Anna Perkins took this photo of a lizard on a tree in Lely Boulevard.
  • Anna Perkins took this photo of a golf course along Lely Boulevard.
  • Anna Perkins snapped this photo of a bird resting in a tree. She writes, 'The picture of the bird in the tree was taken on Lely Boulevard where there is a few big piles of dirt and rock because of construction.
  • Anna Perkins writes, 'The picture of the chicken was a shocking discovery because it was in the apartments of College Park. Those little guys are fast!
  • Anna Perkins snapped this photo of a seagull at Naples Beach.
  • Anna Perkins snapped this photo of a seagull at Naples Beach.
  • Debbie Delany snapped this photo at  the boardwalk at Big Cypress Bend, off US 41 southeast of Naples.
  • Debbie Delany snapped this photo at  the boardwalk at Big Cypress Bend, off US 41 southeast of Naples.
  • Nancy Nash writes, 'Our beautiful moon shines bright over Marco Island during the night.'
  • Nancy Nash submits this photo of an osprey enjoying a meal with the caption, 'Catch of the Day: Balcony Fish, fresh from the osprey's balcony!'
  • Debbie Delany writes, 'My little wild friend visits our feeder on a daily basis.'
  • Debbie Delany snapped this photo of a buzzard along Turner River Road in East Naples. She writes, 'A beautiful bird when soaring in the sky ... but not so pretty on the ground. He was enjoying a fish dinner.'
  • Marya Repko submits this photo of a bald eacle chick and parent seen at the Fakahatchee Boardwalk on US-41 about 20 miles south of CR-951 (Collier Blvd). There is also an alligator pool at the end of the ½-mile walk through unique ecological scenery. The boardwalk is often staffed by members of the Friends of Fakahatchee who are celebrating their 10th Birthday on March 30. Photo by FOF members Jim & Niki Woodard. Phone 695-2905 for more info.
  • Dan Almaral sends us this great photo of a seagull in action at the Naples Pier.
  • George Baum writes, 'Taken at 11:04 a.m. 03/20/08.  With an even dozen ducklings, this brave Muscovy momma first crossed Granada Boulevard headed southbound then went east across Goodlette-Frank's six lanes.  A sure sign of spring.'
  • 'Please don't feed the birds, except this one' Maureen Holland writes, 'This photo was taken on Estero Bay Saturday, March 15, 2008, during a friends day on the water boating. Fifteen friends from New England, rented two pontoon boats, most living in Fort Myers and some snowbirds visiting!
  • 'I took this picture here in Naples a few days ago. These are turtle doves.'
  •  'This is something I encountered since moving to Florida. Sure not a pet!'

Photos submitted by our readers showing the unique wild animals and natural beauty in and around Southwest Florida. Submit your own photos at naplesnews.com/participate or send photos via email to webninjas@naplesnews.com.

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