Farmers' Market and Naples Pier

We recently returned to the paradise that is Naples, Florida to visit family.  We headed over to the Naples Farmers Market but took a detour en route to the beach.
I'm slowly and steadily becoming an enthusiastic, opportunistic birder.  I'm never going to sit in a hide for hours on end waiting for the perfect rare specimen to appear, but I appreciate and love to photograph birds when they present themselves in our travels.  In this case, I loved this small flock of ibis seemingly having a picnic.
This moscovy duck was splashing around in a puddle nearby after the recent rains.
We noticed this little fellow singing on a lamppost in the parking lot.
On to the Naples Farmers' market.  We love visiting places like this because you get a real sense of the fresh foods on offer and the local culture.  Just look at these ripe red tomatoes.  Gorgeous!
These onions are huge!
We were in Naples around Easter time which explains these baby chicks for sale.  I have mixed feelings about this.  They are adorable but what are they used for when people buy them?
We watched a guy make fresh guacamole by hand.  Yum!
One of our favorite surprises of the farmers' market was Harvest Soups.  We tried Banana Chipotle Soup and Brie and Champagne soup.  So decadent...
From here, we covered the short distance to the Naples Pier.  We were delighted to see a snowy egret sitting atop the shelter at the far end of the pier.
He even came down from his perch for a stroll among the people...
This tern did the same.  It was an amazing opportunity to see some fine wildlife up close and in person.

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