My friend in Florida has an acre of tropical gardens in her backyard and it was tempting not to go anywhere at all as so much wildlife was right there. These white ibis were everywhere and quite tame.
Great Blue Chicks
The Great Blue Heron chicks were growing fast. There were wonderful close oppportunities to see the nests.
Barred Owl Mom and baby
In the woods near where the Amish are living I was very excited to see this Barred Owl mom and her baby. A first for me!
A blue eyed breeding beauty at Venice Rookery. (male Anhinga)
My Florida friend lives on a private lake and off her back deck in the evening the Wood Ducks flew in. The Drakes were busy with courtship activities and a delight to watch.
Sarasota is a birder's paradise. Wood Stork's were wading in creeks beside the highway and flying over the Celery Fields.
Sarasota is a birder's paradise. Wood Storks were wading in creeks beside the highway and flying over the Celery Fields.
One of the early morning beauties in the Myakka River State Park.
At the blind at Felt's Preserve we were lucky as our second try one day the buntings flew in.
At the blind at Felt's Preserve we were lucky as on our second try one day the buntings flew in.
This Cormorant had a lovely Floridian breakfast at the Celery Fields, Sarasota.
Another regular from Myakka who allowed me great access from the River bank!
This Little Blue Heron was fishing in a shallow creek at Myakka River State Park. He was completely oblivious to me kneeling on the bank.
Skimming at the Beach
Royal Tern watches while black skimmer skims for fish at Lido Beach. These guys were so tame I sat down right beside them to shoot.
Extraordinary color on this guy, could have used more light.
i wish there had been more light in the Blind but lovely to see this guy!