The Astrals love the beach.
Here's a stork doing a little fishing in the shallows.
Lots of pelicans diving and splashing in the water.
When we were cycling past the marina, we spotted this osprey
just chilling on a lamp post. It did not seem too disturbed by our
presence and we were able to get close enough for Wendy to
grab this awesome shot.
We were cycling and stopped for a picnic lunch at Coot Pond.
This little killdeer was hanging out at Coot Pond.
Life is good!
Anyone for a spot of roasted black vulture? Right after I had
cooked on this grill, this vulture landed on the hot surface
and hung out for awhile, looking for a tidbit I guess. I couldn't
believe he could tolerate the heat. Plus, there really wasn't anything
there for him to eat. Hot feet and no food is not a winning combination
in my book.
Wendy in full hiking regalia. It was not that cold, but there are enough mosquitoes
that it's better to cover up and sweat than to suffer the bites.
One section of the prairie was populated with these
beautiful silvery trees.
I think this is some form of heron. I'll get back to you
with a full identification when I get back to the Audubon guide.
There are so many birds here that they hang out together
in wonderful inter-species clusters. Here a heron and an
ibis share some quality branch time.
More to come, including gators and hawks.
-The usual suspects.