May 1, 2018

Black Skimmer

Black Skimmer

Putting the 'skim' in black skimmer! Spotted this guy at Ken Thompson Park streaking over Sarasota Bay at dinner time scooping up little fish near the surface.  First time I've seen black skimmers here, usually they hang out a few miles south on Lido Beach.

April 29, 2018

Saturday Sunset

LBK Sunset 

Pulled myself away from the newly discovered eagle nest for a sunset last night on the Gulf of Mexico.  Can't go wrong with either one, really.

April 27, 2018

And Then...

2 Eagles 

...there were two!

April 26, 2018

Right on Time

Bald Eagle 

This guy is right on time! He arrives about 30 minutes before sunset with just enough sunlight for me to snap a few pics.  So considerate!  When I downloaded this pic, I noticed the incredible camouflage with the eagle's feathers and the tree bark.  Almost indistinguishable -- amazing!

April 25, 2018

Howdy, Neighbor!

Bald Eagle 

Last week, while taking an evening stroll in the neighborhood, a bald eagle buzzed right by me! Seriously.  It was probably 25-30 yards away and just 25 feet in the air.  No mistaking it.  A short while later, I spotted it sitting in a tall pine tree, which I strongly suspected was its nest. So, this past Monday, I ventured out on my evening walk toting my camera, long lens and tripod.  I didn't have to wait long at the nest before I heard a familiar swoosh/thwump -- and voila! -- the eagle has landed!  So exciting! Once the summer rains start, the leaves probably will fill in enough to hide the nest, so I have to enjoy this awesome slice of nature while I can.  And, as far as I can tell, no one else has found it...which explains why, as Editor in Chief, I've issued an order for the entire SDP staff to keep mum.  Ssshh!

April 23, 2018

Black-crowned Night-heron

Black-Crowned Night-Heron 

Spotted this black-crowned night-heron roosting at the Tony Saprito Fishing Pier in downtown  Sarasota patiently -- and hopefully -- awaiting a handout. I suspect he knows he's handsome -- bloodshot eye and all.  What do you think?

April 22, 2018

Back in the Saddle

Ringling Bridge 

I'm back in the saddle after my amazing adventure in the Pacific Northwest!  I've been enjoying some nice sunsets here (along with the pleasant spring weather we've been having).  I caught this sunset on Sarasota Bay last week after work. (Love working just blocks from the water!) This is the Ringling Bridge in downtown Sarasota which connects to the barrier islands, including Lido Key and Longboat Key.  Just before I moved to Sarasota, there was a big controversy whether to replace an old drawbridge with this one. Hard to imagine...because now, this bridge is iconic -- featured in most scenic photos of downtown -- and very popular with runners and walkers.  Can't imagine downtown Sarasota without it.