July 15, 2018

Friday the 13th

Lido Beach Sunset

Friday the 13th on Lido Beach in Sarasota.  Nothing too scary about this scene!  
Hope everyone is having a terrific weekend.

July 8, 2018

The Blob

Driving down a fairly deserted gravel road deep in swamp country near the Everglades, I spotted this  brown blob in the middle of the road, which hadn't been there 15 minutes earlier.  My first thought was...BABY GATOR!   But, as I got closer, it didn't move.  So, then, I thought it was a small pile of palm fronds.  No...and...no!  It was a barred OWL -- just sitting there.  Naturally, the Junior Editor and I  suspected it was hurt and immediately started contemplating how we could rescue it, once we pulled off the road.  Moments after turning off the car engine, this happened.... 

(Click play.  The video will play.  There just isn't a thumbnail preview.)

The owl flew a short distance to a tree...apparently not injured at all!  So, I scrambled to get out the 'ol Canon.

Barred Owl

I successfully snapped this one quick shot before -- of all things -- a dump truck rumbled by and scared it away. (Odd seeing the owl sitting in the road...and odd for a dump truck to be there in the middle of nowhere -- although the crew was making some needed repairs to the gravel road.)  Fascinating encounter!  Wish we could've had more time with the owl, but happy the SDP team was able to document this activity.  Hope everyone is doing well in the Blogosphere!

July 4, 2018

Independence Day

Bald Eagle 

Hope you're soaring into a safe and fun holiday! Spotted this beautiful bald eagle in flight near Ft. Myers recently. Happy 4th of July...and God bless America!

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!