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