Luggage is collected, car rented and we journey off on a brief drive to our destination, beautiful Longboat Key, Florida. Though the last bit of daylight is waning, I can't help but notice the stunning silhouettes of elegant waders against the cool, reflective waters of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. I bubble over with excitement at the opportunity to view and photograph Florida's beautiful avian life over the next 12 days.
This is my first entry in a series of posts featuring the lovely birds of the suncoast.
A magnificent Osprey ruffles its feathers while perched atop the remnants of an old tree
A stunning Great Blue Heron shows off its impressive wings while aloft over the beautiful blue waters of Sarasota Bay
Fluffed and feisty, this Snowy Egret makes its way rapidly across the rocks
Two lovely White Ibises share a quiet moment at the water's edge in the late afternoon
A sunkissed Willet waits for the gentle waves of the gulf to recede
Also known as the snakebird, this Anhinga perches upon a branch drying its impressive wings
Often seen along mangrove edges, a Yellow-crowned Night-heron looks out over the bay
A slender Tricolored Heron wades in the pond seeking a tasty treat
A dainty Snowy Egret gingerly navigates the pond shallows
A tiny Sanderling chases the ebbing waves in search of mollusks, sand crabs and other crustaceans