When I went on vacation I was hoping to see different birds as birding is one of my favorite pastimes. I didn't really see too many different species since we pretty much stayed within the resort area. Some day I will talk my husband into a trip to Sanabel Island, which is widely known as a birding mecca. Nonetheless, I did have fun watching the birds that were there, and did manage to get a few photos.
One thing that surprised me, although I should have expected it, was the number of birds there that we have here in the summer. We were sitting outside one afternoon at a beachside cafe and red-winged blackbirds were landing on the tables! They were a serious pest and there were signs posted that read: "Please Don't Feed The Birds!"
|Of course, there are gulls everywhere. This one is a bit angry with me for parking my beach chair in his prime hunting spot.|
One day we went on a fishing excursion, and the birds at the dock put on quite a show.
|These pelicans wait around the fish cleaning table for scraps. There are several species of pelicans in the Keys and they all mingle together.|
|This is an immature Snowy Egret. He's standing over the fish cleaning table, pretending to ignore the gentleman cleaning fish. But when he tosses up a fish scrap, the little guy is quick to catch it in midair and gobble it up!|
|This big boy seems to be too dignified to beg for fish and stays above the fray :)|
|This was a real treat for me - I have never seen an Ibis before and here was a whole flock of them right on our beach.|
But now I am back in the frozen tundra watching my beloved chickadees at the feeder :)