I swear I’m not a birder. It just so happens that when you live in the Everglades they are part of the rhythm of life, just like breathing. Early in the season, the magnificent frigatebirds arrive. They are like an albatross, with huge wingspans, and the ability to stay over the sea for days and even weeks at a time. While they skim some food from the waters surface, they are also adept at stealing food from other birds.
It is not until late in the season that the Swallow-tailed Kites arrive. They eat insects while flying, and snatch bugs and lizards from the tops of trees. They are quick as they scan the treetops, their tails rotating to guide their flight.
Along with the kites come warmer temperatures, bioluminescence in the waters, and a knowing that it’s almost time for me to seasonally migrate as well.
It’s hard to view birds without being fascinated by the species. Since moving to Florida I have developed a special fondness for pelicans in flight and hawks, both of which we have an abundance!
Yes, pelicans are amazing creatures even though common. And there is something awe inspiring about watching a hawk do its hunting. Florida will make a birder out of anyone.
I saw Frigates and Swallowitailed Kites in Panama last year. Hope to see them in Florida some day. Nice shots. What lens?
Nikon 70-200mm f2.8
What a beautiful share the frigate birds have. And the sunset is stunning. Wish I was in the Everglades!
It’s certainly a magical place down here. I’m thankful to get to be a part of it from time to time.
Well, beautiful anyway. I am not a birder myself….
I’m definitely into beautiful landscapes and wildlife, and the Everglades is full of both…
I love wildlife, but have never photographed it. I do landscape and cityscape photography