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.