I am composing this adventure from somewhere in South Florida. The morning fog blanketed the ground in one of the west coast of Florida's premier birding spots. In my humble opinion birds just don’t seem as pretty in a shroud of fog verses the golden rays of morning I am normally used to. Our workshop instructor said consider this a challenge and so it was. Thankfully the fog lifted and the sun was shining bright for our afternoon adventure. We boarded a small fishing vessel with an able captain and paid a visit to an island in the sun.
Birds love to roost in secluded islands. Predators can’t swim there and it provides a safe place to lay and hatch the young. The only trouble is every bird in South Florida was trying to roost on this tiny island sanctuary it seemed. The island was no more than 100 ft in length by about 20-30 feet in width with thick shrubs growing to a height of 10-12 ft above the waterline. Nearly every branch there contained a nesting area claimed by either Great Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, Tricolored Herons, Snowy Egrets or White Ibis. We watched as one bird after another left the island to go find some nesting material by the river bank and return to place it carefully in their nest stick by stick. We were so busy capturing photos that within a few hours most of us had over a thousand photos to cull through. We clicked until the sun set with its last ray of light.
Hope you enjoyed these photos of the birds on this island in the sun. Stick by stick the nests are built and although there are occasional territorial squabbles, the birds of all different feathers seemed to get along just fine. We humans could take a lesson. Especially the politicians.