It wasn't all Sirenia Serenity at Manatee Springs last week. There was also Avian Awesomeness here and there along the spring run down to the Suwannee.
This cold cormorant let me walk right up to her(?) for a shot. It just wasn't worth the energy to flap away or dive into the cold river water.
Ibis were heading out for a day of slurping things from shallow waters and fields.
Great blue herons showed off both their plumage and their skills.
I find it so disturbing that I have to explain what herons and egrets are to Florida school kids. They are large and prevalent, which tells me if you don't know what they are, you just don't go outside much and that your parents don't value them or they would have taught you their names a long time ago.
When my babies were little, we'd drive to day care each morning on a wooded road lined with swampy ditches and I would say "Egret!" or "Heron!" each time we passed one. After a while it sunk in to their spongey brains.
Such a simple thing ...
"Thanks, you too!"
Vultures, both Turkey and Black love Manatee Springs. The cypress trees along the run are festooned with flocks of these feathered roadkill aficianados. There's probably an easy hundred at any one time just hanging out.
There were fish too, and I have a windy manatee video (peaceful ... boring?) for later this week. Tomorrow is Wordless Wednesday so I'm thinking about a gratuituous Bear post.
After all, a bark is worth a thousand words.