Pelicans are graceful creatures in flight, their wings spread wide to take advantage of the slightest air currents as they glide above the water looking for a meal. This brown pelican uses wing feathers for control Take offs and landings are another thing...
Anhingas, locally known as "snake birds" are often referred to as comorants, by our northern friends. It would be very unusual to see a comorant in Florida. These birds spend a lot of time under water looking for food, sometimes just their neck and head are visible making them look like a snake. After diving for fist they will often be seen drying their wings in the sun.
A flight of pelicans heads out over the Gulf of Mexico in search of a meal. The birds will glide over the water looking for fish. Once spotted it is a dive straight down, hopefully coming up with a pouch full.
This adult Sand Hill Crane is in very deep grass. These birds are common along the roadways of Florida and often hold up traffic as they wander out into the street. This is an adult as evidenced by the red cap.
A turkey vulture in Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida. The park is most known for its alligators, but has a huge population of vultures, though most are black vultures. I'v used this shot on birthday cards along with a line like "a little birdie told me it was your birthday and he was meeting you for lunch". I am known for a weird sense of humor.
Storms out in the Gulf of Mexico will sometimes send foam onto the beaches. While this can sometimes be a problem, it is often a natural occurrence and of no danger. Taken on Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida.