Clam Bayou is a small waterway in Gulf Port, Florida. There is a nature park along the bayou that serves as a perfect spot for kayaking, paddle boarding and bird watching. The park includes several boardwalks and observation platforms.
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 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.
This guy seems to be hanging on for dear life. Or maybe he's gazing into what he thinks is a crystal ball. Either way he is spectacular. I was questioning my photographic future when I captured this image.
As an avid photographer, I spend as much time as i can in the great outdoors. I love being in the woods. People who see me must think I am crazy as I murmur a thank you to a butterfly for posing for me. Every once in a while they let me know they are happy to see me too.