Dancing Pelican

You have seen them fly and seen them fish but did you know they can walk on water? The amazing Florida Brown Pelican coming in for a landing.

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Dancing Pelican

Dancing Pelican

Fishing Thieves

I hail from the Pennsylvania Mountains home to, among other things, Black Bears. We know we don’t feed the Bears and that includes being careful with your garbage. If they know about your trash or you feed them, you will never get rid of them. They get lazy.

I think the same is true of fishermen in Florida. The Pelicans seem to hang out around boats and fishing piers, stealing the catch whenever they can. I saw fishermen swear at the Pelicans but others were feeding the birds their bait. Talk about mixed messages!

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Fish Thieves

Fish Thieves

Florida White Pelican

I was telling my wife that over the years of visiting Florida, I had never seen a White Pelican. My mother who had lived in West Palm Beach had thought they were going extinct. Turns out they are migratory and real snowbirds!

We visited the Ding Darling nature preserve on Captiva Island and saw hundreds of these large birds. They are much larger than brown pelicans or even bald eagles for that matter with a nine foot wing span. I was fortunate to capture one in flight.

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White Pelican

White Pelican

Tri-Color Heron

We visited the Ding Darling nature preserve on Captiva island and saw flocks of different birds including hundreds of white pelicans. This was the only Tri-Color Heron we saw and he looked a little lonely.

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Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

The Shy Wolf Sanctuary

Naples Florida is home to a unique charity,The Shy Wolf Sanctuary(shywolfsanctuary.com). They rescue wolves that have been bred or purchased as pets and then abused or abandoned. The sanctuary is the only wolf sanctuary in the USA where you can actually interact with these beautiful wild animals. They are totally supported by donations and merchandise sales. The staff is made up completely of volunteers. Plan a trip while in south Florida for a real wildlife encounter.

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A Rescued Wolf

A Rescued Wolf

Bird Watching

I have always been fascinated by watching male behavior around women. Unlike me, most men will not glance at an attractive woman if there is any chance they will be caught ogling. They will suck in their guts until they pass out but not venture a glance. I on the other hand just don’t give a damn.

Bird Watching

Bird Watching

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Stealth Stork

It took a while to get a picture of this bird. You would think it would be easy. This is a large stork but good at putting his head in the swamp looking for food and hiding behind trees. This was taken at Lettuce a Lake in Tampa.

Stealth Stork

Stealth Stork

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