We drove from Miami down to the Florida Keys on the 16th November, getting to our hotel on Marathon at dusk. The next few days were to spend some time exploring the Keys and spend most time with just a digital point-and-shoot camera...although I did get the DSLRs out on occasion.
Next day, we got up late for a leisurely morning, when I looked out of the window to see a Manatee swimming alongside the dock behind our room! The people staying on one of the boats dropped a freshwater hose in the water and the Manatee started to drink from the hose - one way to get fresh water I guess! This is only my second encounter with this large marine mammal, having glimpsed the back of one a couple of years ago, I was amazed how confiding this one was.
We spent the rest of the day touring the more Northern Keys, seeing another Manatee with calf, before finishing up at Marathon for Sunset.
After that, we headed into Key West proper for an afternoon of tourist
We spent the 19th November on the keys between Marathon and Key West...mainly searching for White-crowned Pigeons and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers.
Finally caught up with 2 White-crowned Pigeons on a dead-end road in the middle of some mangrove...somewhere...
We spent the 20th November driving to Sanibel Island, via Flamingo in the Everglades NP. Short-tailed Hawk, Snail Kite and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher were the birding highlights...to be continued.
92 species (108 trip total)
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Great Black-backed Gull
American Herring Gull
Rock (Feral) Pigeon
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler