It's January in S.W. Florida, it is mild and sunny - visitors are happy and are enjoying the scenery.....this makes for great connections.
The trails by mid afternoon on the other hand seems to be a bit quiet but when we pay attention, it's amazing what can be discovered.
|This Phoebe stayed on that branch while watching people zooming by on their bicycles.|
|Along the Sanibel River I noticed some activities within the trees - out of prying eyes a Yellow-rumped Warbler was preening until he realized he had company - he looked at me as if saying: "Can I help you with something?"|
|And lucky for me, I was able to watch a Black-and-white Warbler sitting still for a few seconds....|
|what a delicious treat this was! Black-and-White are notorious for being in constant motion, moving along the bark and consuming insects as if there would be none tomorrow.|
|This is a male - he is heavily streaked and sports dark cheeks and throat.|
|Minding his own business by the South Dike was the regular Great White Egret.|
|An American Bird Grasshopper aka American Locust.|
|I stayed and watched it for a while, not quite sure what it was doing - however at the end of its tail seem to be several pinchers that moved at clearing the ground - it reminded me of an alien in form.|
|It stayed in the middle of the path and avoided any and all collisions with bicycles as they went by - until he had enough excitement and flew into the bushes.|
|A Slider - basking...its main activity, really.|
|This log looks good enough for two - I'm still researching the name of that second turtle - any help would be appreciated.|
|A Stickbug - in its lifetime - it stands erect just like a stick, moving ever so slightly....so much so that it easily eludes the passerby, unfortunately for this guy - the passerby didn't miss.|
|It's time to wrap it up - and what better ending than a Tiger Moth landing nearby!|