And wouldn't you know it in the courtyard garden below a little blue heron was going about his business.
I quickly ran downstairs to take a picure and then headed across the lawn towards the beach a few steps away.
There I found a Great White Egret and a White Ibis checking out the tennis court, while overhead on the lightpole an Osprey kept watch.
Off to an auspicious birding start we headed back into the hotel for dinner. I had a local craft beer and something called Drunken Coconut Scallops. It was really really good. Tommorow we start taking in area wildlife refuges north of Tampa.....
Some good birding on that coast.Lovely courtyard, I need a palm tree close to me.ReplyDelete
Ahhh, blue skies and green trees. How nice that must have been. Love the birds, too.ReplyDelete
Those warm temps sound wonderful and the scenery is just as good!ReplyDelete
Wow...I can't believe you've already seen four different kinds of birds right at the hotel. This looks like a lucky trip for you. I can't wait to see more bird pictures!! Enjoy yourselves!ReplyDelete
I was wondering where our ospreys went in winter - they are wise like you. Lovely bird photos!ReplyDelete
So you not only keep warm but see some awesome birds.ReplyDelete
A week of warm temperatures and birding? Fantastic! Enjoy!ReplyDelete
Oh you are so lucky... So glad you could get away for a week of some SUNSHINE and warmer temperatures...Many people who live in our area --either go to Florida for the winter --or they go north in the Summer... Must be nice to have 2 homes...ReplyDelete
One might think you could organize a cheap bus trip for those of us up here who are totally FED UP with winter in Minniesnowda. Give that some thought, Troutbirder.ReplyDelete
Jo and Stella
Oh I am jealous..have fun, enjoy the sun..looking forward to your warm pictures! We got about three inches of snow today..so it is warmer than it was..much warmer (above zero). I suppose it is too early for the azaleas down there:)ReplyDelete
This is my last day in the Florida sunshine, with temps in the high seventies yesterday, and birds everywhere. I'm sad to see it go, but I know it will still be here, keeping my sister nice and warm while I mildew back home. :-)ReplyDelete
Enjoy!! I'm thoroughly jealous as it's been two years now I've missed a trip to Florida. I'm taking notes of places you find worthy for when I get to go again.ReplyDelete
My husband and I are hoping to go to Florida next November or December. We have many friends to visit and perhaps we will do a cruise. These photos encourage me as I really don't know Florida at all and the tropical forest and birds look very attractive. Thanks for sharing your week with the rest of ua sitting in the snowy country.ReplyDelete