In How To Be A Bad Birdwatcher by Simon Barnes, I learned that we all know more about birds than we think we do. They’re part of our everyday environment and culture. So after reading his “get up and go do it whether they laugh or not” essay, I then turned to Maryjo Koch’s Bird Egg Feather Nest, a gorgeous watercolor rendition of everything bird and a true naturalists dream; her egg speckling and overall nests compositions are to die for.
Anyway, all this encouraged an early morning visit to the Venice Rookery, which is also the Sarasota County Venice Area Audubon Center, and sits on the Great Florida Birding Trail. Here’s what I learned. Patience pays. I saw what I think were two adult black skimmers in flight which I was not quick enough to capture (I was slightly embarrassed by my handheld Samsung Galaxy compared to some of the amazing photographic equipment being used while I was there). Redeemed when Mr. Got About Five Grand In Lenses longingly asked me if I got any good shots. 🙂
Still, this photo essay isn’t half bad and includes a small butterfly garden also on the premises. Hopefully it will encourage you to spend some meditative time outdoors, and soon. And I learned “hitting a snag” is a Real Thing. Who knew? A snag, as you will see below, is a dead tree – critical for bird landing and perching. 🙂
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