I now have lots of paddling experience under my belt. I've seen a few sharks and also dolphins playing, manatees eating sea grass, squillions of fish schooling beneath the mangrove roots, Ospreys nesting, & huge fighting conchs & lightning whelks making their way through the grassy bottoms. Paddling for distance is not my thing. I am a drifter. Staying close to the mangroves on the bay I meander over this way, then drift back over that way taking in the sights and sounds of bay full of life.
|The snow birds are here - the feathered kind. The bird hotel on Stump Pass is a busy place this Florida winter. Click on the picture to make it full size.|
|Looking to the south across the sand bar is Knight's Island.|
|Mangroves not only help prevent beach erosion, they provide a safe place for fish hatchlings to grow up and be big fish.|
|The Osprey's start nesting in January in SWFL.|
|Black Skimmers are the penguin of the shore bird family. They look like they have little tux's on.|
If you haven't had your fill of birds & the beach - head over to my shell sistah Pam @ iLove Shelling for her post today Sanibel's Blizzard of Birds.