For the rest of the morning, we photograph an abundance of activity from a variety of species including the enormous white pelican, cormorants, anhingas, roseate spoonbills, great egrets, green herons, and alligators. The action was impeccable.
For lunch, we head over to Marco Island to enjoy some local fare. With our hunger satiated, we head over to Chokoloskee once again for an evening boat ride. Before the boat launches, however, we find a hotspot full of brown pelicans. It’s a perfect spot to practice birds in flight technique and an even better spot to watch and learn about the birds. While it’s hard to leave this spot, a boat awaits us.
One mile down the road and a short jaunt through a marina and we’re back at the boat. Unloading from the van, I point out a sedentary great-horned owl perched on top of a coconut in a palm tree. Turns out, that’s a favorite roost of hers and she’s there every day. We spend as much time as we can photographing the bird before Captain Charles tells us it’s time to launch.
This evening the tide is higher than it was yesterday morning. The birds, however, are still doing what birds do and while they feed in different locations, they feed nonetheless and Charles guides us deftly into the right locations.
At sunrise, we visit a rookery where a frigate bird perches. It’s rare to see one in a tree as the birds spend most of their lives in flight. They typically soar for weeks on end in the search for food. Therefore, we are lucky to find one in a static position.