My kayaking view from upper Tampa Bay.
I'm paddling along and I see this bird in the dead mangroves (still dead from the big freeze winter before this last one).
I stop and think "I've never seen this bird before." I paddle backwards towards the birds and get out my camera.
When I got home I looked it up in the Florida Audubon guide. I think it's an eastern kingbird, which is a type of flycatcher. If so, then it's a first for me. I had my small point and shoot camera so I wasn't able to get a good close up of them. And rocking back and forth in a kayak doesn't help. There was 2 of them and they flew around the edge of the mangroves for a while. They didn't seem to be too skittish (not as bad as kingfishers) but if my kayak floated too close to the mangroves they would move over a few branches.
Least terns on the sign.
There's usually a least tern on every crab trap bouy.
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