Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday afternoon – a little fishing at my current job site at Big Pine Key.1sundayfishing

 

 

Last week during work, on the job site, I discovered a nighthawk sitting upon her one egg.  Nighthawks (members of the nightjar family, think whippoorwill) catch insects at night – by sight, silhouetted against the moon.

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If approached too closely, she would wiggle away from her quarter-sized egg, which blended in with the coral rocks scattered everywhere.1Egg

 

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Her camouflage is incredible.DSCN0002

 

Key deer walk through the job site daily and swim across the 30-foot canal to the Key Deer Refuge.1deer

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On the way back to Marathon from Big Pine, we stopped at Veterans Memorial Park at the foot of the Seven Mile Bridge.  I spotted a raccoon on the fringe of the mangroves searching for food.1CoonWithBird

 

These shells, filled with living slimy things, were squirming everywhere in the shallow water.1liveShells

 

Egrets in the shallows were also waiting for dinner.1FlatsEgrets

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It’s also a favorite spot for people.1swimmers

 

This is the old double-decker bridge at Bahia Honda State Park.  In the early 1910’s, trains traversed from the lower and middle Keys.  After damage from hurricane in 1935, the bridge was repaired and converted into part of the Overseas Highway.

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Karen and I had another great day in paradise.

 

 

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