Sunday afternoon – a little fishing at my current job site at Big Pine Key.
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.
If approached too closely, she would wiggle away from her quarter-sized egg, which blended in with the coral rocks scattered everywhere.
Her camouflage is incredible.
Key deer walk through the job site daily and swim across the 30-foot canal to the Key Deer Refuge.
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.
These shells, filled with living slimy things, were squirming everywhere in the shallow water.
Egrets in the shallows were also waiting for dinner.
It’s also a favorite spot for people.
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.
Karen and I had another great day in paradise.