Can you guess what I saw today? I so, so wish that I had a decent photo, but this is all I got. A dark blob in the water with a big mermaid tail.
Yesterday was a very ospreyey (is that a word?) day. When the osprey woke me up with its loud screeching in the morning it must have been a sign that I would get my closest view of ospreys just a few hours later.
OK, not quite a monster. This iguana was actually about 2ft long. He’s one of the growing population of unwanted pet iguanas released into the Florida Keys by their owners. They love the weather, the habitat and the food and their numbers have risen dramatically in the last few years as these one-time pets mate and reproduce.
Unfortunately the native wildlife is finding it hard to live with them as the iguanas munch their way through the local fruits, flowers, buds, leaves and young stems plus the occasional birds egg, insects and small vertebrates. On some Keys they are being rounded up and shipped out.
Don’t worry this photo has been “messed” with. They don’t actually have a ghostly glow around them but believe me that “don’t mess with me” look is oh so very real!
On Tuesday I made a bad mistake. It wasn’t one of my better ideas in fact it was a pretty awful one. I know, I thought, while Andrew goes fishing I will WALK to Long Key State Park. It only takes about 10 mins in the car so it won’t take me long. How wrong can one person be????
Down on Grassy Key (the next Key down) there are some weird shallow fresh water lagoons edged by mangrove. I think they were dug out for aggregate when they were building the railway or road way back. They make a great habitat for birds and insects.
It’s my third day on Conch Key. Thankfully nothing much has changed since our last visit in November. It’s warmer but just as breezy! I decided it was time I checked out Long Key State Park (my local wildlife reserve on the next island across 3-mile bridge).
Long Key State Park is a little gem. Only a couple of quid to get in for the whole day, hardly any people but a beautifully kept nature trail through the tropical hammock (Florida woodland) and along the mangrove shoreline. Most of the time I have it to myself and yesterday was no exception. Continue reading ‘Looking for Bugs & Birds’