South Florida Trip January 2018

We were planning to take a three day trip in the Everglades last week, but the weather did not cooperate, very windy with three to five foot seas and eight foot waves possible! No thanks… We decided to car camp, taking day trips to the Turner River and three state parks we had not been to. [Gallery]

We got a few miles down the Turner through very low mangrove tunnels. We stopped where a canal historically merged with the river. On the way back we encountered an eight to ten foot alligator sunning himself.

We tented at Collier-Seminole State Park with temps down to the low 40s. We spent a few hours on the scenic drive through Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. [Panorama]

We then visited Myakka River State Park on our way home. They have several nice nature walks including this eighty foot tower and canopy walk.

There were lots of birds including Bald Eagles, Black Stilts and these Roseate Spoonbills feeding in a small stream.

They look like vacuum cleaners in this video.

Back in St. Pete we went to see a kite flying competition.

Trump v Moby-Dick

I’ve become a real fan of @MobyDickatSea, a bot-based feed of random quotes from the book. It’s amazing how well some of these fragments stand up as individual thoughts!

After the inauguration of @realDonaldTrump I noticed a pattern… random juxtaposition of quotes that seemed to provide commentary on the man and his policies. Some of these are remarkably good and I’ve collected them for your entertainment. They are also a testament to how similar our new prez is to the doomed Captain Ahab! [Go to Main Article]

I’ll be updating this article and tweeting to @Richard_Rathe hashtag #TrumpvMobyDick . The source tweets obviously belong to others. I include them for satire and commentary.

Fall Birds at Sweetwater Wetlands

Checked out #SweetwaterWetlandsPark last week and things were pretty quiet. Not many migrants, but great viewing of several residents, including this Purple Gallinule!

Two Semi-Tame Limpkins were there to act as greeters on the boardwalk (as usual). This one was particularly vocal!

Bird yoga…

Here are two of the cutest migrants you’d ever want to see, the little Pied-Billed Grebe

…and the Eastern Phoebe

Finally, a perennial favorite, the Anhinga!