One day last week I found 3 different types of Rails within the course of an hour: King Rail, Virginia Rail, and multiple Sora. All of these are difficult to spot but to find them in the same area at the same time is a special treat. Here is a couple of photos of the King Rail.
My bird watching friend Bob and I took the short ride to Myakka Preserve last Friday in hopes of seeing some Swallow-Tailed Kites. I had never been able to get photos of them and the Preserve is only a ten minute drive so it sounded like a good idea. Sure enough, as we pulled into the small dirt parking area a Kite greeted us on a nearby tree and watched as we got out and took some photos. While we were there, several Kites were circling overhead looking for food, providing lots of photo opportunities.
There are a lot of other birds and over 4 miles of hiking trails – a place I will definitely return to.