Florida Day Four: A Manatee And A Yellow Bellied Sapsucker At Key Largo
After my morning visits to the parks in Key Largo, some relaxation at the pool and editing photographs in my room at the Seafarers resort, I visited some friends at the Kawama Yacht Club. It was located a few miles away on the opposite, Atlantic coast, of the key. While touring the facilities at the club, a woman told us there was a manatee at the marina.
I had never seen a manatee in the wild. In fact I don’t think I had ever seen a manatee, even in captivity. We quickly walked to the marina and were treated to not one, but two manatees, enjoying the calm waters of the marina.
I have since learned there are three species of manatees in the world, The African manatee, the Amazon manatee, and the West Indian manatee, the ones that live in Florida.
One of them approached a pier and appeared to smile at me as I took its photograph. I now know it was looking for fresh water and not my friendship. Here is a link to my YouTube gallery where I uploaded a video of one of the manatees swimming at the marina . https://youtu.be/1AZzTXoggHg
As much as we enjoyed watching them it was getting late and I was getting hungry so we continued with me tour and visited the swimming pool. My friends had observed a yellow-bellied sapsucker at the pool earlier in the day. And sure enough it was still there, using its long beak to drill holes in a palm tree.
Theyellow-bellied sapsucker breeds in the northern United States and winters in southern United States and the West Indies. I am guessing this juvenile was born late last year, maybe even in the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
After watching this pretty bird, it was time to eat. I joined my friends for a nice meal and a few beers at a local restaurant, a great way to end another day in the beautiful Florida Keys.Here is a link to a gallery with more of my photographs of the manatees and yellow-bellied-sapsucker. Florida Day Four afternoon critters March 13 2020
“Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species that we will never know — that our children will never see because they have been lost forever. The great majority become extinct for reasons related to human activity. Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence nor convey their message to us. We have no such right.”
– Pope Francis