Swallow-tailed kites to migrate south again

The graceful and acrobatic swallow-tailed kites that have been gliding through Southwest Florida will soon be heading south.dive3

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My photography and birding hotspots, Sarasota County, FL

Anyone who has trekked some of the parks and preserves in Sarasota County knows there are many great protected, wild habitats for birding and nature photography. It’s another rainy and gray day, and since I couldn’t head out to the trails, I decided to compile a list of my hotspots — in no particular order. If you’ve got a go-to “patch,” or local birding locale you visit regularly, please feel free to share in the comments!

In April, we were treated to a surprise above the pine flatwoods at this 1,384-acre sanctuary for wildlife and native flora.

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