ahhhh - back at the drawing board for a bit - and it feels good!
for this one, our heroes find themselves back here in florida, so this strip will be some sort of a swan-song, if you will...
the bird depicted here is NOT the bald eagle, but rather the snail kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus), found only in florida, and federally listed as endangered.
the snail kite relies on the availability of apple snails (Pomacea paludosa) which they pluck from under the water using only their talons. The U.S. population is non-migratory, though the birds will move in response to food availability. Thus Snail Kites are sensitive to droughts and/or other changes that impact the hydrology of their foraging habitat.
We recently saw some specimen on an airboat trip going down the kissimmee river, the northern entry into the everglades - so i decided to let that be the location of the hope strip right then and there
like i said, posting will be a tad sporadic (not like they haven't been already) due to 'life'...
keep on checking in