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    • Day8

      Walking along the beach

      May 3 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      So after grocery shopping we headed back to the apartment and went for a shortish stroll along the beach.
      The local inhabitants seem to be all part of the sandpiper family:
      - Black Bellied Plover
      - Semi-palmated Plover

      Then just as we walked back it started to look as though we were going to be in for a storm....
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      Traveler

      Love this pic 🥰

      5/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      Quite the ornithologist Keith . Iam impressed 🥰xx your loving all those birds xx

      5/6/22Reply
      Keith Eckersall

      There are more bird photos to come. We glimpsed a fascinating sight the other day of a couple of crows chasing an Eagle away but I didn't get a photo though 😕

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    • Day9

      On the Beach

      May 4 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Back on the beach ⛱️ and where better to get a selfie 🤳 with a Grear Blue Heron.
      One man and his dog ....... not here in Florida, a Great Blue Heron is (fisher)man's best friend, I can't think why though 😀
      Finally the Black Skimmers came flying down the waters edge, whilst a pelican kept watch from the jetty.
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      Traveler

      Fantastic xx

      5/7/22Reply
      Traveler

      The trouble with a long neck like that is, you have to wait so much longer to know if your full or not because your food has to travel such a long way to reach the stomach. Surprised they aren’t fat really. Just a thought. 🤔

      5/8/22Reply
      Keith Eckersall

      This long necked beast did keep sticking its neck out for any fish the fisherman didn't want but he kept telling it to wind it in and wait.....😅

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    • Day11

      Lido Key

      May 6 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Arriving back in St. Armands again!! We walked down to the beach at Lido Key to show Jayne all the Black Skimmers that were nesting there.
      We then waited for an Uber (under the watchful eye 👁 of a female pirate) to take us back to our apartment on Longboat Key in time to see the sunset 🌇.Read more

      Traveler

      Gorgeous! Lots of happy memories being made 😊

      5/8/22Reply
      Jayne Eckersall

      Wonderful memories 💕

      5/8/22Reply
      Traveler

      Jayne said she wouldn’t wear that outfit again!

      5/16/22Reply
      Keith Eckersall

      🤣🤣

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    • Day16

      Driving back to Longboat Key

      May 11 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      After a very leisurely breakfast Greg chauffeured us back to Longboat Key passing the infamous yellow American School Bus, houses that look like mansions. An Osprey nest was safely built amongst a road sign and traffic light and an amazing boat 🚢 park, where all the boats are stacked up and only taken down when the owner books his boat out.
      Last chance for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico Sea 🌊 the whilst walking along the beach ⛱️ for the last time I came across a pelican flying school taking it in turns to take off, hover and land!!
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      Traveler

      Fabulous 🥰

      5/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      Lovely 😎

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    • Day16

      The Last Supper and Sunset

      May 11 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Only a 1 hour wait, time for a beer, an enforced listening 🎶 to the band (who didn't know how to play .. Far Away 🤣🤣) then just as Greg's shrimps 🍤 were coming off the barbecue we were called to our table. Those that know me will be surprised to read that I had the Red Snapper; along with Patti, Jayne went for The Grouper and Greg had the Wahoo.
      During the meal we shared more laughter about the English language and how we say certain things and call things names that they (Americans) couldn't relate to.

      Red snapper is a large saltwater fish found in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea. The most common red snapper caught and eaten is from the Gulf of Mexico. They have a “stronger” taste than other species of fish because they eat more crabs and shrimp, which makes their meat more flavourful.

      The Grouper fish can be found in 25 to 50 foot depths 1 to 12 miles off the coast of Sarasota where the black grouper are the prevalent grouper. The blacks average 6 to 12 pounds and come and go all year long but seem to be best in Spring and Fall. They hang out on all the reefs, breaks and structure they can find and some are better than others. They hide deep in the structure which makes them hard to pull out with light tackle. Since most of the fishing done in this area is on light tackle, most are lost.
      Wahoo have elongated mouths and razor-sharp teeth. These creatures are bad-ass, almost prehistoric looking fish, that swim fast, and fight fiercely — making for a fun day on the water in the Gulf of Mexico

      Wahoo have elongated mouths and razor-sharp teeth. These creatures are bad-ass, almost prehistoric looking fish, that swim fast, and fight fiercely — making for a fun day on the water in the Gulf of Mexico.

      After our early dinner it was a quick drive back to the apartment to catch our final sunset and then joy of joys pack our cases.
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      Traveler

      💓💙💓💙xx

      5/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      Looks like you have had the best holidays. We have loved following your travels. Safe journey home xx

      5/15/22Reply
      Keith Eckersall

      Really had the best holiday, thanks. We have seen and done so much thanks to our friends Greg and Patti. And we still haven't done the tourist hot spots that Florida is associated with 😁

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    • Day11

      Sarasota Bay Front

      May 6 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      The free trolley 🚎 bus took us from St. Armands over Bird Key and into Sarasota. We got off as the bus started to make its return journey and headed straight down to the Marina. Stopping (not shopping 🛍) for a nice cold can of coke and a packet of crisps or as they say here chips!
      In the Marina we saw several green parrots 🦜 (their correct name being Monk Parakeets) flying around and then decided to recreate the Kissing Statue.

      What Is The Kissing Statue?

      Unconditional Surrender, otherwise known as the “Kissing Statue,” is a greater-than-life size version of a famous photograph snapped at the end of World War II. The original photograph, entitled “V-J day in Times Square” by Alfred Eisenstaedt, captures the celebratory essence of sailors, nurses and other military returning home from Europe after WWII ended. Originally printed in Life Magazine in 1945, this image was the cause of some mystery for decades as no one, including the photographer, knew the names of the couple in the photograph. Eventually, it became known that George Medonza, caught up in the spirit of the celebration that day, had grabbed Greta Zimmer Friedman, a woman he didn’t know who was walking past him at the time and kissed her before moving on in the crowd. Medonza passed away in February of 2019 at the age of 95.
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      Traveler

      Love love love this 💓💙💓💙

      5/7/22Reply
      Jayne Eckersall

      😂😂😂😂

      5/7/22Reply
      Traveler

      Fabulous. Looks a lovely place 😎

      5/8/22Reply
       
    • Day9

      Garden Wildlife

      May 4 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Like most gardens, various types of wildlife are attracted to them. Here is what we saw at the Botanical Gardens:
      - Brown Anoles (Lizards) Not only will these lizards eat their own molted skin and detached tails, but they will also eat their own hatchlings and the hatchlings of the Green Anole. Since this invasive species arrived in Florida from Cuba, there’s been a decrease in the Green Anole population. Brown Anoles have wider heads and shorter noses than other Anoles. They have long toes that enable them to move quickly, and they can attach to any surface as they climb, even glass. Their bodies are light brown with black-and-white markings on their backs and light tan lines on their sides. Like the Green Anole, the Brown Anoles have dewlaps, which are reddish-orange. They’re active during the day and love humidity. These lizards can thrive in any environment but prefer ground vegetation and places that they can bask in the sun.
      - Little Blue Heron This small, grayish blue wading bird is wide spread throughout the entire Florida peninsula yet rarer in the panhandle. Its entire range extends outside of Florida northeast and west in North America and in many locations throughout Cuba, South and Central America. Little blue herons feed on a varied diet of fish, insects and amphibians and prefer to forage alone. Their nesting behavior is far more communal, however. Little blue herons often nest in colonies in the company of other wading bird species.
      - Osprey, also known as "fish hawks," are expert anglers that like to hover above the water, locate their prey and then swoop down for the capture with talons extended. In Florida, ospreys commonly capture saltwater catfish, mullet, spotted trout, shad, crappie, and sunfish from coastal habitats and freshwater lakes and rivers for their diet.
      - Wasps
      - Brown Pelican is a comically elegant bird with an oversized bill, sinuous neck, and big, dark body. Squadrons glide above the surf along southern and western coasts, rising and falling in a graceful echo of the waves. They feed by plunge-diving from high up, using the force of impact to stun small fish before scooping them up. They are fairly common today—an excellent example of a species’ recovery from pesticide pollution that once placed them at the brink of extinction.
      - Yellow Crowned Night Heron. Although it's name implies otherwise this bird is also quite active during daylight hours. The Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron has an average body length of 24 inches with a wingspan of 44 inches.
      Adults are slate grey, have a black head, white crown and cheek stripe, reddish eyes and yellow legs. Breeding adults have a yellow fore-crown with white plumes from nape and orange legs.
      Juveniles are grayish brown with amber eyes, white spotting and streaks above, gradually acquiring adult characteristics over a two year period.
      The Yellow Crowned Night-Heron hunts crustaceans, insects, & invertebrates in Mangroves, fresh and salt water swamps and marshes, mainly near the coast.
      - Great Blue Heron Largest of the North American herons with long legs, a sinuous neck, and thick, daggerlike bill. Head, chest, and wing plumes give a shaggy appearance. In flight, the Great Blue Heron curls its neck into a tight “S” shape; its wings are broad and rounded and its legs trail well beyond the tail. Great Blue Herons appear blue-gray from a distance, with a wide black stripe over the eye. In flight, the upper side of the wing is two-toned: pale on the forewing and darker on the flight feathers. Hunting Great Blue Herons wade slowly or stand statue-like, stalking fish and other prey in shallow water or open fields. Watch for the lightning-fast thrust of the neck and head as they stab with their strong bills. Their very slow wingbeats, tucked-in neck and trailing legs create an unmistakable image in flight.
      - Red Ants of the three types of red ants in Florida this is the Fire ant and gets its name from the extremely painful sting and bite. One fire ant can sting and bite its victim repeatedly. These ants build mounds, and when a fire ant mound is disrupted, workers make their way to the surface to attack the intruder. Attacks by fire ants are coordinated as hundreds of workers sting at the same time. Feeding on almost any plant or animal material, fire ants also feed on other insects.
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      Traveler

      Keith. Copy and paste 😉

      5/7/22Reply
      Jayne Eckersall

      😂😂😂😂😂😂. All Keith has done all holiday is taking photos & writing up on find penguin 🐧 I haven’t hardly seen him 🤣

      5/7/22Reply
       
    • Day12

      Enforced Rest Day

      May 7 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

      Woke up to Thunder and Lightning ⛈️ this morning and waves pounding the beach. Guess we won't be going there any time soon. During a break in the rain 🌧 we quickly high tailed it to the supermarket. Near the golf course opposite we saw our first Blue Jay. We arrived home 🏡 before it rained 🌧 again and fortunately I found a channel on TV 📺 that was showing the Liverpool versus Tottenham Hotspur game so out came the beer 🍺 and crisps and I settled down for the afternoon 😀Read more

      Traveler

      What’s difference a day makes!

      5/8/22Reply
      Traveler

      Stunning!

      5/16/22Reply
       
    • Day13

      I want to break free

      May 8 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Looks like a lot of little crustaceans have done just that judging by the number of empty shells 🐚 on the beach. Its amazing to think that only 24 hours ago we were in the midst of a storm and now we are back on the beach ⛱️ although it is a little blustery.
      After a stroll along the beach, time out reading our books 📚 and a dip in the pool we decided to get ready and go down to St. Armands.

      It's also Mother's Day here in the US.
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      Traveler

      Looks beautiful xx make sure you bring that sunshine home with you xx

      5/10/22Reply
       
    • Day16

      Amish Village

      May 11 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Greg manages to stand out in a crowd!!

      You know you're in Pinecraft when you come upon large populations of men and women dressed in traditional Plain clothing and prayer coverings, often riding large-wheel adult tricycles with large baskets on the back -- a replacement for horse-and-buggy transportation, which is not allowed on city streets. Pinecraft Park is a hub of activity, with matches of shuffleboard, horseshoes and volleyball going on much of the day.

      Visitors to Sarasota delight in going beyond the beaches and heading to Pinecraft, where they can slow down a little and enjoy delicious fresh food, charming locally made gifts, and the simple pleasures in life … and pie!
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      Traveler

      you just need a beard and a hat and would fit right in Keith!

      5/14/22Reply
       

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Manatee County, Манъти, মানাটী কাউন্টি, Condado de Manatee, Manatee konderria, شهرستان ماناته، فلوریدا, Comté de Manatee, Manatee megye, Մանաթի շրջան, MZE, Contea di Manatee, マナティ郡, Manatee Comitatus, Manatee Kūn, Hrabstwo Manatee, ماناٹی کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Manatee, Мэнати, Округ Манати, Манаті, مانیٹی کاؤنٹی، فلوریڈا, Quận Manatee, Condado han Manatee, 馬納提縣

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