Just off busy Route 41, also going under the misleadingly romantic moniker the "Tamiami Trail" (Tampa-to-Miami. Get it?) is a weird little Paradise.
Sandwiched between housing estates in a typical out-of-town arterial road drag, a large pond and a small island popular with all kinds of birdwatchers.
To deter marauders, the pond is infested with alligators.
Leaving the birds on the island free to build their nests, socialise,
Primp and preen
let their hair down.
As sunset approaches
And more home in
Herons, egrets, ibises, anhingas et al, swooping and wheeling like mini pterodactyls
Until everyone finds a bed for the night.
This is the Venice Rookery