I found myself enjoying a little R and R today. It made for few birds, but wasn’t without its interesting moments. We spent quite a bit of time on the beach, finally got in the water, and enjoyed the local denizens there. The nicest surprise was having three Manatees swim by. I was hoping they would come into the tiny lagoon formed by a sandbar just off our beach, but they didn’t. It would have made for some awesome shots. Instead, I got my usual heads up for air shots, but it was fun seeing them none the less. I don’t think we have ever missed them at the condo on our spring trips. A Gopher Tortoise in a feeding frenzy was also nice. He would chomp on a sprig of weeds, chew it up and move to the next one much faster than you would think a tortoise would move. The birds were typical with Least Terns, Laughing Gulls and Magnificent Frigatebirds being the most numerous.