The setting sun had cast a pinkish glow on the storm clouds brewing along the horizon near Cedar Key, Florida. My friends and I bobbed in the shallow water of a low tide, relaxing on the boat in the warm summer air.
My friends Savanna and Travis have lived in Cedar Key for over a year now, and since they know how much I love birds they knew where they had to take me during my visit: Snake Key, part of the Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge. Birds swirled over the treetops, from the giant Magnificent Frigatebirds to the comparatively diminutive Purple Martins. Exposed mudflats were a magnet for wading birds: I have never seen so many Black-crowned Night Herons in my life!
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