The Okaloacoochee Slough Forest, where we walked last weekend, was a nice day-trip for us. It was a peaceful quiet forested area, mostly made up of slash pine trees.
We didn't see another soul the whole time we walked. The abundance of tall trees in that quiet place caused me to wonder out loud why the pair of bald eagles who nest near us on Bayshore Road picked such a busy location for their pine tree home instead of a quiet spot like this .
Of course I love being able to see the eagles on a regular basis (in real life as well as on the video cam), but it seems like they'd rather have a more private place to live.
But then Bill pointed out that there wasn't very much water in this forest ....it certainly wasn't arid, but the waters were shallow and ... well, slough-like.... bugs, probably snakes, maybe alligators (not the day we were there) but no big fish.
On the other hand, the Caloosahatchie River is the perfect place for eagles (and others) to look for food:
Since their nest on Bayshore is only about a mile from the River (as the eagle flies) it makes perfect sense that they'd pick that spot of real estate for their winter home, in spite of the noisy road. Our neighbor here is fishing from his dock at the end of our Canal, looking out toward the River. The eagles can sometimes be seen fishing in the same place.
For all of us, it's all about finding the nearest source of food.