I had never been to Marco Island in Florida but thought it a good site for relaxing and enjoying the warmth during January. The condo we rented is right on the beach and near a lagoon and bird sanctuary. The area has been excellent for birding at all times of the day, but especially in the morning and evenings.
Upon arrival, I encountered an osprey on a sign on the beach eating a recently caught fish. He/she was fearless and I could approach very close for some pictures. Many of the larger birds in the lagoon are also very tame, which has allowed some very close shots.
Here are some of my favorite photos.