Deb Johnson, who we refer to as eagle eye, was leading the Venice Area Birding Association field trip to Robinson Preserve. This 487-acre preserve is located in northwest Bradenton. The refuge is coastal and mangrove habitat. We usually go there once a year. The Osprey Trail is a three-mile irregular circular trail beginning and ending by the visitor parking lot. Other trails stem out from this area adding several miles. You can see bikers, skate boarders and dog walkers along the trail. Kayakers make excellent use of the waterways, running through the refuge.
Nine of us started hiking from the parking lot after we spent some time observing the mature bald eagle high in a tree right on the fringe of the area. We also spotted an osprey in another nearby tree. Off we went, trying to avoid the many bikers that were present on this particular day.
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