I have been thinking about birds lately — possibly because I managed to identify the orangey-red smudge on one of our old Seychelles photos as a Madagascar Red Fody (will have to get a better picture this time, in the meantime, just picture a sparrow that fell into a paint bucket) — and suddenly remembered this guy.
We encountered him on Sanibel Island in Florida on our wedding trip three years ago (time flies). It was February and I imagine he was enjoying both the sun on his back and and the warmth rising from the dark tarmac. What I loved about him was the self-assurance in his assumption that those funny non-winged creatures would go out of their way to make sure not to disturb him (a reasonable call if you live in a wildlife reserve). And if they hung around and kept staring at him, surely it was only to admire his magnificence.
Help with identification (Julia?) very welcome.