This is Gallus gallus domesticus...yes, the domestic chicken. However, this is no barnyard chicken, but a feral, endemic population of chickens that have become quite famous on the island. These are an introduced, invasive species here. They are extremely common, and are protected locally. We witnessed chickens foraging among the seaweed on the beach, and digging for insects under shrubs, around and under houses, and in wilder areas as well. The chicken population is controversial, with locals strongly in favor of extirpating or protecting the chickens. They eat large quantities of insects, which the locals appreciate, and also small reptiles and other wildlife, all of which makes them detrimental to the local environment. However, Key West is largely a suburban city. The chickens are an increasing problem, as they thrive here, and have begun to spread to other Keys.
Pigeons roosting in a gazebo on Sunset Pier.
An attractive seaweed.
Unknown long-beaked fish, about 1 foot long.
Photos taken from a bridge. The crystal clear water of a tide pool revealed these long, slender fish, around a foot long, or less.
Great Egrets were very common in the Keys, but I did not manage to get a photo of one, as we always saw them from the car, while driving.
A huge tree in an empty lot.
A mussel shell
A red tinted seaweed common to this area.
This entry is actually for the shell, seen here attached to some sponges.
Shore bird of some type.
An attractive seagull, present in large numbers.
A handsome pelican.
Saw a beautiful doe standing on a side road. Unfortunately unable to get a picture, as we only saw in passing while driving past on the highway.