We did see nesting swallow-tailed kites, which was almost as good, and very rare to me to see. One parent did however try to attack me as I was photographing the nest, so that was when it was time to move on. That is the second time now I have been attacked by a nesting bird. The first time was a black skimmer at Redington beach.
Eventually we were chased out of the park by the ranger because they had already closed by the time we got back from the very long trail. However, it really was the perfect time to be there. On the way out, the car was surrounded by several dozen 50 nighthawks, dozens of bobwhites running everywhere in front of the car, several deer in the road, and probably a lot more I could have seen if we had been able to go slower and look. It was amazing! Probably how many areas of Florida used to be before all the people moved in.