Breakfast with the Limpkin family

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I don’t see limpkins often at Chesnut Park. This morning in mid-June, I heard what sounded like baby bird crying. The sound was coming from far in the corner near the lake. Three almost grown baby limpkins were still being feed by mom. They were the size of the parent but were still making that hungry baby bird wheezing noise. Mom was busy pulling up one snail after another and feeding each of the babies. I sat down on a bench under a picnic shelter and watched them for a while before heading home to eat lunch as well.

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Flowers in the house

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Playing around with my macro on a rainy day.

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Critters at Chesnut Park.

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Some of the summer birds at Chesnut Park in mid-June.

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I don’t see Cooper’s hawks that often. This one was watching his nest, far into the woods. We couldn’t see the babies but we could hear them crying for food.

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Not great shots but I couldn’t resist. The above two shots are of a blue-gray gnatcatcher nest high up in a tree. It looked like a golf ball from the naked eye. I think there were 3 babies on the nest. By the time you could see them, they were outgrowing the nest. These are extremely zoomed in and cropped. Thanks to Joe with his scope that knows every bird that is born at the park.

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Even smaller critters have taken over. Grasshoppers and butterflies were everywhere.

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This little beauty had deer flies on her face. They are worse than mosquitos.

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Taken with my phone, a shot of the swamp from the boardwalk.

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After work on the beach

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“Just leave me alone” says the pelican being bothered by the little kid.

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Check out the man’s back. Another good reason not to feed the gulls, other than it’s illegal. It’s all fun and games until someone gets pooped on.

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Royal terns lining up to sleep for the night.

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On the beach near the spot where the skimmers nest.

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What I think the skimmers say

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“Don’t come close” says mom skimmer.

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“I’ll just lean on this big stick.”

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“You’re squishing me mom!”

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“FISHHHHHH!!”

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“When is my brother going to hatch?”

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Mom, she’s taking my picture.”

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“This fish won’t fit down my throat.”

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“I know this isn’t a baby bird, but this ball is so soft to cuddle with.”

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“Don’t eat me.” says the fish.

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A people eye view of the skimmers nesting on the sand.

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The birds are surrounded by ropes and there are signs all over the area to keep people from trampling through the nesting area.

More shots from my visit with the black skimmer colony on the beach back in late June.

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Cute and cool at the lake.

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What is it about little ducklings that are so cute???

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Even hybrid mallards are cute when they are sleeping.

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The wood duck is just cool, posing for me.

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Another cool duck, the shelduck is not native to Florida. The city of Lakeland bought them for the downtown lake.

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Even grackles eat fish.

The usual things sleeping and floating around Lake Mirror.

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“I never promised you a rose garden”

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After a rain shower at Hollis Garden in Lakeland.

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Walking down the trail.

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The usual gators.

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He looks so cute and innocent.

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Summer plants at the park.

Mid-June at Circle B Bar Reserve. Very few birds but there are other things there.

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In the backyard this spring.

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Moth on the screen.

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A green heron was preening on my neighbor’s sailboat mast.

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A house sparrow family living in our dock. This was the 2nd set of babies they had this spring. As they grow up, they hang around the backyard for a while.

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These are baby starlings. They were eating bugs in the backyard. I think there is a nest in my neighbor’s oak tree.

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An eagle hanging around the neighborhood late in the season. I saw him in late May on the cell phone tower outside of my neighborhood.

A few things in the backyard in late May and early June.

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Wild baby birds at the zoo

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Baby little blue herons at various ages.

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Above are almost grown tricolored herons.

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A snowy egret was watching her eggs. They had not hatched yet.

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Baby house sparrows were being fed. The nest was high up in the roof of the ticket booth. I heard the babies chirping as I walked in and stopped to snap the above.

Besides the usual animals you see at the zoo, you can usually find wild baby birds growing up in the spring at Lowry Park Zoo.  I found all of these in late May.

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