Two legs and Four legs

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Lots of birds flying by, an osprey adding to a nest and a night heron.

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A great blue heron standing on a nest doing a mating dance (flirting).

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The nest closest to the trail had a parent waiting for the eggs to hatch (since this visit in early February a baby has hatched. Pictures to come later.)

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It that a “I’m choking” signal or just a big yawn?

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Hawk hanging out.

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A Carolina wren singing the blues.

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Lots of glossy ibis.

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This is the year of the turtles at this park.

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And alligators too. They are getting a lot of press right now. Who knew there were alligators in central Florida???!!

All at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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Crazy chickens at the farm

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It’s amazing how the chickens and roosters all have their  own personalities. I didn’t grow up around them. I grew up thinking chickens came from a grocery store!!! It’s funny to watch them walk around the farm like they own the place.

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The eagle’s nest is close by so I stopped to see if there was any babies yet. I saw one adult sitting on the nest but after a few minutes, the adult on the nest flew over to another tree where the mate was sitting.

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I didn’t think they would leave the nest empty like that if there were eggs or babies but on a more recent trip two babies were there so I’ll post those as soon as I edit them.

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Pretty flowers at Horsepower For Kids Animal Sanctuary.

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Morning walk with the usual suspects.

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The anhingas are always along the trail striking a pose.

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All of the usuals: green heron, wood stork, snowy egret and limpkin.

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I’ve been seeing the purple gallinules on a regular basis in the same spot. The one with the tan face is a juvenile, not yet fully purple. Probably born last spring.

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An uncommon blue headed vireo.

A few flying things on my walk at Circle B Bar Reserve in early February.

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Just hanging around

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Another fun morning watching the orangutans playing at Lowry Park zoo.

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The “Dead Tree” trail at Honeymoon Island

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Over the years Honeymoon Island state park has had many controlled burns on the trail. It keeps the area from over growing and keeps uncontrolled fires from getting out of hand such as a lightning strike. Most of the trees grow back but a few of them along the trail are dead. They leave the trees up to keep the park in a natural state. Many of the dead trees have osprey, owl or woodpecker nests. It gives the park a different eery feel.

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At the same park is a beautiful beach. The morning I was there in late January it was cloudy and windy. The beach was almost empty except for a few shell collectors. It was fun to see the beach in a different light.

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It was too windy and choppy to kayak. They were all stacked up waiting for a sunny day.

Even a dark, cloudy, windy, cold morning at the beach is still a great morning.

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Everyone loves a baby

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I went back to Lowry Park zoo to get another look at the baby tiger. I got there as soon as the zoo opened and the cub was just coming out to play. It was a cool morning and mom and baby were running all over the place playing. The baby was very interested in the pile of leaves. I stayed for a while watching kids go crazy over seeing the tigers running around.

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A new bird and some old ones

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I finally made it down to Fort Desoto to see the smooth billed ani. This counts as a new bird for me.  I had seen the grooved billed ani at Boyd Hill Park back in 2011.  The smooth billed had spent a while at the park during the holidays but I wasn’t able to get down there until January. He wasn’t too hard to find. Just look for the group of people staring at it.

Above is the groove bill ani. They look exactly the same except for the bill.

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This was only the 2nd time I had seen a lark sparrow. One was hanging out near the same spot as the ani. This one spent the morning feeding on the ground.

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A kestrel high up in a tree.

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This snowy egret has a shrimp. He was fishing along the shoreline next to the pier.

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The pelican clan hanging out on the jetty.

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Some small things on the beach. A mangrove taking root and a small fiddler crab.

Fort Desoto in mid-January.

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Red things in the water at Fort Desoto

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It’s always fun to see Red breasted mergansers swimming around near the shore line at Fort Desoto. They are always bobbing for fish and stay busy preening themselves.  There were several swimming around in a shallow lagoon near the north beach.

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Then the reddish egret photo bombed my shot of the red breasted mergansers diving. He was strutting around like “Hey why are you taking pictures of those ducks when you could be taking pictures of me?”

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Then I started taking pictures of the reddish egret.

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And a tricolored heron photo bombed my last shot of the reddish egret.

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Another episode of “Being a Tourist on the Beach”

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I rarely go to Clearwater Beach anymore.  It’s very crowded and cost a fortune to park, if you can get a parking spot. Although, it is fun to go over every once in while to see what’s going on.  Right after I picked up my sister from the airport we headed over to the beach to walk around. She had not been in several years.  We were hoping to get a good sunset but dark clouds had moved in.  I guess the weather had kept most people indoors because it wasn’t too crowded the Tuesday before Christmas. It was fun walking around the beach and marina.

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Pretty zoo birds

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All pretty birds at the Lowry Park Zoo.

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I noticed one of the eagles that live at the zoo was high up in a tree. Both are permanently injured. He climbs and hops his way up the tree since he is missing part of his wing.

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Pretty sights at the zoo.

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