On the beach at Fort Desoto

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The usual things you see on the beach at Fort Desoto Park.

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Ducks and geese at Crescent Lake Park

DSC_2634 DSC_2652Why was the muscovy duck in the tree?  Looking for bugs?  A place to nest?

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After a long rain, the ducks were taking a bath in a puddle in the street.

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A few of the geese at the lake. The one hiding was sitting on eggs.

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Baby moorhens at all ages.

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A distinguished face.

The muscovy ducks and geese are very aggressive at Crescent Lake Park. People have been feeding them for years so they are all very fat and happy. I stay far away and take pictures with my zoom lens. If you get too close without food, they will attack. If they have babies, they will attack.  If they are napping, they will attack. Lesson here is to stay away from the wildlife.

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Tiny flying things at Lettuce Lake Park

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Prothonotary warblers nest at this park so you can usually find a few around the boardwalk.

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Creepy wasp nest.

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Butterflies and a dragonfly along the boardwalk.

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A very  young bird. I think this is a blue gray gnatcatcher. I’ve heard they nest near the nature center here.

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A titmouse being cute as usual.

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Stuff in the swamp

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Saw this gator chomping on a fish.

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Pretty green lizards.

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Another reason to stay away from the squirrels. The bottom pictures shows a big sore near his back.  This is a botfly bite. I won’t gross you out with the details. It doesn’t kill the squirrels but is probably just very itchy and annoying.  Eventually it should heal. I see these sores a lot on the squirrels in the summer.

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A fancy lunch left over by the limpkins.

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I think this is some type of cicada. He was making a lot of  noise for such a tiny bug.

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Pretty in the swamp.

All from a July walk at Lettuce Lake Park.

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I am my own rubber ducky.

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I caught this white duck taking a bath recently at Lake Morton. When you think about it, don’t you take a bath all of the time when you spend most of your time on water?  How dirty can you be? He looked like he was having fun.

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Summer nights in Tampa

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I peaked out the window and saw some dark clouds moving in. I grabbed my phone and ran out to the backyard.  I kept hearing crashing coming from the front yard so I ran around to the front and got the shot of the lightning. The night storms have been crazy lately in the beginning of August.

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The next night I drove home in pouring rain and by the time I got home the sky looked like the above in the backyard.

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On the way home from work I stopped at a parking deck right off the bridge to take the above.  Looking towards downtown Tampa, it was beautiful blue skies. When I turned around, the big storm was moving across the bay. I had just driven through that.

All of the above were taking with my phone.

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Things that grow on trees and trees that grow on things.

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I recently started to notice all of the random things that grow on trees that I don’t think were originally part of the tree. Lots of moss, lichen, fungus and vines using them to survive on.  Some things are weird, like the white blob that looks like a big cotton ball. Does anyone know what that is?  These were all taken at Chesnut Park.

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Then there are trees that grow on things.  There are several trees right along the boardwalk that have molded themselves into the railing.

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A few birds at Chesnut Park

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The usual titmouse were all over the park.

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Cardinal families were all over the park. Lots of very young ones born this spring. The young ones look scruffy with their adult feathers coming in.

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There were also Carolina wrens everywhere.

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The best find was the great crested flycatcher families. I saw two different ones at opposite ends of the park.  Both had juveniles that didn’t quite have their adult feathers in. I don’t see these often. They stayed high up in the trees and don’t get close to look for a handout like the resident birds do.

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More cute baby ducks

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Crescent Lake Park near downtown St. Petersburg had lots of duck families in late June. There were several muscovy families as well as a few mallard families and one white duck with an orange baby.

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Busy Saturday morning at the fishing pier.

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The usual stuff at the Fort Desoto fishing pier.  Dolphins swimming by. Egrets stealing bait fish. A kid getting exciting over touching a fish for the first time. The young osprey are now eating their meals on the light posts on the pier.

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