A walk around Davis Islands yacht basin

So many different things to see around the tip of Davis Islands where the small airport and yacht basin ends the island.  From tiny boats, really big boats and tug boats the variety can keep you busy watching the sights all morning.

In one corner of the island, there’s a small dog beach next to the private airport. There wasn’t many dogs on the beach early one recent Saturday morning. I think it was just too hot. Even the water was warm.

I think this is my favorite. This sailboat had a handmade boat lift for it’s own rowboat.

A hot Saturday morning in late July.

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Growing up at the zoo

I went back to the zoo in late June to see how the wild baby blue herons were doing. While most of them were almost all grown up, there were a few that had just been born.  All of these are young little blue herons, all from a few days old to 6 weeks old.  They will turn blue after their first full molt in about a year. The blue herons nest in the bushes over the alligator’s exhibit at the zoo. It’s funny to watch them at that crazy phase. The older ones were just starting to flap their wings.

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Largo Nature Preserve

Little critters. The little critters in the 2nd shot are making more little critters.

A sleepy night heron and a green heron standing at attention.

A couple of grackles having words.

Some juvenile grackles waiting to be fed.

Young moorhens.

Making more young moorhens.

I’ve been seeing bunnies everywhere.

The river is starting to choke up with the above plant.

A few things from my walk at Largo Nature Preserve in late June.

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Yellow rubber duckies in the neighborhood

I spotted this Mom with her babies in the grass along the pond in my neighborhood.


I sat down on the sidewalk and watched them for a while. They were not shy. People in the neighborhood feed the ducks here so they were looking for a handout.

One of the other muscovy ducks kept an eye on me. Maybe the father?  What a distinguished face he has.

Another family on the other side of the pond. This mom has a white face with only 3 babies.

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Fun flying faces

Red bellied woodpecker

Carolina chickadees

Yellow crowned night heron

My favorite little titmouses.

A young mockingbird

Northern parula

Osprey flyby

Juvenile little blue heron in a sea of green and purple.

Curious baby great horned owls from high up in a pine tree.

A few birds in June at Chesnut Park.

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Bright colors in the summer

Things are always blooming in central Florida. Taken in early June.

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Birds, Bunnies and Squirrels, Oh My!

There were lots of bunnies running around the Botanical Gardens.

This young moorhen ran across the sidewalk in front of me.  Soon the rest of the family followed. They were heading for the tiny pond with the fountain in it.

They were cooling off under the fountain. I really wanted to jump in there with them.

The common green heron.

The squirrels were chowing down.

A few monk parakeets flew in to a tree right over my head.

An almost grown osprey was screaming the entire time I was at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.  The nest is high up in a utility tower and the screaming echoed all over the gardens. He was probably screaming for the parents to bring him food and the parents were waiting for him to finally get off the nest and get his own food.

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The punk bird

I recently stopped by Chesnut Park for a quick walk after work. It was very quiet at the park. Not many people there. I found this pileated woodpecker hanging around one of the parking lots. He was bouncing around from tree to tree and stopped and posed for me a few times. I just sat on the ground and watched him for a while.  Eventually another woodpecker came calling over head and he took off.  I think these guys deserve the “Coolest bird” category with their punk mohawk.

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Babies and an eagle

Wood duck babies are so cute. I found this little family at a hidden pond at the Largo Botanical Gardens in May.

After walking around the gardens, I headed over to Largo Nature Preserve and found this baby limpkin following Mom under the boardwalk.

I was staring at this turtle that was sitting just underneath the below.

A bald eagle was sitting on a utility tower in the park. I don’t think anyone else walking by noticed the eagle just sitting up there.

I was taking pictures of the colors of the high plants across the creek and looked down and saw these guys staring up at me like “Feed us.”

All taken back in late April.

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“Farm living is the life for me”

I’m having fun hanging out with the farm animals. Having not grown up around them, I find them interesting. With that said, it’s fun to watch them for a while and then go home to my house near the city in Tampa. I’m not sure if I would love them if I had to do the chores that go with keeping them.   These were all from my trip to Sweetfields Farm north of Tampa one Sunday morning in late May.

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