Late one afternoon in mid-February I hopped on my bike and took a spin around the neighborhood. My first stop was the eagle’s nest to see if I could see the babies yet (No, not yet) and then was stopping at all of the ponds to see what else I could find. I came across a sandhill crane couple walking along the golf course near the road. I stopped for a few minutes and watched them as they headed for the back of the golf club.
Today was alligator day in the neighborhood. Four of the ponds I stopped at had alligators snoozing along the bank. Alligators are everywhere in central Florida, if there’s water there is an alligator in there, even if you can’t see him. They are pretty skittish and would jump in the water if I started heading down the grass (no, I would never do that though). If you live here you know to stay away from the edge and keep your pets away as well.
A black crowned night heron snoozing over one of the ponds.
It was a warm afternoon and this great blue heron was already panting from the heat.
I see this great blue heron almost everyday near the entrance to my subdivision. He’s got his pretty breeding colors on his face. I kept hoping to see a nest nearby and if there is one it’s hiding far down the creek.
Far across the utility field I could see some nanday parakeets.
The sun was going down on my way home.
You have brought a whole new meaning to the term “Neighborhood Watch”!
That’s a lot of wildlife to watch. Very nice series.
Wonderful photos. You make me homesick for Florida.
That was quite a bike ride.
We don’t have alligators but we do have great blue herons.
Such a sweet shot of the birds on a wire, and how lucky it would be to fly off from any nearby alligator.
Love the blue heron.
It would take me a while to get used to alligators in my neighborhood! That’s a pretty sunset.