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My annual trip to Gatorland to see the babies.

These are all great egret babies at various ages. I took a road trip over to Orlando for my annual visit to see the birds nesting in the bird rookery at Gatorland. The big lake at the park has a … Continue reading

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An afternoon walk on the fishing pier

There were not many birds on the beach near the pier.  A few laughing gulls and this lone black bellied plover. Looks like this is a couple of laughing gulls flirting. The rare hybrid great blue heron/great egret made an … Continue reading

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Hoo’s in the park in the spring?

A baby great horned owl growing up in a park near where I live. The baby has such curious expressions. He was hiding high up in a tree. At some point he woke up and moved over to the shade. … Continue reading

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White and bright

There’s a small flock of white pelicans that spend their winters at Lake Morton in central Florida. I think they may stay there all year round now. They have become acclimated to having a lot of people around since this … Continue reading

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Beautiful “ugly ducklings”

Sometimes things just work out. I was heading home after a long walk at Circle B Bar Reserve and decided to stop by Lake Morton near downtown Lakeland for a quick walk around the small lake. I was hoping to … Continue reading

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“Fly like an eagle”

Boy, those baby eagles grow up fast.  I didn’t get to see them for a few weeks and now they are sitting up looking like a grown up. The oldest one was flapping his wings pretty hard but wasn’t getting … Continue reading

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Love is in the air.

It’s that time of the year. The laughing gulls are all pairing up and flirting. There’s a lot of squabbling going on and 3’s a crowd when it comes to the gulls. I walked out to a quiet section of … Continue reading

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A cute baby goat!

Some very young chickens were out running around feeding on the main path. A peacock was showing off. Strutting around. Creepy but pretty lizard. I got to pet the “not quite week old” baby goat. Me and the other kids. … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day

This mom had only one baby to feed. This mom had 3 little screaming mouths to feed. The baby great egrets were very loud. Both parents were busy flying in with fish to feed the babies. The adult swallows the … Continue reading

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Those crazy green clowns at Fort Desoto

I recently spent some time watching the wild Nanday parakeets at Fort Desoto. Not on purpose of course, I was looking for little song birds that were migrating through. You can’t miss these guys. They fly in screaming. They landed … Continue reading

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