Lots of cormorants cruising across Lake Morton.
Cleaning up for the ladies. It’s nesting time around the lake.
Seven swans a sleeping?
Posing for me.
“Got a cigarette lady” Talk about timing. I was taking pictures with my long lens of the swan preening far out in the lake when I heard a noise right in front of me on the edge of the lake and saw these two getting frisky. I pulled my phone out of my pocket and snapped these. More baby swans coming around the lake.
Beautiful wood ducks hiding under the cypress trees.
Baby black swans staying close to their parents.
White pelicans were preening and stretching.
A lone goose with a striking face and beak. There use to be a lot of geese around this lake but I only found 2 on a trip in late February.
I stopped by a park in mid-February to check on the owls that nest there every year. They had been sitting on eggs for a while but I wasn’t sure of the exact days. No sign of a baby yet but I found both of the parents. Mom was far down in the nest and I could just barely see the tops of her ears. Dad was sitting close by. It was late in the day and he was just waking up from a long nap.
He took off and flew to a tree nearby and was sitting out in the open. He started hooting. I realized that they don’t hoot with their beaks open but the white part of their chest fluffs up from the vibration. It was cool to sit quietly in the woods right before dark and watch him hoot.
I realized the moon was coming up way off across the bay. After a few minutes he took off heading towards the moon.
Mom was still hiding in that big tree as the sun went down.
Usual birds at Chesnut Park including that juvenile bald eagle that cruised by overhead. That hawk was sitting on a swing on the playground but unlucky for him there were no kids there that early in the morning for him to grab!
The titmouse showing off their fun personality.
Gators everywhere in central Florida. I think those two little ones on the bottom were trying keep warm on this chilly morning.
Where the birds sing at Chesnut Park.
Every couple of weeks we visit Brett’s aunt Lena that lives in a nursing home. The property is really nice and includes a small duck pond. We take her around the pond and sit on the bench watching the ducks swim around. I recently saw a redhead duck there all alone among the mallards.
These four ducks always stay close together.
Someone has been feeding them because as soon as we sat down, they came out of the water and right up to us. They were looking for a snack which we didn’t have. Other than the one that kept banging on my shoe when I wasn’t looking, they were pretty docile. All of these were taken with my phone.
Things up in the trees along the boardwalk at Lettuce Lake Park.
You can usually find several night herons in the swamp.
The view from the tower above, taken with my phone. It always makes me feel like I’m somewhere else other than close to downtown Tampa when I’m standing up here.
Looking into the swamp from the boardwalk. There’s gators hiding in there somewhere.
At the end of the boardwalk, the HIllsborough river floats by and turns the corner.
Under the trees along the trail, it was quiet early in the morning. I had the trail all to myself
A beautiful morning out at Fort Desoto. Out on Outback Key, you can see St. Pete beach far off in the distance. That big pink hotel (Don CeSar) really stands out.
Rush hour traffic on the water.
Usual birds around the fishing pier. A ruddy turnstone, loggerhead shrike and a ring billed gull with just a touch of orange around his eye.
TOTO, the banded oystercatcher, was there in his usual spot.
His mate was close by looking for food.
A nice cool morning for a walk on the beach at Fort Desoto in February. Sadly now this is more important than every, just being outside. Yesterday Brett and I went to the beach just to be outside since everything else is closed. Even the zoo is closed (although the keepers will still be there taking care of the animals). I’m working at home for the next few weeks and I’m sure the walls will start closing in. I’m going to try and walk in the neighborhood after work each night to get out. Hope everyone stays sane out there. Thanks for stopping by and let me know how you are coping.