Hanging out with some goats at Sweetfield Farms during the Sunflower Festival.
The cows were being lazy.
Pigs are so lucky. They get to eat with their mouths wide open and don’t have to worry about manners. They can snort and grunt and don’t have to take baths. Don’t you wish you were a pig?
The main barn, where you can buy fresh cut flowers and vegetables. The crib in front of the door on the right had baby chicks. I had so much fun at the Sunflower festival that I really didn’t want to leave. But it was hot and I had chores waiting for me back home. They have a pumpkin patch in the fall so I may try to head up there in October (you know, along with everyone else in Tampa with the same idea).
Linking to Wednesday Around the World.
Zooming in on the marabou stork babies at Zoo Tampa (formerly Lowry Park Zoo). They are born looking like old birds. Reminds me of the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button where Benjamin ages in reverse and is born an old person and then turns young. Only these birds look old their entire lives.
A new baby out in the African exhibit staying close to Mom.
The fuzzy white thing is a baby Colobus monkey. So cute and easy to spot. The keeper said that the entire group helps raise the baby so the baby was comfortable moving around with all of them.
A wild baby tricolored heron waiting for Mom to feed it.
Little blue herons that were born weeks earlier over the alligator exhibit.
Wild baby mallards playing in one of the exhibits.
And just for fun, a turtle train.
So many babies born this early spring at Zoo Tampa. It’s fun to watch the kids get excited seeing all of the baby animals.
Cute little chickens hanging around the parking area looking for bugs.
A squrrel trying to steal a snack.
One of the many friendly faces.
I caught the resident deer having a momment.
A hawk flying overhead.
A few of the faces at Horsepower for Kids near my house in late January.
“Gimmi a kiss, lady”.
A fun day at the zoo over Thanksgiving week while my sister was visiting. The young zebra eating while mom was watching over was born last July.
A black and white warbler hiding out in a tree.
Pretty birds and lunch for some of the birds in the aviary. After this appetizing walk through the aviary it was time for us to leave and go have lunch (we opted for salads).
The zoo was decorated for the holiday season.
The animal sanctuary/petting zoo near my house, Horsepower for Kids, has a small pond with a handful of geese (somehow “gaggle” of geese just sounds silly). The one above thought he was “King of the pond” standing on the overturned rowboat.
He (or she) seemed to be very popular. Late October isn’t really nesting season but here in central Florida when it’s 85 degrees I guess all year round is nesting season. It was interesting to watch them interact. A third one was trying to get in on the act.
They were eating mangrove leaves that were growing through the fence.
Not everyone gets to see a barred owl up close. At the zoo you can although I zoomed in on his face to get closer. Mr. Sleepy is permanently injured and lives at the zoo.
Above are some of the parrots that get to fly around the zoo in the mornings.
Pretty lorikeet in the aviary.
“Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” goes the old saying. She was feeding him something. Still, I’d be a little nervous doing that.
Another Mr. Sleepy, it’s rare to see a koala bear moving around during the day. I caught this one stretching.
Creepy critters behind glass.
Injured manatees recuperating at the hospital at the zoo.
Fun at the zoo in late July.