Another episode of “Being a Tourist on the Beach”

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I rarely go to Clearwater Beach anymore.  It’s very crowded and cost a fortune to park, if you can get a parking spot. Although, it is fun to go over every once in while to see what’s going on.  Right after I picked up my sister from the airport we headed over to the beach to walk around. She had not been in several years.  We were hoping to get a good sunset but dark clouds had moved in.  I guess the weather had kept most people indoors because it wasn’t too crowded the Tuesday before Christmas. It was fun walking around the beach and marina.

SkyWatch Friday

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Pretty zoo birds

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All pretty birds at the Lowry Park Zoo.

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I noticed one of the eagles that live at the zoo was high up in a tree. Both are permanently injured. He climbs and hops his way up the tree since he is missing part of his wing.

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Pretty sights at the zoo.

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More fun at the horse farm

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Eating breakfast, very sloooowly!

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Funny faces.

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Pretty faces.

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Crazy rooster in mid-air.

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Color coordinated shelducks.

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The prettiest guy there. (He knows it too.)

Spent a Sunday afternoon at Horsepower for Kids hanging out with the fowl.

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Babies at the zoo.

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It’s rare to see the mom and baby orangutan this close to the glass. The baby was very entertained by pressing her face up to the glass.

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Everyday activities for the orangutans.

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The baby chimp was out playing by herself.

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The two baby elephants are finally growing up.

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I went back to Lowry Park zoo early on a Sunday morning to see the baby tiger cub.  The baby was not out that morning so the dad was out alone having a snack. He seemed to be enjoying it. He kept showing it off.

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Looking for a bird

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I spent an early Saturday morning looking for a smooth billed ani. I eventually found it but while I was looking around the crazy Nanday parakeets came flying into a tree near the area. I could hearing them screaming as they were flying in from across the field.

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I walked over near the tree and these three above were busy preening each other. I guess three’s not a crowd.

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Some of theme were hanging around.

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Off in the distance I could see birds out on a sandbar.

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The field near the parakeets were full of cactus.

More on the smooth billed ani later.

SkyWatch Friday

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Play date with the deer

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We had a short cold spell in early January.  I was tempted to stay in bed under the covers but since I was already awake I bundled up and braved the 50 degree weather (don’t laugh)!! There were only a few people there so the deer were out playing in the open grass areas near the parking lot. I was in my car pretty far away to fit them all in so they barely paid any attention to me.

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They started running and chasing each other and looked like they were playing. All I got were the blurry pictures above. A few minutes after the above shot some people came by walking their dogs and the deer all took off into the woods. I needed to get out and walk the trails anyway. It was a great 10 minute start to the day.

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My favorite little birds.

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My favorite little titmouse coming to check me out.

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My next favorite blue-gray gnatcatchers. They would be my favorite but they are so annoying the way they don’t sit still for a second.

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Other usual birds at the park: white eyed vireo, cardinal, eastern phoebe, female red winged blackbird and the always present red bellied woodpecker.

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It’s hard to ignore the cute squirrels.

Stuff at Chesnut Park in early January.

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Lots of 4 legged critters

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As I was driving into Circle B Bar Reserve early in the morning, I saw a wild hog family. The little piglets look so cute when they are young.  I stopped the car and rolled down the window and they took off into the brush.

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Little bunny.

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Turtles were everywhere.

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And a big fish!  Is he coming up for air?

Lots of fun critters at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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The Usual Suspects.

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The usual suspects along the trail: pied grebe, sparrow, palm warbler, cardinal, snowy egret and a hawk that looks half asleep.

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This very handsome common yellowthroat was posing nicely for me.

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An osprey bringing home padding for the nest.

The usual things at Circle B Bar Reserve in early January.

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Blue and purple alien life form on this planet.

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It feels a little early for mating season but since we’ve had warm weather this winter the birds are getting busy.  On the island in the middle of the pond at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, the pelicans were building nests and doing some extreme flirting. Most of these pelicans are injured. You can see in the last picture the pelican is missing one of his wings.  Most of these injuries are due to getting caught in fishing wire.

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I did notice a very tiny bald head under one of the pelicans. The pelican above had 3 babies that had just hatched under her wing.

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A few times the parent got up to stretch and we were able to see the babies a little better. They must have been only one day old if that. They looked like little blue aliens.

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It was a busy morning for them as they were trying to feed, nest and bath all together.

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Looks like they were having fun splashing around.

The pelican island at the wildlife park is a safe place for these injured pelicans to live. The babies that they have can grow up and fly away whenever they are ready. We were lucky to have been there on a warm day right when the first of the babies were born. By now these guys are almost fully grown. Soon Mom will be an empty nester again.

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