Not this normal cormorant, but I was wondering what those guts were next to his wing. Someone’s unfinished lunch.
The above beautiful bird is a hybrid of a great blue heron and a great egret. A great bird indeed. He has the body of a great blue heron and legs and face of a great egret. He’s been hanging around the fishing pier for at least 2 years. He’s famous with the locals and I call him “Harry, the Hybrid”. Although now, he’s been spotted at 2 places at the same time so people are now thinking there are more than one. He must have a sibling.
A regular ole great egret with green breeding feathers around his beak.
Out at east beach, the sun had long come up over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
I saw the famous green winged teal from the street as he was floating along the shoreline with his girlfriend.
He climbed out of the water and seemed comfortable with several people standing there watching him. It’s pretty rare to see a green winged teal in central Florida, even in the winter. This couple must have stopped by for a rest on their way back north for the summer. Word got out quickly that they were there and I was able to get over to Lake Morton several days later. There’s a lot of foot traffic around this lake since so many people come to feed the ducks, geese and swans. Feeding stations line the lake so you can buy food for them but I think most people bring their own which is usually not good for them.
As in most ducks, the female is not as striking as the male.
They eventually headed under a tree and settled down for nap.
Brett and I spend a long weekend near Hollywood Beach visiting relatives. When we got back to the hotel to change before dinner I looked out the window and noticed this palm tree had bloomed. I realized there were tons of bees buzzing around it and grabbed my camera to try to get some shots of them.
As I was trying to focus on the bees through the window, I noticed several green lizards also on the tree. It looked like they were drinking the sap. We were on the 4th floor so they had climbed up pretty high.
I stood there for a while watching the bees and the lizards buzzing all over this palm tree, right on a busy street. It was hard to get clear shots through the dirty window but it was fun trying.