They get no respect

There was a small fish kill on the lake due to the freeze we had for several nights in January. Even thought it got just below freezing here, the fish aren’t use to the cold and there was a small amount of fish floating near the trail per the last picture. The clean up crew (vultures) at Circle B Bar Reserve moved in quickly and were dragging the dead fish up on the trail and feasting away the weekend I was there. They didn’t even bother to move as we walked down the trail.  Just kept eating.

The trees were full of fat and happy vultures.

Several alligators were up on the trail. The vultures didn’t move away when the alligators came up.

This was Momma pig right before she had her babies when she was hanging around the nature center. She walked by so close I could only get her face in. She has since had a litter. More on that to come.

The barred owls were still hiding under the palm tree in mid January. They have since moved to the nest in the hole in the tree.

Vultures are usually plentiful at Circle B Bar Reserve but in mid January the place was covered in them.  They were in the trees all along Marsh Rabbit Run Trail and along the trail feasting on the dead fish. The smell was a little ripe in some places but they were busy cleaning up the place. I went back several weeks later and there was no sign of any dead fish.

More of the same

A red shoulder hawk greets me as I walk on the trail. Right after I shot the hawk, an eagle flies high over my head.

A snowy egret skimming along the marsh and a great blue heron posing.

I think this is a female indigo bunting. I had heard there were buntings in this part of the trail but I didn’t see any male blue ones.  Any confirmation?

One of the many sparrows that hangs out at the intersection of Heron Hideout trail and Eagles Roost trail. Not sure if it’s a Savannah or Swamp,

This little lady flew right in front of me and landed on the tiny stick. She sat there forever.

More black bellied whistling ducks in the marsh.

Same ole gators along the trail.

From my early November visit to Circle B Bar Reserve.

Linking to Wednesday Around the World

Blending in

The yellow flowers were blooming again. From across the lake, I could see the alligator swimming around.

I’m not sure what was going on with these 2. The great egret let the alligator get pretty close. The alligator looked like he was ready to take a bite. He finally slid back down under the water and left the egret alone.

I caught this great blue heron with a fish in the bushes along the lake.

It looks like all of the alligators were trying to blend in.

A fun morning walk at Circle B Bar Reserve.

Our World Tuesday Graphicimage-in-ing

Safe and sound on the boardwalk

Alligators have been in the press a lot lately with either attacks or sightings of a very large one. Yes, they are everywhere here. If there’s a small body of water, there a big chance there is one in there even though you can’t see it. I grew up coming to the Tampa Bay area to visit my grandparents. I never saw any wild alligators but I knew about them. We spent most of our time on the beaches anyway. My first time seeing one in the wild was at work when I first moved to Tampa. I looked out the window and one was sitting on the grass in the parking lot. Now I’ve gotten use to seeing them. I rarely see them move though. When I’m at Gatorland taking pictures of the wild baby birds, the alligators are active and swim around make their grunting noises. I’m up on an elevated fenced in boardwalk so I’m not too concerned. But look at those happy grins, don’t you just want to pet one??

Circle of Life.  Sometimes the birds get to close or to comfortable being too close and they become lunch. Hey, gators gotta eat too.