I pulled into the parking lot at Largo Nature Preserve and these guys were hanging out in the tree right over my car. If your choice in Florida is parking in the shade and risking bird poop on your car or parking in the sun, you park in the shade.
The tricolored heron was flitting around the boardwalk. I think he was trying to catch dragonflies.
I don’t see red ones often.
This guy was sleeping in the tree but woke up to scratch an itch.
I was excited to see the fuzzy baby limpkin.
Mom was feeding him apple snails. Mom would pull the meat out of the snail with the end of her beak and give to the baby. By the time I found them it was almost noon and the sun was harsh. I didn’t stay long. It was time for me to head home for lunch as well.
Baby ducks were everywhere on my walk around Carillon Park after work in late April. It looks like those baby moorhens were sitting on cotton in the first picture but that is some kind of algae growing in the lake.
There was also a limpkin trying to feed 2 little babies.
A few of the other birds on my walk. A yellowlegs, a parrot eating something high in a tree and an anhinga with a snack.
I still haven’t seen any news on this great blue heron nest. A while ago there was a great blue heron always sitting on the nest for weeks. Then it was abandoned. Weeks later when I was there, I saw this great blue heron looking around. So are they trying again? They’ve had babies in this nest for several years now.
I found the limpkin family again on this trip but they were further away from the trail. The babies were growing up so fast. They now look like the parent, only smaller.
Northern Parulas were all along the trail but they stayed high up in the trees.
A green heron prowling around in the muck.
A glossy ibis doing the same thing.
The dragonflies were out.
A few crawling critters were out on the trail.
Just a few things I saw on my walk in mid-March at Circle B Bar Reserve.