On the dock at Lake Hancock – Skywatch Friday

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Snowy egret hanging on some reeds.

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A great egret flies close to the dock looking for fish.

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I guess he was looking for fish.

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He was hovering over the water. I never did see him catch anything.

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An osprey flies close by.

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White pelicans were still floating in the big lake in early May.

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A cormorant drying out in the trees.

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A limpkin family was down the trail.

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They had two babies.

Just a few things along Alligator Alley trail at Circle B Bar Reserve. The other main trail was still closed due to alligator mating and babies. Things were winding down at the reserve. Babies were growing up. It was hot but there was a small breeze on the dock coming from the lake. It was a quiet place to hang out for a while before heading back to my car.

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Limpkin explosion!

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Is he smiling? It looks like he’s smiling.

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Limpkin road block on the trail.

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Fuzzy face up close.

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This one was posing in the yellow flowers.

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Another one was creeping around.

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Was the little one hiding under big brother?

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“Where did Mom and Dad go?”

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Another limpkin traffic jam on Marsh Rabbit Run trail. This is one of the big families that had babies late in the summer. The babies were almost the size of the parents but they were still making that baby wheezing noise. Two of them decided to take nap in the middle of the trail. Never mind there were people waiting to get by. They finally headed down into the marsh.

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More limpkins on Alligator Alley trail.

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So many limpkins everywhere at Circle B Bar Reserve. There have been so many babies born here in the last couple of summers. I saw three families on this walk in late December, from the fuzzies above to almost grown up. They are growing up being close to people.  The apple snails, which they eat, are pretty abundant at the park. If the limpkins over populate, will the snails start to disappear? If that happens, will the limpkins move on to other lakes? The constant loud cry of the limpkins can be heard all over the park. It gets on your nerves after a while, especially if you are trying to hear that warbler you thought you heard. It was probably a palm warbler anyway.

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Little to big

DSC_9152The tiniest bird I saw that day. A blue-gray gnatcatcher looking up.

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Not too much bigger is the eastern phoebe. You can usually find them hanging out at the intersection of Marsh Rabbit Run and Heron Hideout.

DSC_9137A little bit bigger, there’s been a kingfisher hanging out in the same corner as the phoebe.

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This early fall, there’s been a purple gallinule family hanging out in the same corner as well.

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Getting bigger, I found these juvenile limpkins hiding in the marsh. They still have some baby fuzz on them.

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A parent was close by watching me.

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The American bitterns are back. This one was hiding in the marsh on Wading Bird Way. Another photog with a keen eye found him.

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Taken right into the sun, the anhinga was flipping his fish.

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“I’m the biggest one here.” says the turkey vulture showing off.

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“Bye, bye” says the ducks as they take off after an eagle flew over them.

Lots of the same ole thing at Circle B Bar Reserve in mid-November.

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