Lots of the same at Chesnut Park

Lots of deer in early January.

Lots of squirrels but that bottom looks a little rough.

Lots of little birds but nothing new.

Red shoulder hawks hiding along the trails.

Eagles flying far away across the lake. Both an adult and a juvenile.

Found these two ducks at a quiet end of a pond. I’m thinking they are pets that got dumped here. Someone left food in a small plastic container. I just hope they know enough to stay away from the gators.

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Big birds up high

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Very young bald eagle soaring up high.

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An adult eagle coming right over my head.

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Across the marsh, I saw another eagle bringing a big branch back to the nest.

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A great egret going by with a snack.

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There’s always a lot of great blue herons flying around on Alligator Alley.

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There’s been a great blue heron sitting on the nest for several weeks now.  This must be the male taking his turn.  Look at that grumpy face.

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An osprey having a snack on the trail.

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Typical Florida shots.

I started going back to Circle B Bar Reserve in early November for the winter. It’s too hot to walk the trails in the summer. There’s been lots of activity going on along the Alligator Alley trail this fall. It’s been so nice to get out for long walks again since the weather has cooled off. The reserve is fairly quiet and hasn’t been too busy so far.

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All grown up.

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It’s rare to see both parents sitting together on this nest.

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The big baby was showing off his wings. The smaller baby stayed hidden behind the big trunk.

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I guess he was practicing his pose.

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At one point one of the parents moved over to the nest.

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Then back over next to his mate.

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I took a walk around the area and of course something happened.

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From across the pond I could see a juvenile eagle trying to invade the nest. The parents were screaming at him and chased him away.

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It could have been last year’s baby coming back for a visit but the parents didn’t want any part of it.

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Things started to settle down so I headed home for lunch.

These were taken in early March.By now the babies are probably flying around and getting ready to leave. We had another great year with this nest. I’m sure the proud parents are ready to head back up north for the summer.

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Quiet morning walk in early April – Skywatch Friday

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A peak down the “closed” trail. Marsh Rabbit Run trail is closed for the summer due to alligator mating season.

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American bittern sneaking up on a frog (or snake).

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Osprey taking off with a clump of tree moss. You would have thought he was working on a nest but he looked like he was trying to eat it. I guess he realized it wasn’t a fish after all.

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All the way across the lake, the happy couple takes in the view.

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Baby moorhens are starting to pop up everywhere.

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Green on green. Dragonflies are becoming more abundant.

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They were all over the trails.

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Very tiny bug.

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This turtle looks like he’s trying to swim out of water.

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The above weeds(?) were everywhere.

Circle B Bar Reserve is starting to quiet down since most of the winter birds have left. Now it’s full of alligators, great egrets and great blue herons. The highlight of the trip was the baby hawks and the new sandhill crane family. More on those later. And soon the mosquitos will take over the park and I’ll be heading to the beaches for my Saturday morning walks.

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Baby eagles all grown up

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A normal sight, the parent watching over the kids.

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A view of both baby eagles on the nest.

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The oldest perched on a big branch. Already looking regal.

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Practicing his takeoff.

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We have lift off!

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He didn’t fly around the afternoon I stopped by in mid-march. He was flapping pretty hard but never officially took off while I was there. By now he’s probably flying pretty high. This was my last stop of the year. I’ll leave them to their soaring and check back next year. It’s great to see both are doing well. Maybe I’ll see them flying over a busy road soon.