I caught the barred owl just waking up from his morning nap at Circle B Bar Reserve in early March.
An osprey hovering close to the trail.
My favorite tree twins in the middle of the lake. Here it still was missing it’s leaves. Bald cypress trees lose their leaves in the winter here in central Florida.
The sun was already high up in the air by the time I walked down Marsh Rabbit Run.
A quiet early walk at Circle B Bar Reserve.
I could barely make out this barred owl high above me in a tree. A few seconds later he flew off farther into the woods, chasing after Mom.
Later I was walking the back boardwalk and heard a weird howl. I was looking high up in the trees thinking it was an injured squirrel but couldn’t find anything. Then I looked straight out into the swamp and the juvenile owl was sitting right in front of me. He’s still got baby fuzz around his head. I couldn’t find Mom but I’m sure she was somewhere close by.
Nearby was a squirrel with a snack.
Not many birds around in early August.
I had heard there were twin fawns at the park. After looking all morning I saw them for a second deep in woods.
A doe resting near the boardwalk.
Pink and green on the trees after the rain.
This was our first trip to this park, just outside of Naples,Florida. It has trails and boardwalks that goes through a swamp in central Florida. I was hoping there would be more birds here since it was the end of April and spring migration was still going on but the boardwalk was pretty quiet.
One cool thing about the park was all of the old trees which kept the boardwalk shaded.
It wouldn’t be a swamp with alligators but it was fun seeing the otter near the boardwalk.
Views from the boardwalk taken with my phone.
After the park, Brett and I left Naples behind and headed home to Tampa. I wanted to take some pictures of the Sunshine Skyway bridge as we drove over but the love bugs were so bad that our windshield was covered in them. The funny thing is that our car wasn’t nearly as bad as other cars and vans that had come from much farther south. Of course, Brett washed the car as soon as we got home.
The Flamingo Gardens near Ft. Lauderdale takes in a lot of permanently injured animals to live their lives out here. As I was walking around the aviary this pelican came right up to me as if to say “Come hang out with me.”. It looked like he had an injured wing.
A barred owl with a missing eye.
A few other birds in the aviary.
The white pelicans had very distinctive faces.
The pelicans were nesting and swimming around.
A pretty cattle egret posing for me.
All taken in the permanent injured aviary.
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Mom was napping close to the trail.
The barred owl twins were close by, very curious about everything. They were checking out every bird, butterfly or bee that came by. They were only a short time away from fledging, days or maybe a week.
A ruby throated hummingbird was sitting on a nest near the nature center. It looked like a bug sitting on top of a golf ball with the naked eye.
The squirrels were being their usual cute selves.
A walk through Lettuce Lake Park in late March.
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.
Not everyone gets to see a barred owl up close. At the zoo you can although I zoomed in on his face to get closer. Mr. Sleepy is permanently injured and lives at the zoo.
Above are some of the parrots that get to fly around the zoo in the mornings.
Pretty lorikeet in the aviary.
“Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” goes the old saying. She was feeding him something. Still, I’d be a little nervous doing that.
Another Mr. Sleepy, it’s rare to see a koala bear moving around during the day. I caught this one stretching.
Creepy critters behind glass.
Injured manatees recuperating at the hospital at the zoo.
Fun at the zoo in late July.
The barred owls have been hanging out next to the parking lot for a while now.
The reserve is full of green herons. They are now a usual suspect.
Along with male anhingas showing off.
And the glossy ibis sparkling in the sun are a dime a dozen.
The cute pied grebes aren’t as skittish as they use to be.
There’s always snowy egrets in a body of water.
Now I see purple gallinules every time I walk Alligator Alley trail.
Even a great blue heron baby in the nest during spring is common here.
Seeing a bald eagle somewhere in the park is pretty common, even if its way up high half hidden in a cypress tree.
But I still love walking the trails at Circle B Bar Reserve and seeing all of the above every time I’m here. Even when it gets crowded on the weekends. I just get there a little earlier and leave before lunch when the crowd starts coming in.
Sleepy barred owl high up in a tree.
A few usuals – black and white warbler, grackle and a cardinal.
A pileated woodpecker taken right into the sun.
A great blue heron flying close over my head.
I saw this hawk eating something that looked like a really big beetle.
The water near the dock is full of these.
A few of my friends came by to say “Hi” while I was at Chesnut Park in late February.