On the trail at Circle B Bar Reserve

Great egrets and spoonbills were in the air and in the muck.

Bittern, limpkin, anhinga and wood stork on the trail.

A house wren hiding in the bushes.

Coot with cool feet.

A kingfisher actually sitting still.

Purple gallinule eating something yucky.

Lots of activity in late March at Circle B Bar Reserve but nothing unusual.

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A foggy morning at Circle B Bar Reserve

 

The reserve was covered in fog when I first walked out on the trails in early March. I could hear the sandhill cranes calling out but could not see them very well.

After the fog lifted, I saw several on my walk.

Spider webs blanketed the trails.

The usual residents.

A bittern close to the trail.

It can look dark and foggy early in the morning but it doesn’t stay that way long in early spring in central Florida.

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More people than birds.

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A common yellowthroat hiding in the bushes.

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A Carolina wren singing away in the morning.

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A bittern hiding in the swamp. Shout out to Peter and Capt. Jake for finding this guy. Don, where were you?  You missed out on this one.

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A black vulture and a turkey vulture hanging out together.

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One of the many “Osprey” trees along Alligator Alley trail.

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The baby great blue heron is almost grown up.

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The parent was still watching over him.

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The baby was still getting excited when the parents came to visit.  He was still getting fed by them.

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I’m starting to see dragonflies everywhere.

A quick visit to Circle B Bar Reserve in mid-March. I think there were more people than birds on the trails. It’s that time of the year when big groups of bird watchers descend on the park. They move a lot slower and I’m sure they see a lot more birds than I do. Most of the time they are seeing they with binoculars or scopes so I usually can’t get a shot of what they are looking at. I usually try to keep moving. It all started with getting exercise so I try to get in a good long walk on the weekends.Seeing the wildlife is a bonus.

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My first 2015 baby bird.

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Birds look so different from a front view. This great blue heron looks like he wants to give me a kiss.

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This is how we usually see them.

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Peak a boo under mom. My first baby of the year. He’s probably a week old here.  He only peaked out for a second.  I have since heard there are two babies.

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Across the trail, an eagle was watching us take pictures of the baby great blue heron.

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Blue winged teal ducks taking a nap.

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Tiny gator smiling.

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Green heron in a green swamp.

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Bittern hiding in the reeds.

A few critters on a recent walk at Circle B Bar Reserve. Nothing new but it was fun seeing the baby heron. My first baby of 2015.

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Early morning spoony flyover.

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American bittern hiding in the alligator flag plant.

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Here comes a sandhill crane couple.

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Anhinga with a fish.

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Typical Florida shot. Snowy egret in the trees.

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This is a juvenile something. I’m thinking an indigo bunting. There had been bunting sightings in the area but I didn’t see any adults. Any ideas?

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Phoebe high up in a tree with a snack.

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Bye, bye.

The usual stuff at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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