A stop by Swan Lake during the holidays.

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Which one doesn’t belong?

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Gotta itch!

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Floating through the lily pads.

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Imagine using your mouth to clean your foot.  Or maybe he’s using his foot to clean his mouth?

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Taking a bath.

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Friends hanging out together.

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Lady ruddy duck floating by.

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Time to take down the tree.

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Last one there is a rotten duck.

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“I’m the man!”

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Getting pretty.

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Gulp!

Another stop on the Christmas tourist tour. My sister had not been to Lakeland before to see the swans so we stopped by Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland on our way back from Bok Tower Gardens. The lake was busy with people feeding the ducks, swans and geese so we hung out for a while and enjoyed the day.

Finding fuzzballs around the lake.

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I think that lizard isn’t going to make it.

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I thought all of the winter ducks had gone north by now but this ring necked duck was still hanging around.

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Black swan preening.

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At first glance I didn’t think there were any baby swans yet. All of the moms were sitting down on the nest. Then a swan got up to move around and I could just barely make out the little fuzzballs under her. They still looked wet so they must have been born that morning. It was around lunchtime when I stopped by the lake. She still had two more to hatch.

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One of the little babies was pretty wet and fumbling around.

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Mom was right there watching them. Dad was close by right next to the nest. I took these through the reeds so they are a little fuzzy.

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How cute is that face???

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Across the lake was another new mom.  This nest had 3 eggs and only one has hatched so far.

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I was sitting on the grass and zoomed in on mom’s beak. Yuck. It almost looks like she has tiny teeth.

It feels like spring when the baby animals start popping up everywhere.

Linking up to Saturday’s Critters

Shine the Divine

Swans in the fog

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Swans in the fog.

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Cruising by.

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Gotta itch!

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Another itch!

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Black swan with friends.

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Posing for me.

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Mallard with a hybrid following behind.

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The lake was of ring neck ducks.

The morning I went looking for the bufflehead at Lake Morton was foggy. When I got to the lake I couldn’t see across it the fog was so thick. A few swans came close to the edge of the lake. Luckily the fog lifted fairly quickly and I found the bufflehead so off I went to another park.