Baby ducks were everywhere on my walk around Carillon Park after work in late April. It looks like those baby moorhens were sitting on cotton in the first picture but that is some kind of algae growing in the lake.
There was also a limpkin trying to feed 2 little babies.
A few of the other birds on my walk. A yellowlegs, a parrot eating something high in a tree and an anhinga with a snack.
Two very young green herons were waiting for mom to come back with food. They were standing on the boardwalk rail. As soon as they saw mom come into the bushes they hopped back on the branches and headed deep in the bush to get fed.
A common moorhen family. There were at least 6 families along the ponds.
Young grackles and their parents were along the boardwalk.
The usual birds along the boardwalk, a blue jay, an osprey eating a fish on top of one of the office buildings and one of the many anhingas.
A walk around Carillon Park after work in early May.
A kildeer couple at the back pond. This is the first time I’ve seen kildeer here.
Mossy turtle drying off.
Tons of bunnies along the running path.
The bell tower in the middle of an office park.
When I got closer to the bell tower, I realized there was an osprey nest on top of it.
Heading over the lake.
Must be looking for dinner.
I stopped by Carillon Park after work for a walk around the lakes (or just really big ponds). Tons of people jogging and dog walking. I don’t get out before dark much anymore after work so this was a treat to get out.
I realized as he flew off he was banded. I could not make out the numbers on either picture.
Another palm warbler.
Yellow rumped warblers are starting to show up.
Stretching out on the floating pad in the pond.
The cormorants rule the boardwalk.
A tiny turtle soaking up some sun.
Another one on a log.
Blue jay with a nut from a palm tree.
This was the first time I have walked around the trail and boardwalk at Carillon park on a Saturday morning. Since it’s so close to work I usually only go after work in the summer. It’s usually packed with joggers and walkers. It was quiet this morning and weird to be there on a Saturday since it’s surrounded by office buildings. I went looking for an albino coot that had been reported there everyday for a week. Of course, by the time I get there, he’s gone. Maybe he was just close by and will come back over before winter is over.
I stopped by the lake close by work for a quick walk before the rain came down. Half way around the lake I saw this black necked stilt.
He stopped for a rest.
A few feet over in the mud, there was another stilt with 3 babies.
They must have only been a few days old.
I sat on the grass behind a tree and watched them for a few minutes. The parent started to doze off and the kids were running around exploring.
The lake was pretty dry and the babies were far out. These are all extremely cropped with my 300mm lens.
Look at those muddy feet!
The other parent flew in for a few minutes then took off again.
Then he was back again after flying half way around the lake.
Why does this parent have 6 legs? Two of the babies were hiding underneath.
One of the babies ventured back out and started walking around again.
Then the other baby came out but stayed close to the parent.
I sat behind the tree for about half an hour and then the sun was going down behind the buildings. The joggers and dog walkers probably thought I was crazy. They didn’t realize I could see these tiny babies across the lake. I hope all 3 of them make it. There are alligators in this lake and hawks flying overhead. My plan is to check back in a few weeks.