After work walk

 A lone sleepy spoonbill along the walking path.

Crazy parrots high up in the trees.

A pelican and anhinga getting ready for bed.

A green heron trying to grab one last bite before dark.

Not sure if these turtles had been napping all day or if they just climbed up to sleep for the night. There’s a fun little floating pad for them to sleep on.

This guy was relaxing.

Clouds rolling in before the sun going down.  A quick walk before dark at the office park near my work right before the time change. No more walks after work until late March.

Our World Tuesday Graphicimage-in-ing: weekly photo linkup

A walk after work

I saw this lone spoonbill at the office park lake near my work. I noticed that his eye looked a little funny and he was banded. It seemed okay, just sleepy.

Not sure what these baby mallards were trying to eat. Just like a baby, everything goes in the mouth.

A moorhen Mom with a few new babies.

Some very young grackles waiting for Mom to come back with food.

A male grackle shining in the sun.

A walk after work

DSC_4692

A baby grackle getting his footing.

DSC_4639

“Ha, Ha, I got weeds stuck on my beak.”

DSC_4636
DSC_4634
DSC_4632

A kildeer couple at the back pond. This is the first time I’ve seen kildeer here.

DSC_4654

Mossy turtle drying off.

DSC_4652

Tons of bunnies along the running path.

bell tower

The bell tower in the middle of an office park.

DSC_4662

When I got closer to the bell tower, I realized there was an osprey nest on top of it.

DSC_4670

Taking off.

DSC_4666

Heading over the lake.

DSC_4671

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.

Skywatch Friday

I’m going to look for a duck.

DSC_8282

“I’m eating over here.” said the spoonbill.

DSC_8283

I realized as he flew off he was banded. I could not make out the numbers on either picture.

DSC_8288

Another palm warbler.

DSC_8301

Yellow rumped warblers are starting to show up.

DSC_8305

Turtle face.

DSC_8309

Stretching out on the floating pad in the pond.

DSC_8310

The cormorants rule the boardwalk.

DSC_8312

A tiny turtle soaking up some sun.

DSC_8319
Another one on a log.

DSC_8325

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.

Check out more pictures at Our World Tuesday Our World Tuesday Graphic

Also, check out more birds at Paying Ready Attention  for 

A walk after work in early July.

DSC_1451

Green heron on the shoreline of the lake.

DSC_1467I’m assuming this cardinal can see himself in the window?  He kept banging on it. Maybe he could see food inside.

DSC_1550
Tricolored heron posing for me.

DSC_1573

A very young grackle.

DSC_1578

A red winged blackbird.

DSC_1477

The black neck stilt couple were still there.

DSC_1481

So were the babies. All three were there and just a little bit bigger than the few weeks before I saw them. They were pretty far out in the reeds.

DSC_1518

Baby duck taking a bath.

DSC_1548
Drying off with his siblings close by.

DSC_1566
I saw 4 baby ducks all together without any parent around. They stayed pretty close to each other. They climbed up on the bank and settled in for the night. Hopefully, a parent found them later.

DSC_1463

Cattails in the water.

An after work walk around the lake near the office.

Check out more pictures at Our World Tuesday  Our World Tuesday Graphic

Also, check out more birds at Paying Ready Attention for 

Babies after work.

DSC_1391

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.

DSC_1375

He stopped for a rest.

DSC_1273

A few feet over in the mud, there was another stilt with 3 babies.

DSC_1255

They must have only been a few days old.

DSC_1382

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.

DSC_1353

The lake was pretty dry and the babies were far out. These are all extremely cropped with my 300mm lens.

DSC_1330

Look at those muddy feet!

DSC_1311

The other parent flew in for a few minutes then took off again.

DSC_1321

Then he was back again after flying half way around the lake.

DSC_1283

Why does this parent have 6 legs?  Two of the babies were hiding underneath.

DSC_1297

One of the babies ventured back out and started walking around again.

DSC_1301

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.

Check out more pictures at Our World Tuesday Our World Tuesday Graphic

Also, check out more birds at Paying Ready Attention for