A few more from Flamingo Gardens

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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A walk at Largo Nature Park

Northern shovelers aren’t extremely rare in the Tampa bay area but I haven’t seen any in a long time. There were 2 couples close the edge of the water at Largo Nature Preserve in late January and they didn’t seem to mind me watching them. They look a lot like mallards but have that goofy big square bill.

A snowy egret was looking for food.

A wood stork was taking a break.

A cattle egret with a bright orange bill.

Two ring billed ducks.

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Birds at the “Bar”

Anhingas are like clowns. They have the funniest personalities, that is when they are not half asleep drying their wings out. They sway their head back and forth and honk when you walk by. The males have a black neck and the females have a brown or beige neck. I think that last one was yawning.

Egrets along the trail. A snowy, cattle and a great egret in the last one above.

Other birds along the trail at Circle B Bar Reserve in early January were a limpkin looking for food, a grebe doing his yoga stretch, a glossy ibis glowing in the sun and a hawk looking out over his domain.

And one of the hundreds of blue-gray gnatcatchers.

This little moorhen was walking along the trail with someone.

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Up, Up and Away

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Great egrets flying by.

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It was mid-May and birds were still gathering sticks for nests. All morning long they were flying back and forth from one set of bushes to another.

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A sandhill crane flies over the park.

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Wood storks were busy adding to their nests.

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Cattle egrets were doing the same.

It’s always busy in the mornings at the bird rookery in Gatorland. Wild birds are still coming in to nest over the lake full of alligators. The mangroves were filled with nests in different stages. Some had parents still sleeping on eggs, some had newborn babies, some had almost adult babies still screaming to be feed. Lots of fun activities to take pictures of.

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Flying in to sleep

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I found a killdeer across the pond.

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Some of the cattle egrets were sporting their bright “breeding” colors. You can see the difference with the younger cattle egrets that have the drab faces and the ones ready to mate with their bright pink and yellow beaks. ¬†Their legs are also bright pink.

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An ibis doing a balancing act.

Across the street from the Pinellas county waste plant, there’s a small pond with a mangrove island in it. Before dark, a lot of the birds come here to sleep for the night. I stopped by there recently after work and birds were flying in to spend the night on the little island.

Typical things on a Florida trail.

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A typical Florida swamp scene (cattle egret looking at a great egret).

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A limpkin posing in the moss.

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A Carolina wren stops by.

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A cormorant flapping his wings.

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Another limpkin in the moss. Looks like he was grabbing moss for his nest.

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This guy was just cruising down the trail, not caring that he was heading right for me. He kept getting closer and I finally got up and moved back (was sitting on the trail to take his picture). I don’t want this guy to get too close. ¬†They are cute but still creepy.

All from Circle B Bar Reserve in early February.

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If birds could talk

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“I need to get an agent” said the limpkin who sat there while tons of people were taking his picture.

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“I’m going back to sleep” said the grumpy red shoulder hawk.

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“I’m not going to do anything interesting. Take my picture just like this lady” said the great blue heron.

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‘Yes, we are a dime a dozen” said all of the phoebes.

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“Look ma, no hands” said the anhinga climbing up the branch.

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“What are you looking at?” said the snowy egret.

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“No I’m not going to look at you just so you can take my picture” said the gnatcatcher.

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“We’re trying to blend in but I don’t think it’s working” said the great egret to the cattle egret.

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“Everyone look up at me” said the rare Harrier Hawk.

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“She’d better be bringing home bacon cause I’m tired of bringing all the sticks” said the bald eagle as he headed for the nest.

Lots of birds but not a lot of activity in mid-November. They were all just sitting there, except for the eagles. They were both bringing sticks back to the nest. You could see them flying back and forth over the trail heading to the nest but you can’t see the nest. It’s hidden high up in the trees, facing the lake. In the mornings before 11am, people are lined up on the trail to see the eagles flying back and forth.

The Northern Harrier hawk was a surprise. It was a first time ever seeing one. I had heard there was one flying around earlier but didn’t think I would see it and right before leaving he flew right over my head.

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