I got to Chesnut Park early one Saturday morning in August not expecting to see anything but there it was. The cutest thing with spots.
I stood next to my car for a while watching baby and Mom feeding near the back parking lot. All of a sudden something catches Mom’s eye.
I turned around and the young male with only one antler was walking up. I’ve been seeing him a lot recently, calling him Unicorn. I’m assuming the other side of his antlers will grow in as he gets older. He didn’t get too close to Mom and baby.
The baby was cute as usual, staying close to Mom and copying her.
After walking around the park for a while, I saw them again on the other side of the lake. The baby tried to nurse for a second but Mom kept moving.
Eventually they started heading towards the back woods so I headed home. What is it about baby deer that’s so exciting? The same for dolphins and manatees or even hummingbirds?
One late day after work in July I hopped in the car and headed to Chesnut Park to see if there were any baby deer in the park. It had been drizzling late that day which usually means the park is quiet and the deer come out of the woods with their babies. Of course the sun came out right when I got to there so it was hot and steamy. I noticed this soft shell turtle walking around by a parking lot.
When I got out of the car to take the picture of the turtle, these two downy woodpeckers flew right into the tree in front of my car.
I originally wasn’t going to walk around if I didn’t see any deer since it was so hot but I saw some birds flying around the bridge over the pond so I walked over for a few minutes and caught the above yellow throated warbler.
This young parula was also on the bridge.
As well as the above young great crested flycatcher. I know they nest somewhere around this area of the park but I’ve never been able to find a nest.
In the back of the park I found a lady feeding the deer some apples and carrots. She was telling me how skinny she thought they looked. She said the deer up north where she lives in the winter were much bigger and hefty. I’m assuming she’s looking at mule deer in the winter which probably are bigger than our white tailed deer here in Florida. She had seen a baby deer earlier in the week so there was at least one there but I couldn’t find him on this night. I’ll keep looking.
A quick early walk at Chesnut Park in early May. The park started to get crowded pretty quickly so I left and headed out to another park close by.
Possum Branch Preserve was void of people but not many birds there either. At least it was a nice walk outside.
A few birds there included a juvenile night heron and a red bellied woodpecker.
I caught this common snapping turtle cruising down the back trail. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a snapper out in the wild. This one was pretty small.
Heading out to Chesnut Park in early April. There was hardly anyone there but someone had come before me laying bird seed along the boardwalk.
I didn’t see where this crow got this egg. He stopped in the tree right in front of me. It could be a turtle egg.
I saw this little sparrow deep in the bushes along the boardwalk. I was hoping it was something rare but realized it was just a chipping sparrow. Not rare but not extremely common here.
Dragonflies are everywhere now.
I was watching this guy skiing back and forth across the lake. Looks like a fun way to do social distancing.
Enjoying the quiet morning but since this park was open it started to get crowded pretty quickly. I left by 9:30 and headed to Possum Branch Preserve.
Almost no one here at the reserve. Not many birds either.
The sora rail was still here a few weeks after I first saw him.
A beautiful morning for a walk.
Someone is leaving bird seed along the boardwalk at Chesnut Park.
I think the squirrels eat most of it.
Lots of little gators under the dock.
It was close to Easter.
A northern parula trying to hide from me.
A tiny grasshopper. Soon central Florida will be over run with these guys.
Usual birds at Chesnut Park including that juvenile bald eagle that cruised by overhead. That hawk was sitting on a swing on the playground but unlucky for him there were no kids there that early in the morning for him to grab!
The titmouse showing off their fun personality.
Gators everywhere in central Florida. I think those two little ones on the bottom were trying keep warm on this chilly morning.
Where the birds sing at Chesnut Park.
All the usual birds.
There were several small alligators hanging out close to the dock. I didn’t see any big ones but I’m sure the mom was close by.
This deer was right off the boardwalk and I snapped this with my phone.
After walking around Chesnut Park in early January, I stopped by a small park along the water on the way home to see if there were any wintering ducks in the bay. No ducks to be found but this gull had found a piece of a fish in the low tide and was snacking. It was weird that there were several live conch shells on the dead fish.
The usual birds at Chesnut Park in mid-December.
A sleepy alligator.
Color from across the lake. It finally looks like fall as the cypress trees start to turn.
The sun peaking through along the trail. These were taken with my phone.
It’s not often I see two pileated woodpeckers on the same tree. I took this with my phone since I couldn’t fit both of them in with my 300mm lens and I couldn’t back up into the swamp.