When you are driving down the road and see an eagle sitting on a pole (and your camera is in the car) you turn around and go back and get a shot. Especially since it was such a beautiful sky. This one was sitting in a short tower behind a gas station on my way to Chesnut Park one morning.
Do we wish we could hang upside down so easily?
A yellow rumped warbler hiding in the bushes.
I’ve been seeing a purple gallinule hanging around the dock lately. This one has a snack in his beak.
This little gnatcatcher was being too cute not to take some shots.
I think this may be a juvenile northern parula. He’s got just a hint of gray on his back.
I don’t see swamp sparrows often.
This gnatcatcher was trying hard to get that bug.
This should not really be happening at the park but this young girl was beside herself when the titmouse flew onto her hand. People come early in the morning and leave seed along the boardwalk rail. It’s usually titmouse, cardinals and squirrels that are eating the seeds.
The usual birds were at Chesnut Park in early November. A Carolina wren and a titmouse with a snack.
These look like immature pine warblers with that little bit of white around the eye.
A pine warbler.
I’m not sure what this is above. Might be a red eyed vireo. He was a little harder to catch.
This one was deep in the tree. I think it’s a blue headed vireo.
I’m wondering if these are the baby bluebirds from this spring that are now grown up. They were still acting like young birds. They were in the same spot, by the playground.
The usual tiny alligator at the dock. (There were many there, this one was the most visible).
I was cutting through the woods at Chesnut Park to get to the big lake and caught movement off to the side. I stopped and saw a big family of deer feeding along the small pond. They checked me out for a few seconds but then kept eating. I stood for a few minutes just watching them, glad no one else was around to spook them for the little time I was trying to take some pictures.
I caught this phoebe in the bushes with a bug in his beak.
Another phoebe out in the open.
Little flying critters. I don’t see red ones often.
I think I woke this guy up. A harmless black racer was sleeping near the trail.
It was starting to look like fall in late November. You could see a glimpse of red.
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.