The usual herons along the trail.
A green heron sneaking around looking for food.
A house wren singing.
A coot getting friendly.
The yellow flowers always make the preserve look pretty in the fall.
The view from the blind.
I heard the eagle screaming along the trail and started running, looking up in the trees. I found him sitting there looking around. He stayed there for a few minutes looking all around and including right at me. He was sitting fairly low right along the trail. At one point he hopped down a few branches.
After a few minutes, he took off. Flying across the marsh. He flew by so close that I cut off his wings.
Later, at the other end of the reserve, I saw an eagle flying into the tree that has a nest that sits across the lake.I was wondering if it was my eagle, that I had just seen up close. I wondered if he was heading home.
This turkey made it through Thanksgiving weekend. He seemed a little skittish when I saw him just off the trail in early November.
I saw Oreo (resident black and white feral hog) in the swamp near the nature center.
Other critters along the trail. It was interesting to see the squirrel eating a big mushroom.
A few tiny critters at Circle B Bar Reserve in early November.
Sushi for breakfast.
Walking down the trail I could hear a baby bird calling overhead. Looking up I saw this juvenile red shoulder hawk up in the tree.
Then I realized that Mom was a tree over with a frog trying to get the baby to follow her over. The baby wanted Mom to come feed it but Mom was trying to get him to fly over.
These baby turkeys were very skittish. Mom was keeping an eye on me.
Lots of young alligators along the trail.
Everything was green when I last was at Circle B Bar Reserve in mid-May. Now it’s too hot to walk there and the main trails are usually closed due to alligators mating and nesting close by until at least October so I’ll be staying close to home or the coast.
It’s rare for me to see baby purple gallinules. I found 2 babies near the dock at Circle B Bar Reserve in early May. You can usually find adults around the dock but they become scarce when they have babies often hiding in the reeds. The babies are so cute with that black and white beak. It’s funny how much their colors change as they grow up.
The parents were close by.
More of the black bellied whistlers at Circle B Bar Reserve out in the marsh.
There was also a sandhill crane sitting on a nest nearby. Otherwise, a very quiet walk.
I knew it was going to be a beautiful morning when I walked out on the trail to this.
After 12 years of coming to Circle B Bar Reserve, I still love walking these trails even with all of the dead trees in the background.
Things close to the trail, although I cropped up the one with the big gator so he wasn’t that close.
An alligator cruises by a great blue heron.
The view from the blind on the dock.
Sitting on a bench near the nature center before heading home.
I had just replaced my old iphone with a new one days before so I was taking lots of pictures with it.