A few things blooming on the trail at Circle B Bar Reserve at the end of March.
Looking across the pond, I took this straight into the sun.
The painted buntings were still there and I was able to catch two males sitting near each other. After feeding they both flew across the canal.
A crow showing me his nesting material before taking off.
A few fly bys. A cattle egret up in the sky and a great blue heron cruising low over two alligators.
It doesn’t get much better than this. A cool sunny morning on the trails.
I could see an eagle high up in the cypress tree across the pond.
Farther down the trail I saw two eagles chasing each other.
They both landed high up in the trees and sat together for a while, often yelling. Mating season was over so I’m not sure what they were doing. Maybe a late nest? Maybe they were making plans to meet up this fall? Or they were talking about how great their new kids were?
I’m thinking this will be my last trip here until late Fall. It’s a long drive to Lakeland and it’s too hot to be out on the trails in the middle of summer. I’ll be sticking close to home and the coast to catch a little breeze (although probably a hot one).