Beautiful faces up close

It’s rare to get this close to roseate spoonbills. I see them occasionally in the ponds and ditches around work but they are usually far away. There are several that live in the aviary at the Florida Aquarium and they seem to be comfortable around the crowds. You can’t get close enough to touch them but closer than out in the wild. All are permanently injured with a wing or an eye missing and live here now. They develop more color in their faces as they get older during breeding season. These were all taken with my 200mm lens and cropped.

There are a few other birds there as well such as this ibis trying to eat something that doesn’t look like food.

Views from outside the aquarium.

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More from downtown Tampa

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One last post from my walk along Riverwalk in downtown Tampa on Thanksgiving weekend. ┬áThe white tent with the Bucs sign is the ice skating ring, set up for the holidays. The orange and yellow trimmed building is the Children’s Museum.

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Across the river is the University of Tampa. The main building was the former Tampa Bay Hotel built by Henry B Plant and was finished in 1891.

Able to leap tall buildings

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Okay, so they’re not that tall. And there’s not that many of them. A view of downtown Tampa from the river.

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The Rivergate Tower, nicknamed the Beer Can building” is the 6th tallest building in Tampa. It sits right on the river.

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A view of south Tampa.

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New tall buildings behind the museum.

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The Marriott hotel sits right on the water.

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The history center has a great view of the water and south Tampa.

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A reminder to stay out of the lakes and ponds in Tampa.

More pictures from our afternoon walk along Riverwalk in downtown Tampa.

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Birds in the city

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Lots of grackles and starlings around the park.

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For years, loggerhead shrikes have been hanging out along the fences at the airport on Davis Islands. Maybe they like the view.

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Pano of downtown Tampa, taken from Davis Islands.

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Pretty flowers in the summer heat.

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A juvenile little blue heron creeping down to the water. Then he flew over to the sign to remind everyone to slow down in the manatee zone.

More sights from my walk around Davis Islands in late July.

A walk around Davis Islands

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A view of downtown Tampa from the small airport on Davis Islands.

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A beautiful day to walk around and admire all of the yachts in the basin.

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Things you see driving along the inside channel across from Harbour Island.

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Above is the view from the yacht basin near Tampa General hospital.

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Flowers along the channel.

I hadn’t been over to Davis Islands in downtown Tampa to walk around in a long time. I use to go over and walk around the yacht basin all the time. It is usually packed with joggers, dog walkers, bicycle riders and walkers. The morning I was there was very quiet. I guess because it was so hot outside that early.

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