Late in the afternoon, all of the deer were napping deep in the woods. I could see a few of them from the boardwalk but they were trying to hide.
A little blue heron walking around near the boardwalk.
A lone ring neck duck in one of the smaller ponds.
I was looking around the boardwalk for gators and saw the above instead.
Furry faces in the trees.
The cypress trees are starting to turn.
A hawk on the way home.
I stopped by the horse farm on the way home to see if the eagles were back. They abandoned the nest in the old tree last year and did not have babies. Some say the old dead tree was rotting and about to fall over and that’s why they left. Most think it was due to new houses that were going up around the horse farm. The farm was surrounded by trees and last winter a developer came in and wiped out all of the tree and started a new neighborhood. I didn’t expect to find them and was thinking they were gone forever. As I was driving out a different way, I saw the above on a utility tower. There’s an old osprey nest in the tower. Only time will tell if they take over the osprey nest and have babies here. It’s sad to think they are out of that great tree but at least they would still be having families.
There were Kermits in all of the fountains at the Gardens. You have to sneak up on them or they will jump in the water and hide if they see you. I took the above with my 300mm lens so I was pretty far away.
Even at the end of October, there were a lot of flowers still blooming and lots of tiny critters flying around.
It was very quiet at the Gardens early in the morning. I could hear the hummingbirds go whizzing by and several times was able to catch them resting.
I saw this little guy across the bushes and was hoping he was a rufous hummingbird. When I got home and cropped it and lightened it up I realized it was a male ruby throated hummingbird which are fairly common this time of year. The rufous would have more orange than green in his feathers. I’ve seen them there but I can’t get a shot of them.
A mockingbird was watching me while I was waiting for the hummingbirds to fly back into the bushes.
More pictures from my late October visit to Bok Tower Gardens in central Florida.
I saw this little froggie hopping around near the boardwalk. I rarely see them at all in the parks much less see them hop. They usually hide pretty well.
Then I realized it was because this guy was heading towards him. The froggie got away!
Spiders are all along the boardwalk.
A downy woodpecker.
Cute blue gray gnatcatcher.
A young limpkin looking for a snack in a pile of old empty snails.
A few things at Lettuce Lake Park at the end of September.
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I went for an after dinner walk and found this duck family in the pond near my house. I’ve been seeing this pretty creme mallard for a while now. I saw the family recently and the babies were getting big. Sadly, there were only 4 left.
Frog on our downspout after a storm.
Saw this lizard next to our dock. This is the first one I’ve seen with a rust head. Can they really blend in that well?
Here’s the same creme mallard back in May. She was floating around behind our dock.
Curious blue jay.
Hibiscus poking through the fence.
I took this through the kitchen window.
Taken through the bedroom window, the juvenile night heron was creeping around our neighbor’s dock.
Our neighbor a few houses down has an almost dead palm tree in their backyard. I came home from work and saw the tree full of crows eating the berries (or are these nuts?). Taken directly into the sun.
A few crows waiting their turn to get on the palm tree.
Something spooked them and they all flew off in a hurry. At this point it was almost dark.
Things in my neighborhood this past summer.
Not many birds at the park in early May.
Plenty of deer though.
And other usual critters.
The grasshoppers were everywhere.
This frog was living in the clogged water fountain.
A few things from my walk at Chesnut Park in early May.
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