I hadn’t been to Horsepower For Kids (sanctuary/farm) in a long time so I stopped by for a visit at the end of December. All of the baby geese that had grown up in early 2020 were still there making the duck pond a busy place.
They had 2 new canadian geese at the pond. They swam close to the dock and I noticed they both had angel wings. Angel wings is a nutritional deficiency caused by improper diet. It means someone was feeding these geese too much bread when they were young and their wings didn’t grow properly. It can keep them from flying well and that’s probably why they are living here now. At least they have a great home to live in now. That’s why it’s so important not to feed the wildlife bread.
It’s fun seeing all of the different crazy “fowl” running around here.
Some of the other residents.
I was admiring this salad. These guys eat better than I do.
I stopped by Lake Morton in Lakeland on the way home from Circle B Bar Reserve in mid-May. I usually see one or two wood duck couples there but on this trip they were all around the lake. Sleeping in the grass, hanging out on the swan fences, chasing each other. They must have been gathering for a baby making convention. I have not made it back over to the lake since then so I’m not sure it there were a lot of babies but I would hope so..
All of the usual suspects were there.
Feeding the fowl is encouraged at the lake although bread is extremely discouraged. They have feeders that are filled with pellets that you can buy a handful for a quarter. This lady was feeding them cracked corn.
Clouds were rolling in and it was time to go home for lunch.
I left Brett back in Tampa and headed up to Birmingham to visit my sister over Easter weekend. Even though Friday was going to be a cloudy rainy day, we risked it and headed up about an hour north of Birmingham to visit the past. Noccalula Falls was our destination. I hadn’t been since the early 70’s and was wondering if it looked the same. I’m sure a lot has changed but I remembered the park looking bigger. The story is that an Indian princess was already in love with someone else but her father told her she had to marry a neighboring chief instead so she fell to her death. Full story here. We were there after a big storm so the water was heavy coming over the falls.
Looking through the trees and down the Black Creek Gorge.
Some of the old buildings on display throughout the park.
Canadian geese at the top of the falls.
I found some old pictures that my dad had taken of the falls back in 1973. My sister and were posing on an old wagon (I’m on the left). We looked for the wagon when we were there but couldn’t find it. I think we were pretending to hold on to the reins. My dad always liked actions shots
The animal sanctuary/petting zoo near my house, Horsepower for Kids, has a small pond with a handful of geese (somehow “gaggle” of geese just sounds silly). The one above thought he was “King of the pond” standing on the overturned rowboat.
He (or she) seemed to be very popular. Late October isn’t really nesting season but here in central Florida when it’s 85 degrees I guess all year round is nesting season. It was interesting to watch them interact. A third one was trying to get in on the act.
They were eating mangrove leaves that were growing through the fence.
Why was the muscovy duck in the tree? Looking for bugs? A place to nest?
After a long rain, the ducks were taking a bath in a puddle in the street.
A few of the geese at the lake. The one hiding was sitting on eggs.
Baby moorhens at all ages.
A distinguished face.
The muscovy ducks and geese are very aggressive at Crescent Lake Park. People have been feeding them for years so they are all very fat and happy. I stay far away and take pictures with my zoom lens. If you get too close without food, they will attack. If they have babies, they will attack. If they are napping, they will attack. Lesson here is to stay away from the wildlife.