Another walk on Alligator Alley

All lush and green, this was taken in early April before the drought started taking a toll on the marsh.

I did not change the color on this glossy ibis. They were in their breeding feathers and the colors were so deep. When the sun hits them you can really see the patterns.

So many purple gallinules lately. They are so much fun to watch.

One lone baby limpkin. Mom was close by looking for food.

Far out in the marsh, this great egret caught a stick with his fish.

Mom moorhen feeding the baby.

Now that’s lunch! He caught the fish but then moved locations. I caught him right as he was swallowing it.

Early April at Circle B Bar Reserve.

SkyWatch Friday

Same Ole, Same Ole

The barred owls have been hanging out next to the parking lot for a while now.

The reserve is full of green herons. They are now a usual suspect.

Along with male anhingas showing off.

And the glossy ibis sparkling in the sun are a dime a dozen.

The cute pied grebes aren’t as skittish as they use to be.

There’s always snowy egrets in a body of water.

Now I see purple gallinules every time I walk Alligator Alley trail.

Even a great blue heron baby in the nest during spring is common here.

Seeing a bald eagle somewhere in the park is pretty common, even if its way up high half hidden in a cypress tree.

But I still love walking the trails at Circle B Bar Reserve and seeing all of the above every time I’m here. Even when it gets crowded on the weekends. I just get there a little earlier and leave before lunch when the crowd starts coming in.

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Two legs and Four legs

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Lots of birds flying by, an osprey adding to a nest and a night heron.

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A great blue heron standing on a nest doing a mating dance (flirting).

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The nest closest to the trail had a parent waiting for the eggs to hatch (since this visit in early February a baby has hatched. Pictures to come later.)

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It that a “I’m choking” signal or just a big yawn?

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Hawk hanging out.

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A Carolina wren singing the blues.

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Lots of glossy ibis.

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This is the year of the turtles at this park.

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And alligators too. They are getting a lot of press right now. Who knew there were alligators in central Florida???!!

All at Circle B Bar Reserve.

SkyWatch Friday

Busy birds at Circle B Bar Reserve

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Seen out in the marsh: black crowned night heron, pied grebe, American bittern, glossy ibis and an anhinga.

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Saw the above Carolina wren hiding in a bush.

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A great egret playing with his meal.

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I saw this hawk on a branch right over the trail. I realized he was eating something. I think it was a praying mantis.

Lots of birds on the trails at Circle B Bar Reserve in early January.

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So many birds….

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Black bellied whistling ducks are a rare sight to see up close. Years ago they would hang out right on the trail and the trees right on the trail would be full of them.  Now you can only hear them whistling off in the distance.

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A great blue heron with a snack.

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The marsh has been overrun with glossy ibis.

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A few Wilson’s Snipes have been seen here. This one was on Alligator Alley Trail.

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It’s always fun to see the little purple clowns (gallinules).

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Green herons have taken over.

Come of the birds on my recent trip to Circle B Bar Reserve.

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Spring has sprung

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The moorhens were playing “Leapfrog” in the channel.  Soon we’ll have “Leapfrog” babies.

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A snowy egret photobombed my spoony picture.

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The spoonies were trying to eat in peace but the ibis just kept following them. The spoonies in the last picture are very young. They don’t have their adult breeding bright pink feathers in yet.

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Here comes more ibis.

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Ibis coming in from across the lake.

Spring had sprung when I went to Circle B Bar Reserve in late March. The ducks were getting frisky, the adult spoonbills were sporting their bright pink feathers and the white ibis have their bright red beaks and feet.

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A typical morning in central Florida.

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I still haven’t seen any news on this great blue heron nest. A while ago there was a great blue heron always sitting on the nest for weeks. Then it was abandoned.  Weeks later when I was there, I saw this great blue heron looking around. So are they trying again?  They’ve had babies in this nest for several years now.

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I found the limpkin family again on this trip but they were further away from the trail. The babies were growing up so fast. They now look like the parent, only smaller.

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Northern Parulas were all along the trail but they stayed high up in the trees.

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A green heron prowling around in the muck.

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A glossy ibis doing the same thing.

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The dragonflies were out.

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A few crawling critters were out on the trail.

Just a few things I saw on my walk in mid-March at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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