Typical awkward teenager, this several month old sandhill crane was so funny to watch. He was trying to be brave and walk off on his own and then go running back to mom.
It looks like this great blue heron bit off more than he could chew but he got it all down. His neck was bulging for a while.
A grackle with a snack.
This night heron was trying to hide in the reeds along the pond but it was hard not to miss those bright red eyes.
It was weird seeing this purple gallinule hanging over the trail. He was eating something on this plant.
These hawks were across the marsh. Looks like they were fighting over a snail.
Breakfast was going on during my walk at Circle B Bar Reserve in mid May.
Two very young green herons were waiting for mom to come back with food. They were standing on the boardwalk rail. As soon as they saw mom come into the bushes they hopped back on the branches and headed deep in the bush to get fed.
A common moorhen family. There were at least 6 families along the ponds.
Young grackles and their parents were along the boardwalk.
The usual birds along the boardwalk, a blue jay, an osprey eating a fish on top of one of the office buildings and one of the many anhingas.
A walk around Carillon Park after work in early May.
Grackles are common but when the sun shines on them they are very pretty.
An anhinga with something stuck on her beak.
Some of the resident ducks around the lake.
There were several families in late April.
One of the families was busy swimming around and investigating everything.
In the trees. Grackles, great egret, black and white warblers and northern parulas.
On the ground, an ibis was eating a snack.
A beautiful morning at Lettuce Lake park.
Lots of brown thrashers were being seen in April. First 2 were taken at Chesnut Park and the bottom 2 were taken at Possum Branch Preserve later that morning. The video is a short one of the thrasher singing at the top of his lungs.
Other usual suspects at Chesnut Park.
The mulberries were ripe, waiting for the birds to come chow down in early April. I didn’t realize Possum Branch Preserve had so many mulberry trees along the trail. The birds eventually showed up in late April. More of that to come.
A small gator sleeping on the grass. I took this from across the pond.
I saw this lone spoonbill at the office park lake near my work. I noticed that his eye looked a little funny and he was banded. It seemed okay, just sleepy.
Not sure what these baby mallards were trying to eat. Just like a baby, everything goes in the mouth.
A moorhen Mom with a few new babies.
Some very young grackles waiting for Mom to come back with food.
A male grackle shining in the sun.
Sleepy barred owl high up in a tree.
A few usuals – black and white warbler, grackle and a cardinal.
A pileated woodpecker taken right into the sun.
A great blue heron flying close over my head.
I saw this hawk eating something that looked like a really big beetle.
The water near the dock is full of these.
A few of my friends came by to say “Hi” while I was at Chesnut Park in late February.