Hot day at the zoo

The one-eyed key deer that was rescued has a new home. Lots of room to roam around.

Only in the reptile area can you get this up close to a snake. Most of Florida’s snakes are non-venomous. They are good at keeping rodents at bay and a few are protected by law. Black racers seem to be the most common and we occasionally get one in our yard. Since many of our neighbors have fruit trees, the racers keep the fruit rats from over populating without having to use rat poisoning. I always keep my distance though.

These guys have taken over for the summer. The bushes are full of them and they will eat your plants and flowers down to the nubs.

It’s always fun to spend a few minutes watching the baby primates. That gibbon doesn’t seem to like the bugs. The baby colobus monkey in the bottom shot has lost all of his gray fuzz and now looks like a smaller version of the parents.

The new splash ride is now open and boy did that look tempting the morning I was there. Next time I’ll bring Brett so he can hold my stuff while I get soaked. Not sure who was having more fun, the people riding the ride or the people standing on the splash deck.

Big birds and little birds at Fort Desoto

The nanday parakeets are always goofing around.

A male and a female ruby throated hummingbird.

A great egret going by with a snack.

Little critters in the park.

A manatee cruising by the fishing dock.

Big boats going by.

From the fishing pier at Fort Desoto Park.

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Botanical Gardens in the heat

Little critters.

Cute critter. I think he was afraid I was going to steal his nut.

I’m don’t know what this bird is. Any ideas?  I think it may be a juvenile.

A woodpecker chewing on this pretty flowering tree.

Pretty colors.

Crazy ducks.

It was already hot in late April when I stopped by the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. The summer rains hadn’t started but the heat had already arrived.

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After work walk at Sawgrass Lake Park

Little critters.

Swimming critters.

A scarlet tanager high up in a tree with a snack and a pair of doves that were flirting.

A squirrel eating a branch.

Stopped by Sawgrass Lake park after work in late May for a quick walk before heading home. I didn’t expect to find too much but the scarlet tanager was nice.

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Looking for babies in early August.

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In early August I made it to Chesnut Park before 8am.  I drove to the back of the park to walk the back boardwalk first before the weekend crowds got there. The parking area was full of deer. I parked and got out of my car and the deer just glanced at me and kept eating. What is it about deer that make you stop and look?  They seem so docile and graceful.  These deer have grown up in this area and are comfortable around lots of people. As long as you don’t get too close. All of these were taken with my 300mm lens with a 1.4 extender on it so I kept having to back up just to fit their faces in.

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I saw this lone lady sitting way back in the woods. This picture was extremely cropped. I ran into a park ranger coming off the trail and he said she was probably pregnant and about to give birth. I was disappointed that I hadn’t seen any babies around this summer. He told me there were several at the park but they were hiding on the weekends.

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Other stuff at the park.

Update- I stopped by the park recently after work and saw several fawns. I’m still editing those shots and will post those soon.

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