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.

Linking to Saturday’s Critters

Saturday morning at Fort Desoto.

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Random things around Fort Desoto.

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I found this guy on the fishing pier. I don’t know what that is sticking out of his beak. Is it a fishing hook? A fish bone? He didn’t have any trouble flying or eating.

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Someone left a fish head on the pier. The great blue heron picked it up and flew off towards the beach with it.

chasing birds

What is it about sleeping birds that makes kids want to run towards them and scare them away? It’s a constant scene on the beach.

Skywatch Friday