Tag Archives: great blue heron

Critters in the backyard

This lady kingfisher has been a regular visitor this past winter. She’s either on the dock or on the boat lift poles. Mr Grumpy (great blue heron) sometimes naps on our dock. An anhinga paid a visit recently. My resident … Continue reading

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My once a year walk around Kapok Park

I had not been to Kapok Park in over a year.  Not much had changed at this tiny park in the middle of a neighborhood. There wasn’t many birds there.  Every once in a while something fairly rare turns up … Continue reading

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Chesnut Park in late February.

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 … Continue reading

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Two legs and Four legs

Lots of birds flying by, an osprey adding to a nest and a night heron. A great blue heron standing on a nest doing a mating dance (flirting). The nest closest to the trail had a parent waiting for the … Continue reading

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Being a tourist on the beach

Clearwater Beach sure has changed since we moved down to the area almost 15 years ago. The beach was still mostly Mom & Pop motels and now it’s all high-rise hotels and condos. Traffic and parking are insane so we … Continue reading

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So many birds….

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 … Continue reading

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Big birds up high

Very young bald eagle soaring up high. An adult eagle coming right over my head. Across the marsh, I saw another eagle bringing a big branch back to the nest. A great egret going by with a snack. There’s always … Continue reading

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My version of “Quack” Friday.

White ibis coming in for a landing. A great blue heron posing for me. Since there is an abundance of green herons this year, you’ll be seeing a lot of these. I had heard there were black bellied whistling duck … Continue reading

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A rare hybrid and the usual birds at Fort Desoto.

A reddish egret hanging around the fishing pier. This is the rare hybrid that was seen recently hanging around the fishing pier. Local experts say it’s a cross between  a great blue heron and a great egret. He’s got a … Continue reading

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Saturday on the fishing pier.

Typical Florida sight. A great blue heron and a snowy egret on the light post. Panting in the heat. Hovering over the water.  Looking for a fish. The young osprey have been hanging around the fishing pier this summer. Giving me … Continue reading

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