Growing up at the fishing pier.

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The majestic osprey. This was a juvenile, born months earlier near the fishing pier. There were two nests near the fishing pier this spring. Both the smokestack tower couple and the light post in the parking lot couple had babies so I’m not sure which family this one came from.  He already had a half eaten fish when I first saw him. The orange eyes and white specks on his feathers shows that he’s still a baby.

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Flying around, he seemed unsteady when landing.

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He made several passes later, trying to catch a fish with no luck.

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He chased off a laughing gull.  Giving his best eagle imitation.

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Not so majestic when the whole world is a toilet.

It’s great to see the baby osprey growing up around the fishing pier at Fort Desoto.

 Skywatch Friday

Birds at the Botanical Gardens

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A young osprey sitting on the nest which is on top of a drum on a utility tower. He was probably born in February or March? He still has the bright orange eyes and spots on his feathers that juveniles have.

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A green heron hiding in the pond.

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A house sparrow hiding in the tree.

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A very young starling getting a drink in the fountain.

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A brown thrasher hiding in the tree.

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There were two thrashers flying around the herb garden.

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One flew on the fence. Yuk, is that a bug he was trying to eat?

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Now he’s just posing for me.

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Yes, more baby moorhens. They are everywhere.

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Look how big those feet are!!

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There is a fruit garden section and this squirrel has grabbed some type of fruit that had fallen on the ground. Looks like an apple or pear. He hit the jackpot with that big piece.

Just a few things on my walk around the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. It was pretty quiet. I had not been there since late December and the grounds looked really nice. A lot of work had been done by volunteers. It’s free to get in so it’s a nice place to stop and walk around for an hour or two. Plus, you might find a few birds there.

Linking to Saturday’s Critters