Largo Nature Preserve

Little critters. The little critters in the 2nd shot are making more little critters.

A sleepy night heron and a green heron standing at attention.

A couple of grackles having words.

Some juvenile grackles waiting to be fed.

Young moorhens.

Making more young moorhens.

I’ve been seeing bunnies everywhere.

The river is starting to choke up with the above plant.

A few things from my walk at Largo Nature Preserve in late June.

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Babies and an eagle

Wood duck babies are so cute. I found this little family at a hidden pond at the Largo Botanical Gardens in May.

After walking around the gardens, I headed over to Largo Nature Preserve and found this baby limpkin following Mom under the boardwalk.

I was staring at this turtle that was sitting just underneath the below.

A bald eagle was sitting on a utility tower in the park. I don’t think anyone else walking by noticed the eagle just sitting up there.

I was taking pictures of the colors of the high plants across the creek and looked down and saw these guys staring up at me like “Feed us.”

All taken back in late April.

SkyWatch Friday

 

All birds, no bugs.

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Crazy parrots along the utility poles near the parking lot.

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Pretty faces of the pied grebes. That last one thought I couldn’t see him behind the reeds.

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Flashes of white flying by.

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A very young anhinga that must have been born at the preserve.  She must have been a late summer baby. She still had her pin feathers.  She was right along the boardwalk.

A few things at Largo Nature Preserve. It was quiet at the small park in late October.

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Other stuff at the Largo Nature Preserve

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Flowers and plants along the trail at Largo Nature Preserve.

 

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The birds here aren’t the only ones who hang out on boardwalk. This squirrel was eating right over my head. I was watching him walk out on the branch and grab the little berries. He did not care that I was a few feet from him.

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I saw this cute retired couple walking along the trail, still holding hands.

Up close and personal

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A white eyed vireo.

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A juvenile night heron, born in early spring.  He looks grumpy.

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Probably cause he’s trying to sleep and it’s sunny outside and the parrots are noisy.

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His parent looks even grumpier.

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A female anhinga looking over her shoulder.

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A juvenile little blue heron. He’ll be all blue after his first year.

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An osprey in a tree right on the trail.

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A great egret giving me a typical Florida pose.

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I found another juvenile night heron along the river bank. This one looks a little bit older than the one picture above. His feathers are starting to turn gray.

Largo Nature Preserve is a small park. It’s square-shaped park. One side has a golf course, one side has a neighborhood, one has a model airplane field and the other is the parking lot coming off a busy road.  It’s rare to see something unusual there but the bigger birds that hang out there let you get pretty close. Especially along the boardwalk. Most of them won’t move if you walk by them while they are standing on the railing.  Night herons nest here so the babies grow up sleeping in the trees that are only a few feet away from the boardwalk.

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A woodpecker and grebe walk into a bar…..

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No, seriously. A downy woodpecker and a pied grebe show up at the lake at the Largo Nature Preserve. I was taking pictures of the grebe when I heard a banging noise behind me. The downy woodpecker was only a few feet away but ignored me completely. I guess he knew I wasn’t going to climb over the boardwalk railing, walk through alligator infested water and yank him down off the tree.  He stayed there for a while and just kept banging on the tree.