Another chapter of “So many babies”

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I stumbled on this muscovy duck family at Lake Morton back in late May. They were so cute. They stayed close together and close to Mom. I rarely see all yellow babies so this was a treat.

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Near the duck family, hidden in the reeds along the lake, was a family of limpkins. There were 3 babies that were very shy. I couldn’t get them all together. They did not want to stay in one place very long. Mom wanted to take a nap and the babies kept moving around.

A little dose of cuteness for the morning.

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Hot walk at Circle B Bar Reserve and a missed opportunity

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Sandhill cranes on the ground and in the air.

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A red shoulder hawk hiding in the tree. I blew this out to get the details in his feathers to show up.

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A young limpkin stretching.

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A baby limpkin getting feed.

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A tricolored heron along the water.

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A baby great blue heron still on the nest.  Looking all grown up but not yet ready to fly.

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Green and orange flash in the bushes.

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Alligators were everywhere. They were very loud since it was the beginning of mating season.  Now one of the main trails is closed for the summer since the alligators spend a lot of time on the trails raising their young.

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I was taking a picture of something else when I caught the above out of the corner of my eye. I quickly turned around to snap but I had the wrong settings to get a good clear picture of him. He was gone in a few seconds. I finally see one walking across the trail in front of me and did not get a good picture. I was bummed but at least I wasn’t missing a limb.

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Little brown fuzzballs

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I heard there were limpkin babies at Circle B Bar Reserve but wasn’t counting on seeing them. They could have been anywhere in that huge place. For once, I got lucky. They were just off one of the main trails. I probably wouldn’t have seen them but I was watching a hawk sitting in tree nearby and he was looking down on the ground. I’m thinking “What is he staring at?” when I noticed a pile of fuzzballs sleeping in the reeds. At first I didn’t see any parents and thought “Oh no, breakfast for a hawk.” but a few minutes later both parents showed up with food and stayed with the 5 babies after that.  The hawk eventually flew away.  If he has swooped down toward the babies, I would have had to make a decision whether to jump into the swamp (knee-deep with alligators and snakes around) to save them or watch sadly from the safety of the raised trail. Luckily I didn’t have to decide, this time anyway.

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Breakfast with the Limpkin family

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I don’t see limpkins often at Chesnut Park. This morning in mid-June, I heard what sounded like baby bird crying. The sound was coming from far in the corner near the lake. Three almost grown baby limpkins were still being feed by mom. They were the size of the parent but were still making that hungry baby bird wheezing noise. Mom was busy pulling up one snail after another and feeding each of the babies. I sat down on a bench under a picnic shelter and watched them for a while before heading home to eat lunch as well.

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The usual suspects.

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Posing great blue heron.

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Reflection of a snowy egret.

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A lone black bellied whistling duck.

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A green heron hiding in the marsh.

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A crow was bothering this pileated woodpecker.

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Limpkin family along the trail.

My last trip to Circle B Bar Reserve in early June. At least for the summer. It’s too hot on those trails. One of the main trails is closed until September due to alligators nesting close to the trail. I’ll wait until fall migration begins in late September or early October before heading over there again.

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Baby limpkins at Kapok Park

What a cutie! I found this family several weeks ago on a walk around Kapok Park after work.  I don’t know if they are the same family that had the 4 babies a few weeks before. There were only 2 babies here. They were under the high boardwalk that runs across the lake.

One of the parents bringing over a snack.

The baby was watching the parent crack open the shell.

Both babies were waiting for food on the edge of the reeds. They stayed pretty well hidden. The parents were close by in the water.

After feeding the baby, the parent was shaking the water off it’s head getting the baby all wet.