Chesnut Park on a Saturday morning.

Standing on the observation tower, an osprey saw me and said “Hey, there’s Dina. I’m going to swing by and give her a hug.” or maybe not.  He just banked and kept cruising by.

A juvenile moorhen eating yucky pond grass.

Limpkins were everywhere. Up on the boardwalk and down in the swamp with a snail.

This guy must have gotten a piece of some bad tasting grass.

Trying to hide on a log. Not sure what this guy was but I was using a long lens.

Before Hurricane Irma took down a lot of the trees.

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A walk after work

I saw this lone spoonbill at the office park lake near my work. I noticed that his eye looked a little funny and he was banded. It seemed okay, just sleepy.

Not sure what these baby mallards were trying to eat. Just like a baby, everything goes in the mouth.

A moorhen Mom with a few new babies.

Some very young grackles waiting for Mom to come back with food.

A male grackle shining in the sun.

Lots of the same.

Always a lot of vultures on the trails here.

Tons of hawks too.

Many green herons.

Soon there will be more moorhens.

The usual glossy ibis, wood stork with a stick, a snowy egret and a juvenile night heron all hanging out in the marsh.

The sky is always full of osprey.

At Circle B Bar Reserve.

SkyWatch Friday

Watching Bambi grow up

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A few weeks after my trip to Chesnut Park in the rain after work, I headed back for another walk on a Saturday morning. The babies are usually hiding in the woods on Saturday mornings since the park is pretty busy. I was lucky to see the above hanging close to mom and wandering around near the parking area in the back of the park. There was a male close by as well. In that last picture, the little one turned to look at me as if to say “What’s that furry thing with an acorn, Lady?”

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Ants were hanging out on the flowers.

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A young red shoulder hawk was hunting near my car.

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An osprey flying by with breakfast.

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The usual moorhens near the dock.

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A tern hovering over the lake.

A Saturday morning walk at Chesnut Park.

Chesnut Park in September

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The little titmouse are so cute. They are very curious.

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The titmouse was watching the yellow throated warbler going by.

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A very young red bellied woodpecker. He hasn’t got his red feathers on his head yet.

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A lady cardinal with a snack.

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Camouflage at it’s best. There’s a little green heron in the middle of the picture. You can barely see him hiding in the reeds near the water.

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A late moorhen family hanging around the dock.

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A shadow hanging upside down.

A few birds at Chesnut Park in mid-September.

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A walk after work

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Sitting up on the bell tower, the osprey are nesting here again this season.

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Mr “Yellow Big Feet” walking by.

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The grackles get no respect but they are pretty when the sun shines on them.

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So much for the “Squirrel Proof” feeder.

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A tricolored heron was nesting close to the boardwalk. It looks like she has at least one egg.

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This turtle was near the boardwalk and when I cropped up the picture at home, I noticed weird things coming out of his shell just over his head.  I wonder if that’s some sort of growth?

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Another turtle close by.

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Lots of soft shell turtles in the lake.

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The usual alligators near the boardwalks.

The usual things at Carillon Park near my office. Soon it will feel to hot to walk around even after work. Although, it’s nice to miss the traffic.

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Pretty birds doing everyday things.

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A purple gallinule shining through the reeds.

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A pretty common yellowthroat in the shade.

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A cute grebe floating around.

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A little blue heron taking a gulp.

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A red-eyed vireo being shy.

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A downy woodpecker high up in a tree.

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A limpkin looking down at me from up above.

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A palm warbler reaching for the stars.

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A white pelican all alone.

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Moorhens imitating each other.

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Tiny hummingbirds humming in the firebush.

Some of the birds on my recent walk around Circle B Bar Reserve.

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