As I was walking around the Largo Botanical Gardens thinking it was a slow quiet morning with not much to take pictures of, a flock of black hooded parakeets flew into the trees right over my head. They ignored me as I watched them preening and flirting. After a few minutes, they took off. That was the highlight of the morning.
Not much else at the gardens. I caught an anhinga sticking his head out of the water and the usual titmouse up in the tree.
Moorhens were all around the lake. Lots of juveniles from early spring.
Other interesting ducks including the pied grebe in the last picture.
Other critters at the lake. The otter was a surprise. I’ve never seen one there before.
The water tower next to the lake and a hawk hanging underneath it. Probably looking for a slow flying monk parakeet. The parakeets nest under the water tower.
Looking across the lake near downtown St. Petersburg. I hadn’t been in a while so I stopped for a quick walk. There were people in the lake in kayaks doing a cleanup. I know there are alligators in there so you wouldn’t want to be in there without a kayak and a paddle to hit one over the head with.
There were lots of bunnies running around the Botanical Gardens.
This young moorhen ran across the sidewalk in front of me. Soon the rest of the family followed. They were heading for the tiny pond with the fountain in it.
They were cooling off under the fountain. I really wanted to jump in there with them.
The common green heron.
The squirrels were chowing down.
A few monk parakeets flew in to a tree right over my head.
An almost grown osprey was screaming the entire time I was at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. The nest is high up in a utility tower and the screaming echoed all over the gardens. He was probably screaming for the parents to bring him food and the parents were waiting for him to finally get off the nest and get his own food.
Why was the muscovy duck in the tree? Looking for bugs? A place to nest?
After a long rain, the ducks were taking a bath in a puddle in the street.
A few of the geese at the lake. The one hiding was sitting on eggs.
Baby moorhens at all ages.
A distinguished face.
The muscovy ducks and geese are very aggressive at Crescent Lake Park. People have been feeding them for years so they are all very fat and happy. I stay far away and take pictures with my zoom lens. If you get too close without food, they will attack. If they have babies, they will attack. If they are napping, they will attack. Lesson here is to stay away from the wildlife.
The lake at Kapok Park are full of turtles. People feed them and they come close to the boardwalk. Look at those fingernails!
A cute grebe shying away.
The red-winged blackbirds come close the boardwalk as well. Both a male and a female were posing for me.
Moorhens were taking a bath.
A rare sighting at this park. I found a lone purple gallinule under the boardwalk. I have never seen one here or even heard of one near the area.
Great blue heron flyby.
The big old trees at the park. It looks like one got blown over during a big storm. It looks like such a big strong tree. It’s hard to believe wind would knock that over.
On the way home I stopped by downtown Safety Harbor and could just barely make out a juvenile eagle on the cell tower.
Another tower close by had two babies (you can see only one in the picture). One of the parents was feeding them and the other parent was on a utility tower across the street. I’ve been keeping an eye on these nests for a while, swinging by there on the way home from work. It’s great to see these eagles raising families in this busy neighborhood.
I stopped by Kapok Park on the way home from work recently and did a quick walk around the park. I was hoping to see signs of the great horned owls but they either didn’t nest there this year or already nested and left.
If you are too young to know what these moorhens are doing, they are playing leap-frog. With the hot weather we’ve been having this winter, spring is going to come early. Soon there will be little moorhen babies running around the park. I was just glad to see that the female did not drown. All of the above only took a few seconds. You just never know what you’ll see at Circle B Bar Reserve. The big guy below was close by watching.