The trail at Largo Central Park Nature Preserve has an osprey nest at the beginning of the boardwalk. You have to walk right underneath it to get out on the boardwalk but the platform was pretty high up. The osprey on the right is the baby. At several months old, he is as big as the parent but still has the white dots on the end of the feathers and his eyes are still orange. It looks like they have a little tree growing on the nest. The parent must have pulled up some roots and it started growing on the nest. The baby was screaming for a while when I first got there. I turned around for a while watching some ducks and missed the other parent flying in with a fish.
Zooming in on the nest, they were both eating some yummy fish. You can see the difference in eye color here.
It wouldn’t be a summer morning walk without seeing baby ducks. I could see a family far down the channel and was able to zoom in on one of the babies.
About an hour later, I did another lap around the trail and realized that they had moved closer to my side of the channel and the family was taking a nap under mom.
They were all dozing quietly when some black vultures flew close by and woke them up.
After a minute or two, they all went back to napping. They couldn’t all fit under mom but they were snuggled up together.
Right below the duck family, a green heron was creeping around near the water.
When I got back to the parking lot, this nanday parakeet was screaming from the utility line. I could hear them screaming all over the park but could not get close enough for a shot.
And now as I was leaving, there were a few of them sitting in the tree right next to my car.
Even though they are camouflaged into the tree, just listen for the loud screaming and you can find them.
Another hot Saturday morning walk around Largo Central Park Nature Preserve. It’s a small park right in the middle of a neighborhood and a small golf course. I usually walk 3 times around the trail but it was so hot I only made it around twice.