Watching owls grow up.

The young great horned owls are very curious at this age. They were making faces at other birds that would fly by the nest.

Mom flew in for a few minutes and then took off.

They started yawning and looked like they were settling in for a long nap.

The view of the nest taken with my phone where we were standing. The nest sits right on a main trail and is very visible when people are walking along the beach.

Two legs and Four legs

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Lots of birds flying by, an osprey adding to a nest and a night heron.

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A great blue heron standing on a nest doing a mating dance (flirting).

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The nest closest to the trail had a parent waiting for the eggs to hatch (since this visit in early February a baby has hatched. Pictures to come later.)

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It that a “I’m choking” signal or just a big yawn?

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Hawk hanging out.

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A Carolina wren singing the blues.

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Lots of glossy ibis.

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This is the year of the turtles at this park.

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And alligators too. They are getting a lot of press right now. Who knew there were alligators in central Florida???!!

All at Circle B Bar Reserve.

SkyWatch Friday

More from Lake Morton

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A young stork that looks like an old soul.

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Besides the swans, both geese and ducks were nesting all around the lake.

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Things were still getting frisky so more babies to come.

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A wood duck couple were sleeping on the cypress tree roots on the edge of the lake.

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This one looks like a hybrid mallard. Very pretty colors.

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An ibis was stealing the swan food.

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Looks like this stork was working on a nest.

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The turtles were out sunning themselves.

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A kapok tree flower.

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Sandhill cranes flying high overhead.

There are lots more stuff at Lake Morton than just swans. Lots of ducks, geese, ibis, turtles and birds hanging around.

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A little bird nooky going on

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It all starts here. The great, snowy and cattle egrets start flirting. The male birds bring a stick to the female birds over and over again until the nest is built.  Then you know the rest. It was a busy day in early April when I was at Gatorland in Orlando. There were already baby birds and lots of nests that had eggs on them. Still more babies to come based on the action going on that morning.

Largo Nature Preserve

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Nesting is in full swing for the osprey in the area.  I don’t think they have eggs yet since they both left the nest at the same time for a while.

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It looks like they were working on getting it comfy.

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One of them kept bringing in more insulation.

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Night herons always sleep along the boardwalk at this park.

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Funny face. An anhinga staring at me.

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Northern shovelers were close to the bank.

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Flapping.

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Another funny face.

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The usual palm warbler. The trail was full of them.

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A few robins were hanging around.

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Is that parrot waving at me?

A Saturday morning walk at Largo Nature Preserve.

Skywatch Friday