There are some great benches here at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Right in front of this huge milkweed bush. The bush was covered in monarch caterpillars in mid-March. I sat for a while waiting for butterflies to come by but there wasn’t many flying around this morning.
This squirrel came over and sat near me and started eating something. He was the only interesting thing there so I left and headed over to McGough Park.
I couldn’t find any birds in the area around the turtle ponds and the turtles were already snoozing so I didn’t stay too long here either. I figured at this point I was close to the beach so I decided on a quick stop at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.
The injured pelicans were doing their morning flaps or taking a bath.
I could barely make out the baby great egrets high up in the trees over the exhibits. They had long outgrown the tiny nests they were growing up in but you could still see their pin feathers when they flapped their wings so they were not quite ready to start flying yet.
NIght herons were still sitting on nests although there was a lot of baby ones (the last one in brown and white with orange eyes) all over the sanctuary.
This night heron was showing the way to the shade garden although it’s really just a lot of overgrown mangroves.
It’s not often you can get this up close with an eagle. This one was missing part of his wing and was spending his time at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. I caught him taking a bath.
Pelicans were hanging out in their big open space. Some were starting to nest.
Other birds were just hanging out and preening when I was there in mid-November.
I caught these two wild night herons fighting over nesting space over the roof of an exhibit.
You can also get close to the spoonbills. And since the flamingos were right behind you, you wouldn’t have to look at them and think they were flamingos.
Things up in the trees along the boardwalk at Lettuce Lake Park.
You can usually find several night herons in the swamp.
The view from the tower above, taken with my phone. It always makes me feel like I’m somewhere else other than close to downtown Tampa when I’m standing up here.
Looking into the swamp from the boardwalk. There’s gators hiding in there somewhere.
At the end of the boardwalk, the HIllsborough river floats by and turns the corner.
Under the trees along the trail, it was quiet early in the morning. I had the trail all to myself
Two grumpy night herons on our dock in the rain.
Taken from the bedroom window, this young blue heron would not turn around.
We’ve had a lot of house sparrows hanging around our backyard lately.
Rainbow in the front yard.
Weird skies in the backyard after a storm.