Anhingas are pretty common along any body of water in central Florida. They swim under water and spear fish with their beaks. They flip the fish into their mouths and swallow them whole.
I caught this one struggling a few minutes before getting it down.
There was an osprey flying right above me looking for fish. They swoop down and grab fish with their talons.
A few of the birds on my walk at Fort Desoto in January.
Me and my shadow taking a picture of the dead horseshoe crabs that had washed up at the end of the beach.
Some type of coral? There were several big globs of these on the beach.
True to its name, the Osprey Trail on Honeymoon Island is known for having a lot of Osprey along the trail. There are many nests along the trail and when I was there in late January, the osprey were working on refreshing the old ones.
Both eagles were sitting in a tree near the nest which was a bad sign. They were sitting on eggs earlier so something must have happened to cause them to abandon the nest. They might try again. It was still early.
Towhees, catbirds and yellow rumped warblers were all along the trail.
Lots of vultures here.
New growth in some of the prescribed burn areas.
This guy walked right in front of me on the trail.
I hadn’t been to Honeymoon Island since last spring. I wanted to see if the osprey were nesting yet. Honeymoon Island is a barrier island north of Clearwater Beach. In the 1940’s the island was a place known for people to spend their honeymoon in the cottages on the island. Once World War 2 started people stopped coming to the island and later the cottages were torn down.
Linking to Wednesday Around the World
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.
After climbing 3 stories to the top of the observation tower at Lettuce Lake, I look over at the pine tree to the left of the tower and this guy was staring right at me. He’s looking at me like “What are you doing up here?”. I’ve never seen them up close before. He stayed for a few minutes then took off to catch a fish. I missed the big splash since he was so close near the tower but caught him flying away with a fish.
A great egret flies by the tower.
Turtles and alligators in the water below. The gator was going after that water bottle.
Tiny critters on the boardwalk.
A juvenile blue heron basking in the sun on the boardwalk.
Squirrels were snacking and napping.
Phone shot of the lake.
Red bellied woodpecker
Yellow crowned night heron
My favorite little titmouses.
A young mockingbird
Juvenile little blue heron in a sea of green and purple.
Curious baby great horned owls from high up in a pine tree.
A few birds in June at Chesnut Park.
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.