The week before Christmas I attended yoga at Zoo Tampa. It was on an early Saturday morning. The weather was perfect. They had a few animals show up before we started. There was a goat but he took off before I could get a picture. Santa also showed up for a visit.
A blast of color coming from the pretty parrots at Gatorland. They are out in the open but you can’t get too close. I wouldn’t want one of those big beaks to take off my finger anyway. They are very animated and have tons of personality. These were all taken with my 70-200mm F2.8 lens and cropped.
I found the American wigeon that had been spotted at Largo Nature Preserve. A first for me on this fairly common duck. All in front of the picture, they were hanging out with some coots and moorhens. Of course, they were on the river where I had to take the picture right into the sun. I couldn’t go around since there are houses along the other side of the river.
Northern shoveler with an itch.
Northern shoveler with a mallard in front. They look alike except when you see them together. That big old beak gives the shoveler away.
They were all busy feeding.
A great blue heron panting on the boardwalk. It was warm on the first weekend in January. No jacket needed.
He kept flying back and forth as people were walking along the boardwalk.
“Baby blue” A young little blue heron all alone. He started looking up and freaking out. I realized it was because the below had just flown by.
As I was taking a picture of the baby blue, I saw something fly overhead. When I looked up this eagle was already past me and off into the wild blue yonder.
A very typical scene. A cormorant silhouette into the sun while drying off.
This was taken with my 300mm lens. He was in his usual spot along the boardwalk.
Same guy but taken with my iphone. Someone said he was 11 feet long. What do you think? I think he was exaggerating over the length.
Green parrots kept flying back and forth across the park. I never could see them landing. I think they live and nest at the electric plant near the park.
Gatorland bunny has the run of the place. But he better watch out and not go into any of the alligator exhibits.
Pretty in pink.
Bees were buzzing.
The swamp walk was full of ferns.
There are lots of other things at Gatorland besides alligators and wild baby birds. They have parrots out in the open hanging out together and playing. Rabbits and wild ducks can go where ever they want. The swamp walk is a boardwalk that goes through a swamp filled with ferns. Red bellied woodpeckers were flying high up in the trees. I get there early to take pictures of the baby birds in the mangroves along the alligator lake but before I leave I take a walk around the rest of the park to see what else I can find.