A two park morning

The Florida Botanical Gardens was very quiet in late January (as it should be). It was cool out and was really looking like winter. Only a blue jay and brown thrasher made an appearance.

Heading over to nearby Largo Nature Preserve, I happen to see some drama going on with the muscovy ducks. A male intruder was trying to mate with a female who had a mate right beside her. The boyfriend tried unsuccessfully to run off the intruder. After the intruder mated and left, the female’s mate mated her as well. She was having a rough morning.

A pileated woodpecker pair were doing some damage to this utlity pole. Maybe working on a new nest? You can see the male has a red stripe on his cheek.

Lots of plants blooming at both parks.

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It’s starting to look like fall in mid- December.

The usual birds at  Chesnut Park in mid-December.

A sleepy alligator.

Color from across the lake. It finally looks like fall as the cypress trees start to turn.

The sun peaking through along the trail. These were taken with my phone.

It’s not often I see two pileated woodpeckers on the same tree. I took this with my phone since I couldn’t fit both of them in with my 300mm lens and I couldn’t back up into the swamp.

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Punk babies

The babies started screaming as Mom crept closer to the hole.

Feeding was quick. The babies were screaming at her.

Mom squeezed her way in and was cleaning out the nest. She took off with something in her beak.

“Wait, come back. We’re still hungry.”  There were 2 babies in the nest.

Twenty minutes later Dad comes to feed them (you can tell the males by the red stripe across the chin just under their beak. The females don’t have this stripe.).

These pileated woodpecker parents were busy with 2 little mouths to feed. The light was bad from the boardwalk so it was a challenge to get decent pictures. These were all taken with my 300mm lens and extremely cropped up. They are animated little birds, almost grown up.

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Fun things at Circle B Bar Reserve

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Fly on a sign. Notice the hair on his bottom.

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Berries waiting to be eaten.

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This blue-gray gnatcatcher was posing for me.

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They don’t have any bright colors but their personality makes up for it.

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The number of limpkins at the reserve seem lower than in the past. I only saw a few on this visit.

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Yummy breakfast.

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 I’ve been seeing a lot of pileated woodpeckers lately.

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Anhinga posing in front of the yellow flowers.

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A great blue heron prancing down the trail.

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The black bellied whistlers didn’t seem to mind the glossy ibis getting so close.

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In a huddle.

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Hiding in the yellow flowers.

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The usual alligator close to the trail.

The first week in December was perfect. Cool sunny days. I had to get out for yet another long walk at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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