Bok Tower Gardens – Skywatch Friday

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The bell tower at Bok Tower Gardens

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High up.

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The little lizard must feel safe resting on the head of St. Francis.

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Lizards are everywhere here.

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A juvenile red headed woodpecker was banging around on a dead tree near the historic home on the property.

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Jiminy was sleeping.

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There’s a small orange grove on the property.

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You would have thought it was spring on this day. Sunny and 70 degrees and flowers and butterflies everywhere.

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Pretty flowers blooming at the end of December.

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An English garden.

More shots from my trip to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales (central Florida). I had such a great time on my first visit in October that I dragged my sister there during the holidays.

Skywatch Friday

Birds at Bok Tower Gardens

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I was sitting quietly on a bench waiting for the rufous hummingbirds to come back and this towhee came out from the bushes and started digging around for snacks in the ground.

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He got pretty close to me but I was afraid he would get spooked if I raised my camera. He stayed right there as I took this picture.

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This hawk was sitting in a tree close to the bench and right after I snapped this he took off. I heard him screaming and a kingfisher screaming close by.

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I ran into the window blind that looks over a little pond and the hawk was chasing the kingfisher around the pond. I couldn’t get a good picture of the chase through the glass but was able to shoot the kingfisher sitting on a bird house in front of the window.

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I headed to the other end of the gardens and heard the red headed woodpeckers calling close by.

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They were banging away on the trees.

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Something in this hole had his interest.

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I saw three adults but I heard there were more there.

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Zooming over my head.

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This juvenile was all alone nearby. I’m not sure how long it takes for them to get their full red head.

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A red bellied woodpecker with a big nut in his beak. Taken right into the sun.

A few of the birds I saw on my recent trip to Bok Tower Gardens. I saw several rufous hummingbirds flying around but could not get a shot of them in the shade. They did not sit still the entire hour I was watching them. They would fly high over the trees and then come back 10 minutes later. I guess that’s a good reason for another trip over there.

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