Pelicans flying by.
Cormorant flying by.
I saw this red shoulder hawk sitting high up in a cypress tree. Took a couple of shots and then I kept going down the trail, thinking she was taking a break.
I got all the way across the pond and heard the hawk screaming. I looked over and saw the above. These are extremely cropped. Guess we’ll be having baby hawks soon. These were all taken at Possum Branch Preserve. It’s a small watershed area not too far from my house. It sits on a corner of one of the busiest intersections in the area. Except for the traffic noise, the trail is very quiet.
A red shoulder hawk greets me as I walk on the trail. Right after I shot the hawk, an eagle flies high over my head.
A snowy egret skimming along the marsh and a great blue heron posing.
I think this is a female indigo bunting. I had heard there were buntings in this part of the trail but I didn’t see any male blue ones. Any confirmation?
One of the many sparrows that hangs out at the intersection of Heron Hideout trail and Eagles Roost trail. Not sure if it’s a Savannah or Swamp,
This little lady flew right in front of me and landed on the tiny stick. She sat there forever.
More black bellied whistling ducks in the marsh.
Same ole gators along the trail.
From my early November visit to Circle B Bar Reserve.
Linking to Wednesday Around the World
High up in the trees, I found a red shoulder hawk and a northern parula.
There were also lots of woodpeckers in the trees, a pileated and two downys.
Someone had left some seed on the boardwalk. The cardinal was feeding the baby.
A lone yellow throated warbler.
All taken in late July at Chesnut Park.
Linking to Wednesday Around The World
Sandhill cranes on the ground and in the air.
A red shoulder hawk hiding in the tree. I blew this out to get the details in his feathers to show up.
A young limpkin stretching.
A baby limpkin getting feed.
A tricolored heron along the water.
A baby great blue heron still on the nest. Looking all grown up but not yet ready to fly.
Green and orange flash in the bushes.
Alligators were everywhere. They were very loud since it was the beginning of mating season. Now one of the main trails is closed for the summer since the alligators spend a lot of time on the trails raising their young.
I was taking a picture of something else when I caught the above out of the corner of my eye. I quickly turned around to snap but I had the wrong settings to get a good clear picture of him. He was gone in a few seconds. I finally see one walking across the trail in front of me and did not get a good picture. I was bummed but at least I wasn’t missing a limb.
Not many birds at the park in early May.
Plenty of deer though.
And other usual critters.
The grasshoppers were everywhere.
This frog was living in the clogged water fountain.
A few things from my walk at Chesnut Park in early May.
Linking to Saturday’s Critters
A barred owl right over the trail. He looks so curious. He’s thinking “What is that constant clicking noise down there?”
A few branches over was a baby.
A few steps down the trail, a red shoulder hawk was up in the trees.
An almost grown baby hawk was a few branches away.
There are lots of babies growing up at Circle B Bar Reserve. Several barred owl and hawk families were along the trail in early May. Everybody was growing up fast.
A green heron hiding in the grass.
This red shoulder hawk flew into a tree right over my head, grabbed a branch and flew off. He was working on a nest across the trail.
Right when I saw this great egret with a fish, someone was coming down the trail and he took off to eat his lunch alone.
A pileated woodpecker high up in a dead tree.
An eagle soaring far away.
There was nothing new at Circle B Bar Reserve in mid- January. I at least got a good 3 hour walk in and the usual birds there were busy eating and getting ready to nest.