A walk at Largo Nature Park

Northern shovelers aren’t extremely rare in the Tampa bay area but I haven’t seen any in a long time. There were 2 couples close the edge of the water at Largo Nature Preserve in late January and they didn’t seem to mind me watching them. They look a lot like mallards but have that goofy big square bill.

A snowy egret was looking for food.

A wood stork was taking a break.

A cattle egret with a bright orange bill.

Two ring billed ducks.

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Very few birds in late December

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I stopped by to visit my buddy Big Red. When there are no other birds around you can always count on Big Red to be there.

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Taking off to catch some fish.

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Mullet up close. Some guys were on the beach catching mullet in a net. After 10 years of watching them jump out of the water in my backyard, this is the first time I’ve seen one up close. ¬†Other than the smoked mullet that my husband likes to eat.

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Sorry guy, but you’re going to end up on a cracker.

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Eating a dropped chip on a picnic table.

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Berries were all over the park.

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Butterflies are still around.

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As well as the yellow beach flowers.

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Weird grass growing on the beach.

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Two female ring billed ducks looking for some action.

Not many birds around at Fort Desoto park right before the holidays.

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