Pink cotton candy and marshmellow fluff in the marsh.

Lots of spoonbills in the marsh mixed in with the ibis.

Must have been some good snacks in the marsh this morning I was at Circle B Bar Reserve in late January.

Lots of white pelicans flying overhead but none were landing.

A great blue heron taking off.

I’ve only seen 2 blue wing teals this winter.

This sandhill crane was standing on a nest out in the marsh. I have since heard that this nest did not work but there are other crane couples out there nesting. It would be fun to have crane babies this spring.

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Up, Up and Away

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Great egrets flying by.

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It was mid-May and birds were still gathering sticks for nests. All morning long they were flying back and forth from one set of bushes to another.

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A sandhill crane flies over the park.

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Wood storks were busy adding to their nests.

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Cattle egrets were doing the same.

It’s always busy in the mornings at the bird rookery in Gatorland. Wild birds are still coming in to nest over the lake full of alligators. The mangroves were filled with nests in different stages. Some had parents still sleeping on eggs, some had newborn babies, some had almost adult babies still screaming to be feed. Lots of fun activities to take pictures of.

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Windy sunny day right before Christmas

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It was raining “blue-gray gnatcatchers” at the park.

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Some of the bigger birds  braving the wind. The great blue heron in the last picture was sitting on the nest.

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This lady should be a pig, not an anhinga. She gulped that big fish down quickly.

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Plants along the trail.

A single cool windy day before the heat of Christmas week set in. I still had on shorts and a tshirt but at least it wasn’t hot and steamy.

Today’s Flowers have moved to here.

Shine the Divine

The sandhill crane family

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I headed out to Circle B Bar Reserve in mid-May not expecting much. I thought it would be fun to see some baby moorhens. I was lucky enough to see the sandhill crane family walking down one of the trails. I sat down on the grass and watched them go about their daily lives. The babies were very curious checking everything out. They kept flapping their wings getting ready to take off one day in the future. They eventually continued on down the trail. I have seen pictures of the family recently from other photographers out at the park and the family is doing well. Both babies are almost as tall as their parents. All of the above are extremely cropped.

The Land of Oz (only with marigolds instead of poppies)


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The preserve was in full yellow bloom. The burr marigolds were all over the place. It looked like the land of Oz on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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Sandhill crane way out in the marsh.

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Anhinga showing off in the marigolds.

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Tricolored heron on the marigold border.

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A wind-blown great blue heron watching me.

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Carpets of marigolds.

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My pictures do not do the colors justice. Taken with my phone. You can see all of the trees in the back have lost their leaves for the winter but the marsh is full of flowers. November is the best time at the preserve. I realized I didn’t take any pictures of the bald cypress trees. Those are all bright orange right now. They will be losing their leaves in the next few weeks. See, we do have a fall here. It just comes much later than up north.

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Early morning spoony flyover.

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American bittern hiding in the alligator flag plant.

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Here comes a sandhill crane couple.

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Anhinga with a fish.

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Typical Florida shot. Snowy egret in the trees.

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This is a juvenile something. I’m thinking an indigo bunting. There had been bunting sightings in the area but I didn’t see any adults. Any ideas?

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Phoebe high up in a tree with a snack.

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Bye, bye.

The usual stuff at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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On the side of the road

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I had heard there were a few avocets in a field near Cockroach Bay. Since I still haven’t seen these birds, I figured I would drive the almost hour trip to try to find them. The field was covered with thousands of birds. There was only access to view the field on one side which faces directly into the sun. The rest of the field was fenced off. I looked for an hour and did not find the avocets. Most of the birds were least terns with a few sanderlings, plovers and starlings thrown in. Oh well, maybe one day.

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I did see a belted kingfisher flying over a lake off in the distance.

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This guy was sitting on the side of the road. I’m not sure if he was checking out a snack. He eventually flew off. I think this is a juvenile red shoulder hawk.

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I was leaving the area to head back to town and saw a pair of sandhill cranes on the side of the road. Of course, I pull over and snapped a few pictures.

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I love their “heart” heads.

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Cows were chewing near the side of the road. I pulled off hoping to get the “cattle egret sitting on the back of the cow” shot. Not this time.

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Another cow got curious and came close to the fence. He started to creep me out a little and I was going to jump back in my car but he turned around.

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A brown cow farther back looked up with grass hanging out of his mouth.

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#47 also had grass hanging out of his mouth.

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You know it’s a slow day when I get excited about taking pictures of cows.

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Heading home, I had to drive back over the Sunshine Skyway bridge. A quick stop at the rest area and I was home in less than an hour.

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