Pretty things in the drizzle at Noccalula Falls in north Alabama. We were lucky that the rain had stopped while we walked around the park. A little drizzle for a short time but at least the pouring rain had stopped. It was still a beautiful place even in the gloom.
The petting zoo animals were having fun in the mild weather.
I would like to get back there in the fall when the leaves are changing.
Lots of the usual birds at Lettuce Lake Park in late July. The first shot is a very young parula and the 2nd is a shot of the young parula being fed by the parent. The last shot is of a very young red bellied woodpecker waiting for the parent to give him a bug.
The usual titmouse and I caught a glimpse of a brown thrasher high up in a tree.
Things along the boardwalk.
There’s water somewhere in that lake. These were taken before the rainy season and the plants had taken over the lake.
As I first walked out on the trail, I saw this limpkin digging around in the water.
He pulled up a snail and turned away from me.
“Look this way little limpy.” I said. He did.
I guess he realized I wasn’t going to steal his slimy snail so he turned towards me again.
He put it back in the water and started to bang on it with his beak.
He dug for a few minutes and out came the meat.
Doesn’t that look yummy???
He swallowed it whole.
Down the hatch!
It was a cloudy morning when I got to Circle B Bar Reserve in early November. That’s a pro and a con. The con is that it was going to be hard getting good pictures in the shade. The light was going to be yucky. On the flip side, the above limpkin was in the pond on the east side of the trail and I would have been taking pictures directly into the sun and probably wouldn’t have gotten these at all if the sun was out completely. The reserve was full of limpkins. There’s been an explosion in population. They were everywhere. They were loudly calling across the trails. Based on all of the pink apple snail eggs that blanketed the marsh there, the limpkins population should only get bigger.
I turn the corner to head down Marsh Rabbit Run trail and see the above standing in the middle of the trail. He didn’t seem spooked by me.
In fact, he walked right by me. That’s my shadow. I’ve never seen them this close before. Then I realized there were 3 others close together in the ditch below the trail. They all came up on the trail and I realized it was a family. Two parents and two almost grown babies. This was one of the late summer families.
They all seemed very relaxed as I sat down on the trail and watched them.
One of the parents brought up a snail from the ditch.
The smaller one ran under mom and waited while she dug out the meat.
Then the parent ate one herself. Doesn’t that look yummy?
The other juvenile got fed.
What a way to start the walk down the trail. I sat there for about 20 minutes watching them bring up snail after snail. This has to be the most tame family in the park. A crowd of photographers started to gather behind me and we were all amazed that they didn’t seem bothered by us. After a while the family went back down into the ditches and headed out into the marsh. I headed down the trail to see what I could find but nothing else could match that.