A house sparrow on our dock. They nest in the hole on the side of the dock.
A hawk sitting on our fence.
An anhinga getting a snack on our neighbor’s dock.
A woodpecker getting a snack on our palm tree.
A blue jay giving me a funny look while sitting on our neighbor’s boat.
Things on our muhly grass.
The moon in the backyard in the morning.
Just a few things in our backyard in the past couple of weeks.
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.
Wild critters at the zoo.
Playing around with post processing.
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.
My first sight of the baby limpkins at Medard Park in east Tampa.
As soon as I found them Mom came walking up with a yummy snail.
She looked pretty wet.
One of the babies took off towards Mom.
She started to dig out that snail.
She pulled a little snail meat out and the baby got a bite.
He swallowed it pretty fast.
There were three babies in this family but I could not get them all together. I hadn’t been out to Medard Park since winter and wasn’t sure if there would be anything there. Last fall I saw snail kites there so I was hoping to see them again. No sight of the kites but I was happy to see this limpkin family along the lake side. The parents stayed close to the babies. They are big enough now that hopefully they are out of danger from hawks but the alligators are still lurking in the water.
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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.