Waiting for Brett’s family to come over on Christmas day, I looked out the glass sliding door and saw what I thought was a snake in the muhly grass up against the screened-in porch. My phone was close by so I ran out and snapped the above. It was just a small harmless black racer. They are good to have around because they eat any rats (our neighborhood gets fruit rats due to all of the citrus trees). Since he looked like he wasn’t going anywhere I ran inside and got my camera.
A few closeups taken with my 300mm lens.
Taken through the screen.He eventually left that morning.
A few of the plants around the yard. The bottom one is growing in my neighbor’s yard. Not sure what type of fruit that is. I think it’s a papaya.
As I’m taking pictures of the snake, an osprey cruises by.
The wolf moon in January, taken in my driveway when I got home from work.
All of the above are baby anhingas at different ages. Seen from the boardwalk tower, the nests are right over the water at Sawgrass Lake Park. There were many nests along the lake and luckily there a few close to the tower.
One of the Mom’s sitting close to the overcrowded nests.
Not many other birds around during my walk after work in late May. A few green herons were close to the tower.
Other critters at the park. Someone told me that the snake is a copperhead which is a first for me. He’s one of the 6 venomous snakes in Florida. His head shape doesn’t look like a copperhead on line so I’m not sure if it was one. He slid back under the boardwalk quickly so I didn’t get a shot of his body. Any confirmed ID?
Some of the critters in the water at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park north of Tampa. I made my annual winter trip in mid-January, hoping to see manatees along the river but the weather had warmed up for a few day and the manatees had scattered around the area.
Yes, this guy was on the other side of the glass. You usually see them sleeping in the back with their eyes closed.
It seemed to be mating day that morning. Both pelicans and some wild vultures were getting frisky in the warm weather.
The calm water in the springs.
Taken through the bedroom window, I caught this little blue heron eating worms.
Out on our dock, this green heron was creeping around the channel at low tide.
Some type of moth on our wall.
I saw this guy through the kitchen window when was cleaning up one afternoon. I grabbed my camera and quietly went out to the back to snap this. I hadn’t seen a black racer in a while. It was a tiny one. Good for eating bugs and mosquitoes.
Saw the little piggies again on another trip to Circle B Bar Reserve in early March. They had gotten just a little bit bigger. They were venturing out farther away from Mom but she kept her eye on them.
Cute little bunny on the trail.
Tiny snake and big alligators.
This is a shot of the big gator above taken with my phone. He wasn’t too close and I was also up on a raised boardwalk.
Non-flying critters at Circle B Bar Reserve, although one day, pigs may fly.
Linking to Wednesday Around the World.
Standing on the observation tower, an osprey saw me and said “Hey, there’s Dina. I’m going to swing by and give her a hug.” or maybe not. He just banked and kept cruising by.
A juvenile moorhen eating yucky pond grass.
Limpkins were everywhere. Up on the boardwalk and down in the swamp with a snail.
This guy must have gotten a piece of some bad tasting grass.
Trying to hide on a log. Not sure what this guy was but I was using a long lens.
Before Hurricane Irma took down a lot of the trees.
Up close with a ruddy duck.
And black bellied whistling ducks. One was missing an eye
A pretty lady wood duck.
A very important sign. Even the night heron standing in front of it should not be fed.
“Hooo’s there?” said the burrowing owl.
Crawling critters behind glass.
Growing inside the aquarium, the beauty berry can be see in the many of the parks around Tampa. The birds and critters eat the berries.
On the wall in the aquarium, this would make cool wallpaper.
A few things from a recent trip to the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. When it’s too hot to see the fishies from the beach, it’s time to head inside at the aquarium.
Not everyone gets to see a barred owl up close. At the zoo you can although I zoomed in on his face to get closer. Mr. Sleepy is permanently injured and lives at the zoo.
Above are some of the parrots that get to fly around the zoo in the mornings.
Pretty lorikeet in the aviary.
“Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” goes the old saying. She was feeding him something. Still, I’d be a little nervous doing that.
Another Mr. Sleepy, it’s rare to see a koala bear moving around during the day. I caught this one stretching.
Creepy critters behind glass.
Injured manatees recuperating at the hospital at the zoo.
Fun at the zoo in late July.
The rainy season in August caused the lake at Lettuce Lake Park to flood, raising the plants and bringing them closer to the boardwalk. Everything looked fresh and green one morning right after a shower.
At first I thought this was a branch that had fallen in the water. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a snake, belly up in the water. It’s only a matter of time before a gator makes a meal out of him.
There’s a lake under there somewhere.
In the swamp.
Fun critters at Circle B Bar Reserve. The gators were out grinning this morning.