I found some new friends at Horsepower for Kids Sanctuary in late November. The toucan is a fairly new resident and was very friendly (he was surrendered by his owner).
You don’t often see white turkeys.
The ducks were being their usual cute selves in the big pond.
Roosters have a run of the sanctuary. Some are skittish and stay in the bushes and some will walk right up to you.
The big shells were enjoying their breakfast.
This guy was showing off.
I found these leaves at McGough Nature Park in Largo back in October. They look like lacy leaves. They were spread out all along the trail. I would normally think bugs did this but it almost looks natural and I’ve seen it at several other parks. Does anyone know if this is natural?
I stopped by the turtle pond to say hi to all of the turtles swimming around.
A bunny was sitting right on the trail.
Some of the resident tortoises at the nature center.
It’s not often you get to see a Mississippi kite up close. They are pretty rare to see in the Tampa bay area and this one was rehabbing here at the center.
After leaving McGough Park, I stopped by the Largo Nature Preserve for a quick walk before heading home for lunch. It was a quiet morning so I didn’t stay long.
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?
Eating breakfast, very sloooowly!
Crazy rooster in mid-air.
Color coordinated shelducks.
The prettiest guy there. (He knows it too.)
Spent a Sunday afternoon at Horsepower for Kids hanging out with the fowl.
Another hot morning at the Lowry Park Zoo in mid-August.
The zoo really cleaned the glass on the manatee window. I put my Iphone up to the glass and snapped the above.