Cormorants and anhingas drying off in the sun. The first bird in the top picture is an anhinga. The rest are cormorants. Anhingas have a straight beak and spear their fish. Cormorants have a curved beak and hook their fish.
Threes a crowd.
All taken at Lake Morton and Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland. The small lakes are just a few minutes apart so it’s easy to do quick walks around both before heading home.
Aquarium creatures in the manatee exhibit building.
Turtles swimming around in the manatee exhibit.
Watching pelicans being fed from behind the glass at the under water viewing area at the manatee hospital. It was strange watching from this perspective. Their little feet were going a mile a minute.
It’s not often you get to see a hooded merganser this close. He was swimming close to the window of the under water viewing window.
The Lowry Park Zoo is getting a new water filtration system for the manatee hospital so there are currently no manatees at the zoo. Any injured manatees are now being sent to other manatee rehabbers until their new system is in. Normally you can go underneath and see the injured manatees that are being cared for at the hospital which is part of the zoo.. It’s unfortunate that any people visiting the area are not able to see these big guys up close but the zoo really needed to update its water system. And, it unfortunate that soon it will be installed and there will be new injured manatees swimming around there again. You can read about the hospital here.
I had not been to Kapok Park in over a year. Not much had changed at this tiny park in the middle of a neighborhood. There wasn’t many birds there. Every once in a while something fairly rare turns up here but not in a while. Just a bunch of herons there on my visit (Little blue, great blue and night).
The small lake is full of turtles and they always hang out at the boardwalk since people feed them.
I rarely see alligators there but they ARE there. Any lake in central Florida is going to have a gator hiding somewhere.
Tiny lizard I saw through the boardwalk.
Pretty plants near the lake.
Yes, these dogs are supposed to be on leashes but they were having so much fun and no one else was around early that morning. I wanted to run and play with them.
As I was driving into Circle B Bar Reserve early in the morning, I saw a wild hog family. The little piglets look so cute when they are young. I stopped the car and rolled down the window and they took off into the brush.