Lots of birds at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park

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Lots of robins in the trees.

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White pelicans were floating around.

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Wood duck on a log.  He didn’t have a tag on so I’m thinking he’s a wild one that is just hanging out here for the food.

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Spoonbill shaking off.

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It’s rare to be this close to an osprey. Especially when they are taking a bath. This one was in the big aviary.

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This wood stork was missing part of its wing.

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Both eagles are missing a wing.

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A rare white morph great blue heron was in the main pond. I didn’t see a tag on him. He’s got a beautiful face.

I made my annual winter trip up to Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park in mid-January. It was one of the first cold morning we have had. There was lots of bird activity at the park from injured birds that live there to the wild ones that fly in to visit. I took a ton of pictures so more on those to come.

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Pretty birds doing everyday things.

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A purple gallinule shining through the reeds.

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A pretty common yellowthroat in the shade.

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A cute grebe floating around.

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A little blue heron taking a gulp.

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A red-eyed vireo being shy.

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A downy woodpecker high up in a tree.

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A limpkin looking down at me from up above.

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A palm warbler reaching for the stars.

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A white pelican all alone.

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Moorhens imitating each other.

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Tiny hummingbirds humming in the firebush.

Some of the birds on my recent walk around Circle B Bar Reserve.

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Pretty faces at the lake.

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Some of the geese have all orange beaks and some have the spots on them. Is that a sunburn? Or maybe an age spot?

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The black swans were nesting.

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The only white pelican at the lake that morning. He looks comfy.

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Pretty goose face.

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The old man face.

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Green and yellow face.

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Another pretty goose face. His feathers are darker than the others and I don’t think his eyes are blue.

Pretty faces at Lake Morton in early March. I stopped to see if there were any duck or goose babies. Still a little early.

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A safe haven for injured birds.

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Spoonbill getting a drink of water.

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Green heron staring at the clouds.

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Pretty in pink.

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“What’s everybody staring at?”

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Looking sleepy.

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Trying to nap.

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A sad sight, problems with his eye.

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Even sadder, it looks like the other eye is missing.

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The osprey was missing half of a wing.

A few of the permanent residents at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. Most have permanent injuries.

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A stop by Swan Lake during the holidays.

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Which one doesn’t belong?

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Gotta itch!

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Floating through the lily pads.

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Imagine using your mouth to clean your foot.  Or maybe he’s using his foot to clean his mouth?

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Taking a bath.

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Friends hanging out together.

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Lady ruddy duck floating by.

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Time to take down the tree.

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Last one there is a rotten duck.

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“I’m the man!”

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Getting pretty.

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Gulp!

Another stop on the Christmas tourist tour. My sister had not been to Lakeland before to see the swans so we stopped by Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland on our way back from Bok Tower Gardens. The lake was busy with people feeding the ducks, swans and geese so we hung out for a while and enjoyed the day.

On the dock at Lake Hancock – Skywatch Friday

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Snowy egret hanging on some reeds.

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A great egret flies close to the dock looking for fish.

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I guess he was looking for fish.

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He was hovering over the water. I never did see him catch anything.

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An osprey flies close by.

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White pelicans were still floating in the big lake in early May.

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A cormorant drying out in the trees.

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A limpkin family was down the trail.

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They had two babies.

Just a few things along Alligator Alley trail at Circle B Bar Reserve. The other main trail was still closed due to alligator mating and babies. Things were winding down at the reserve. Babies were growing up. It was hot but there was a small breeze on the dock coming from the lake. It was a quiet place to hang out for a while before heading back to my car.

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