So many cool birds at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City. Our hotel was close by so we stopped by for a quick walk around to see the birds before checking into our hotel. We had fun seeing all of the different ducks and birds including the golden eagle in the bottom picture. We don’t have goldens in Florida so it was a chance to see one up close. Many of the birds are permanently injured and live here now including the bald eagle. All of the animals looked well fed, clean and happy.
A wild white pigeon was looking for a handout.
The squirrel was stealing the duck food in the open pond.
We had an hour to kill before we could check into our hotel so we spent it walking around outside at the aviary.
The lesser scaup stayed in the middle of the lake.
Friends hanging out together.
The geese stick together.
There’s always a green heron at one end of the lake.
I hadn’t been to Crescent Lake Park in downtown St. Pete in a long time. I had to run some errands near there right before Christmas so I brought my camera along and walked around the lake early that morning before my errands. Nothing new there but it was a nice morning out.
Big footed baby moorhens growing up around the lake.
Pretty pigeon with pink feet.
Checking me out.
Crescent Lake Park is close to downtown St. Petersburg. It’s a small lake surrounded by houses with a dog park and baseball fields. The Saturday morning I was there was a busy one. Many people out jogging and walking their dogs. No unusual wildlife but lots of ducks and geese, the later I say far away from. If you get close to them and don’t have food they get mean.
White pigeon? This is a rare bird around here. He looks lost.
This juvenile grackle was chasing mom around trying to get a handout. He’s old enough to get food on his own by now.
Another juvenile grackle getting his own food.
Green heron hiding in the reeds.
It looks like he was drying off his wings. Or cooling off. I don’t see them do this very often.
My first sight of the least bittern.
He was very pretty.
Full disclosure. I had read there was a least bittern sighted at Crescent Lake Park. It’s a small park near downtown St. Petersburg with a dog park and playground. It’s not a big park so I thought I might have a chance of finding it. After two laps around the lake, I found it in the reeds. It was right on the end of the lake where the dog park is so I didn’t think it would hang out there but that’s where he was.