A quiet (swampy) place to reflect. Just ignore the Beware of Alligators sign on the right.
This one was watching me as he cruised in front of the dock.
I found a few wood ducks in front of the dock at Chesnut Park.
Young cardinals were all over the park. They were all pretty scruffy looking, not having gotten their adults feathers in all the way yet.
A limpkin trying to hide behind some weeks.
The little chickadees were so cute. There were a lot of them here in early August. I saw my first one here at this park more than 10 years ago and then didn’t see any for a long time. Now I’ve seen a few around on most of my visits in the past few years.
After leaving Chesnut Park and heading home, I stopped at a small park nearby on the bay to see if anything was around the fishing pier. I had fun watching this dog romp around in the low tide. He stuck his tongue in the water for a drink but he did not like that salty water.
The one that got away. After taking a bunch of pictures of the dog in the water, I look up and see the back of an eagle heading the other way. I’ll have to keep an eye out here during the winter to see if there’s a nest nearby.
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.
Spoonbill shaking off.
It’s rare to be this close to an osprey. Especially when they are taking a bath. This one was in the big aviary.
This wood stork was missing part of its wing.
Both eagles are missing a wing.
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.
It’s always fun seeing a cormorant trying to gulp down a big fish.
Wood duck reflection.
I think this is a male american goldfinch in his winter feathers. He was high up in the trees and didn’t sit still for a minute. I rarely see these here.
Great blue heron hopping around in the trees.
There were a lot of great blue heron nests high up in the trees. It was hard to see up there but this nest had two babies that were almost grown.
Green heron hanging around.
Most of these birds were not tagged. They might just be hanging out with the permanently injured birds for the winter.
This is a white morph great blue heron. I’ve never seen one here before and this is 2nd time I’ve ever seen one. He wasn’t tagged so I’m not sure if he is just stopping by for a quick visit.
A great egret trying to catch some minnows and coming up with a beak full of leaves.
I made my annual trip to Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park in early March. It’s a safe haven for permanently injured birds and other Florida animals. A lot of wild birds and ducks hang out there to get free food. Some come in to nest in the trees over the water. There’s always a lot to take pictures of at the park. Sometimes in nice not to have to run around in the woods looking for tiny birds high up in the trees. Sometimes it’s nice to just stand in one place and take lots of pictures.
Red bellied woodpecker has a big nut. I think he was hiding it in the hole.
Pileated woodpecker on a utility pole. These birds have done a lot of damage to the poles there. You can see where they try to patch them up but the woodpeckers just move and create new holes.
A lone female wood duck. I found her in a small pond behind the old butterfly garden.
Red bellied woodpecker and easter phoebe were sitting in the same tree. I could hear the phoebe singing from across the lake.
Wild monk parakeet hanging on a pole. There’s a small flock that always seem to be around the gardens.
I finally made it over to the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo after trying the weekend before and getting deterred by a huge crowd coming for an event. This Saturday morning it was quiet. I could even hear that phoebe singing all morning. There wasn’t anything unusual there. But still, it was a nice morning out and I got a good 2 hour walk in.
Walking around the lake, I see these little fuzz balls. I think they must be mallard babies.
No, they are wood duck babies, in Atlanta.
The babies were playing.
A few Canadian geese float by.
I see a large bird across the lake. I snapped the picture and cropped it up and couldn’t believe there was a great blue heron in the middle of Atlanta. I had never seen a heron in Atlanta before.
On one of the steamy hot mornings during our trip to Atlanta, hubby and I decided to go for a walk around a small lake that sits on the Emery college campus. It’s halfway surrounded by student housing. I never knew it was there when I lived there. Most of trail is shaded so at least the heat wasn’t bad unless we were in the sun. Since it’s was the middle of summer, there weren’t any students hanging around. It was a quiet morning. I was not surprised to see ducks and geese but was surprised to see the wood ducks. I guess since they are pretty rare in the Tampa bay area I figured they wouldn’t be in central Atlanta. And then to see the great blue heron. The nearest coastline is 4 hours away. Was he lost or has there always been herons hanging around the city? On the trail back to the parking lot, I stopped to check out a pair of downy woodpeckers chasing each other high up in the trees. As I was pointing them out to hubby, he noticed a hummingbird flying right in front of us. Of course I didn’t get a shot of that. It was dark in the woods and he was flying around so fast and then took off. What a nice way to kill a few hours before hubby’s favorite Atlanta taco stand was open for lunch.
He says “You know women, always washing their hair.”
“All ready for bed?”
“No, wait. I still feel a little dirty.”
“Now I’m done.”
He says “I’m never a dirty duck.”
Right before I spotted the baby limpkins at Kapok Park, I ran into this wood duck couple. It was getting late and the sun had gone down behind the trees. I slowly walked up to the edge of the creek and looked down and saw them. I figured they would immediately start swimming the other way but they did not seem bothered by me standing there. I sat down on the grass and watched them for a few minutes. The female stayed busy preening and bathing and then they both hopped up on the rocks and looked like they were settling in for the night.