Wood duck babies are so cute. I found this little family at a hidden pond at the Largo Botanical Gardens in May.
After walking around the gardens, I headed over to Largo Nature Preserve and found this baby limpkin following Mom under the boardwalk.
I was staring at this turtle that was sitting just underneath the below.
A bald eagle was sitting on a utility tower in the park. I don’t think anyone else walking by noticed the eagle just sitting up there.
I was taking pictures of the colors of the high plants across the creek and looked down and saw these guys staring up at me like “Feed us.”
All taken back in late April.
The usual suspects at the lake.
There wasn’t many little birds there but I did catch the above northern parula and carolina wren.
A few wood ducks floating around.
Teeny tiny critters along the boardwalk.
Just a few things from a recent walk at Lettuce Lake Park in north Tampa.
People come to this lake to feed the ducks and swans but it’s mostly the ibis that get fed. They fly in by the hundreds and attack the person holding the food.
A few random ducks.
You can always find wood ducks at this lake.
There was a pair of coscoroba swans (smaller swan with the bright pink beak) but I think there is now only 1. I think the mute swan has become friends with the coscoroba. They were hanging out together and flirting.
It’s mating and nesting season for the mute swans at Lake Morton.
A female wood duck with a snack.
A male wood duck watching over the lake.
A happy couple floating around.
This couple was hanging out under a tree near the edge of the lake. She wanted to nap and he was getting frisky.
There’s been an explosion of wood ducks at the lakes in downtown Lakeland. Lake Mirror had 3 families with babies and Lake Morton had at least 20 adult wood ducks hanging around. One of the cypress trees had 6 males sleeping up in the trees. Two or three years ago you would be lucky to find more than 3 or 4 at the lakes. I’m not sure why they started hanging out in the busy area, maybe for the handouts.
A young stork that looks like an old soul.
Besides the swans, both geese and ducks were nesting all around the lake.
Things were still getting frisky so more babies to come.
A wood duck couple were sleeping on the cypress tree roots on the edge of the lake.
This one looks like a hybrid mallard. Very pretty colors.
An ibis was stealing the swan food.
Looks like this stork was working on a nest.
The turtles were out sunning themselves.
A kapok tree flower.
Sandhill cranes flying high overhead.
There are lots more stuff at Lake Morton than just swans. Lots of ducks, geese, ibis, turtles and birds hanging around.
Sometimes when you go out expecting nothing, you get a big something. I was at the botanical gardens in Largo thinking I would not see much but moorhens and doves. I was focusing on taking pictures of flowers. As I was walking towards the rose garden, I saw this line of baby ducks out of the corner of my eye. Thinking they were baby mallards, I almost didn’t stop. But, since all baby ducks are cute, I decided to stop for a minute and take a break. I’m glad I did. They were wood duck babies. They mostly look like mallard babies but way cuter. The parents were keeping them close. Those baby moorhens were looking at the little parade go by like “What are those little ducks?” I snapped a handful of pictures as they cruised by and headed on to the rose garden.