Pink on a cloudy day

It was a cloudy day in late September and I stopped by the Oldsmar pier to look for the eagles. I didn’t find any eagles but I did see something almost as good. Two spoonbills were feeding along the grass next to the pier. The white ibis are almost always feeding here but this was the first time I had seen spoonies at this pier.

They fed for a while, stopping a few times to keep an eye on me.

Someone walked up behind me and off they went.

A yellow crowned night heron was also walking around. I think he was looking for lost mangrove crabs.

In the backyard

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We recently had a yellow crowned night heron on our dock. He didn’t fly away when I went out to take his picture. I didn’t get too close to the dock though.

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Of course, the mallard came cruising up to see if I had a handout.

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A red bellied woodpecker has been a regular in our backyard.

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I saw this squirrel resting in our tree. When I got closer he didn’t move. I was beginning to wonder if he was still alive. I got pretty close and┬áhe┬áturned and looked at me. I left him alone and after a while, he got up and left.

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These bloom all year here.

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Another wasp nest in the palm tree.

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I saw this weird glow outside right before dark and ran outside to take pictures of the clouds. The rain had stopped and the sun was trying to peak through before going down.

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The mallards always show up when you are on the dock. Even in the dark.

A few things from the backyard recently.

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