Tag Archives: Birdlife

Nature Hike

Escaping to the Great Outdoors

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Birdlife Galore + A Gator

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The Limpkins were putting on quite a show with their calls, preening and flying about!

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Citrus 

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Fauna and Flora

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Turtles

I always check to see if the turtles are out sunning!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Adventuring!!!


Fred Howard Park

Hello! The Gulf of Mexico

The park consists of 155 acres and is located on the Gulf of Mexico. You get to the park by going over the mile long causeway.  The views are spectacular!

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White sandy beaches. We enjoyed the beach and swimming area. Birds, dolphins and manatees. We saw plenty of seagulls.

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The landscape of the park is impressive! Sea grass beds to wetlands to mangrove estuaries to salterns to coastal scrub to long leaf and slash pine flatwoods to turkey oak to long leaf pine sandhill. Plus the various species of birdlife and wildlife.

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There is a $5 daily parking fee and pay via an automated pay station. There are picnic shelters available that require a reservation. There are plenty of restrooms, rinse stations and beach showers.

The park was dedicated on April 16, 1966 and today there is almost 2 million visitors to the park annually. Fred Howard was elected the Mayor of Tarpon Springs in 1945 and served as a City Commissioner. He also was the Vice Chairman of the Pinellas County Park Board for more than 30 years.

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Exploring!!!


The Osprey Trail

Honeymoon Island State Park

Decided to go on an exploration to see the Eagle Pair at Honeymoon Island State Park. Did not see the Eagles, however; their nest was pretty impressive!

“The 2015-16 season was the 8th consecutive year for eagles to nest on the island. This new nest is the first time eagles have reestablished nesting on the island since the 1935 homestead nest.”

Eagle Facts:

  • May live up to 40 years.
  • Eggs are laid 36 hours apart and both male and female incubate the eggs.
  • Average gestation period is 35 days with eggs hatching one at a time 36 hours apart.
  • The chicks are called Eaglets and remain in the nest for 10 to 12 weeks.
  • Both parents feed the Eaglets.

Those Eagles have some exact timing when it comes to laying and to hatching their Eaglets!

Eagle Nest

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The Osprey Trail

Imagine being on an Island within a Pine Forest! You will see sand as well as pine cones. Plus Ospreys Galore along with their nests!

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I have lived here long enough now to know the call of the Ospreys. It makes my ears tune in and my eyes focused on the trees or skies every time.

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Fauna & Flora

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Other Birdlife Out & About

Egret

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Woodpecker

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Pine Cones

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Spooky Trees aka Snag Trees

These trees are perfect places to build an Osprey nest. Also, Ospreys build and repair nests by snapping off dead limbs in flight instead of collecting downed wood from the ground.

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Briefly touched on to the Pelican Trail that works its way around the edge of the Island and along the Gulf of Mexico. Mangroves, Salt Air and Sea Breeze Oh My!

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A Baby Mangrove Plant

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Never Far From the Water (Photos by RSheridan)

Get Outside to Explore, Adventure & Walk On The Wild Side!!!


Feeding Time

With the Birds

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Wait for me . . . I am coming  . . .

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Guarding the stash of fish!

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More please

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The Pelican Posse

Vultures

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This bird bath makes me look BIG!

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Egrets

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This Egret had his feathers in a ruffle!

Ibis aka Florida Chicken

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Baby Bird

Love spotting the baby birds high up in their nests.

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Night Herons

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Enjoying a Bird’s View On Life!


WILDness

At Sawgrass Lake

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Enjoying the Lake View . . . ahhh . . .

Gators

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Mama Gator and Her Babies

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Look at that tail!

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Gator Babies – oh so cute!

Armadillo

I finally saw an armadillo in the wild. Just use your ears to hear all that rustling about and rooting for food.

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Natural Beauty

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Fauna/Flora

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Colorful Catepillar

Birds

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Fierce Bird

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Looking right at you!

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Get my good side. (Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Walking On The Wild Side!


Bird Curious

Watching the Birdies

Anhinga

This Anhinga was funny to watch doing its bird dancing!

Grebe

Love the circles these birds make in the water.

Heron

Gator

There is a balance between the birds and the alligators. A nesting bird in gator territory has built in security in the gators keeping away egg thieving bandits like raccoons and opossums.


Catching Some Rays! (Photos by RSheridan)

Are You Bird Curious or A Bird Watcher? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Wandering with the Wild

Hitting the Boardwalk

Flocking

The Birds that is! Hello! Spring Migration of Florida Birds!

I am more bird curious than a birdwatcher. 

Many birds pass through Florida during the seasonal migrations. April is the month when birds reverse their route. The Keys and South Florida are the first safe place to land after all that flapping their way from either Cuba or the Yucatan. Some are putting on their best breeding plumage to shake a tail feather to attract a mate to create offspring.

White Pelicans

White pelicans are not completely white. Their wings are white and black. At times groups of pelicans will work together to herd fish into the shallows for easy feeding.

Watching these birds soar and then land was such a graceful experience to see. Then watching them work together to feed was another great experience to see.

A ballet of birds!


A Great Blue Heron in the Mix

I love Great Blue Herons and how majestic they look. Sometimes I do a double-check to make sure it is a real Great Blue Heron instead of a statute. They stand so motionless.

They are all stealth when it comes to feeding. Then they strike – got it!

Beautiful sight to see in action or in flight!


One Brown Pelican with a Flock of White Pelicans

Now the Brown Pelican feeds by plunge-diving from high up to use the force of the impact to stun small fish before scooping them up.

I love watching them glide over the water.


Coming in for a Landing . . . You can see the white and black wings.

A Spoonbill


In Action . . .


Saying Hello! to the Feathered Friends.

Ibis


Hiding in the Mangroves.

A Masked Bandit

Another raccoon out in broad daylight.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s To Walking On The Wild Side! Enjoy!


Birds of a Feather

Flock Together

Wide Awake & On the Lookout


Pelicans can be posers – Ready for my close up!

Napping


Sleeping with one eye open

Fluffed Out

Baby Pelican


(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Bird Watching! What Birds Are You Spotting? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Dunedin Marina

Looking . . .

Looking For Manatees

No Manatees on this expedition.

For Dolphins


This would be GOOD too – ha!

Looking For Birds

Plenty of birds!

The Marina


(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Exploring!!!


Nature Walk

Connecting To The Natural


Hello!


Welcome!


Hanging Out!

Fauna

After the Rain

Capturing a Great Heron

Flora

A Blending In Ibis

The Boardwalks

Water Views


(Photos by RSheridan)

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