Tag Archives: Birdlife

Christmas Day 2017

Beach Time

A Holiday Tradition since moving South is to take time out to walk the beach.

I really enjoyed watching the pelicans plunging and feeding.


This Seagull was relentless in getting the Pelican’s catch! Get off my head!


(Photos by RSheridan)

 

Here’s to Stooping for Seashells! Remember to Take the Time to Slow Down and Savor the Moment.

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Beach Explore

On the Lookout for Seashells

Sunshine, Sand and Seashells. Happy Exploring!


Day Hike

Exploring and Bird Watching

Bald Eagles

Ospreys

(Photos by RSheridan)

What Have You Seen on Your Walks/Hikes? Love to Hear, Please Share.


Nature Walk

Exploring the Natural

There is nothing better (at least for me) than getting out in nature! I enjoy the unexpected too!


Exploring . . .

Flora

Look at that Plumage –
Males with Beautiful Tail Feathers

Fauna

Community ROCKS!


(Photos by RSheridan)

How Are You Exploring the Natural? Love to Hear, Please Share.


Dolphin Cruising

All Aboard

Sun Light

Dolphins

Dolphin Splash Downs

Fun Ships

Water Views

Birdlife


Osprey Fledgling

Sailing

Bridges

Moonscapes


(Photos by RSheridan)

 Happy Cruising – Enjoy!            


Island Time

On Honeymoon Island

There is nothing better than taking in a nature walk and then heading to the beach to relax!

The Eagle’s Nest

The Osprey and Their Nests

A Falcon

A Great Horned Owl – A 1st for Me to See!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Some Much Deserved R&R! What Are You Doing to Relax & Rest? Love to Hear, Please Share.


Bird Watching

In the Park

I love having a park nearby that has such varieties of bird life and wildlife!

Anhinga

Ducks

Egrets

Heron

Ibis

The Turtles Were Out Sunning Too!


(Photos by RSheridan)

ESCAPE To Nature – Enjoy!


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)

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