Tag Archives: Birdlife

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!

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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)

Have You Gone For A Walk About Today?


Clam Bayou Nature Preserve

In Gulfport, Florida

Clam Bayou is a 170-acre estuary between Gulfport, Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida and Boca Ciega Bay. Home to the 10-acre Clam Bayou Nature Preserve Park.

  • Estuary
  • Nature Preserve
  • Walking Trails
  • Observation Decks
  • Canoe and Kayak Launch Point
  • Nearby is the City of Gulfport full-service Marina

I had mixed emotions exploring this nature preserve. I saw the wild beauty, but the park felt neglected. It was fairly clean, but not well maintained. I get that there needs to be a balance between use and conservation.

The Bayou

Fauna

Birdlife

I came around a corner and on to an observation deck and it was like the birds were lined up for viewing. Here I am, Look at Me! 

Here’s the Lineup:

Anhinga

Egret

Heron

Mystery Bird

More Birdlife Hanging About

Egrets

Herons


LOVE this Photo!

Osprey

Stork


(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s To Exploring the “Wild” Side!


Walking On

The Wild Side

In Sawgrass Lake Park again. Can you tell I like to go here to explore and adventure.

The Wild

We encountered a gentleman on the boardwalk and he introduced us to Mama Gator. He stated she has about 24 babies. I saw one of the babies.


Mama Gator


Mama Gator

The Flora


Holly


Lantana

These are Beauty Berries

The Unusual

I could not figure out what species of bird this was, so I sent a picture of it to the local Audubon Society to help me identify.

Let me introduce you to a Limpkin. Looks like a cross between a crane and a rail. However, this wading bird does not have any close relatives. I got to see not 1 but 2 Limpkins! These birds are usually solitary.

An unusual bird of southern swamps and marshes. These birds like to eat apple snails hence the shape of their long bill to extract the snails from their shells. This bird enters into Florida and Southern Georgia to satisfy its dietary requirement for apple snails.

I encourage you all to do an internet search for the “Limpkin Call”. Its screaming call is like a haunting banshee wail. This bird was too busy searching for food, so it did not make any noise when around it. In my research I found out these birds mainly call at dawn or at night. I cannot imagine traipsing through the swamp at night and hearing this bird scream – gives me goose bumps writing that!

The Fauna

The Birdlife

Egrets

Heron

Ibis

Moorhen

The Exotic


Do you see the snake?


(Photos by RSheridan)

Have You Taken A Walk On the Wild Side? Happy Exploring & Adventuring!


Crescent Lake Park

A Community Green Space

Crescent Lake Park is located at 1320 5th Street North in St. Petersburg, FL. Opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset.

  • 52.5 acres
  • Wilderness area
  • Playground and dog park

Crescent Lake

Green Spaces

Bird Life

The Water Tower

Bird Life Continued


(Photos by RSheridan)

Get Outside & Connect to the Natural!


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