So this week, joined by the lovely cousin Amy, we finally made it back there. Since we were there last, they have put in a visitor's center, and apparently advertised, cause there were hundreds of people, all of them with at least 15 screaming horrible children. We saw quite a few birds, but I really didn't enjoy the first mile or so of the walk as it was wall-to-wall people. Once we got out into the open area though, it was just like I remembered it. If you didn't GOYB this weekend, here's what you missed:
|We were welcomed to the park by a pretty red-bellied|
|This was a red-shouldered hawk|
sitting on a nest, right along the path.
|A raccoon getting a drink.|
|A solitary sandpiper. He was singing, "All byyyy myself. don't wanna live, allllll byyy myseeeeelf" So sad.|
|This was really cool. It was a baby alligator who hadn't lost his stripes yet. I've never seen one this young in the wild before.|
|A glossy ibis, who despite having a white face, was not a white faced ibis.|
|Amy spotted this - a big turtle who I think thought he was hiding.|
|This was Amy's favorite bird of the day. Check out those HUGE green feet!|
|I mean really, those feet are ENORMOUS!|
|HCF David and Amy looking at the |
yellow crowned night heron.
|Yellow crowned night heron, checking out|
HFC David and Amy.
|There were some really photogenic|
Limpkin out there today.
|This was a Limpkin performing|
some personal maintenance.
|He wasn't just pretty good, he was a great blue heron!|
|There was a bunch of smashed eggs. Not sure if something|
hatched, or if this is left over from when the easter
bunny went on a bender.
|Purple galinule. Check out his bright white butt and |
|I felt bad for this anhinga. I was taking|
pictures of the bright flashy gallinule, and this guy
just sat there waiting patiently for me to take his
|HFC David's butt.|
|An armadillo, or a "mouse wearing armor" as my mom|
used to say.
|Wrapping up te day, Amy, David and me.|
As always, it was an awesome day outside. Remember, even if it's a bad day outside, it's still better than a day sitting in front of the TV or computer. GOYB and join us for a walk!