These Muscovy Ducks were friendly residents of the shoreline of a body of water quite close to Juliette, GA on Highway 18. I think that this body of water is a large dammed section of the river but it also could be a small segment of Lake Juliette. I am not sure. These ducks have had a lot of visitors feeding them over the years, I think.
My husband and I were the only people visiting the small park’s dirt parking lot, just off the highway early one evening at about 6:00pm, and boy, the ducks were sure interested in us! The ducks begged but we did not have anything to offer so they got the message and waddled off. These are often farm ducks and I think the pair may have been offspring of escapees from a nearby farm.
This area of Georgia is lush and oh-so-beautiful! Juliette, GA is where the 1991 movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” was filmed. We were only there for about a half-hour as we were RV camping for the night in Forsythe, GA, about 20 miles away. We were on-route from FL to TN on that particular trip earlier this Summer. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! Have a great and safe Labor Day holiday today.
Great Blue Heron
Here are some of the other critters I saw during my short vacation trip to St. Augustine, Florida a week ago. The Great Blue Heron was spotted at the RV park we stayed at. The Mallard flock and Great Cormorant were also RV park residents.
I spotted the Anhinga and the Common Cooter and Florida Soft Shell Turtle at a large freshwater pond behind the police station in St. Augustine Beach. I briefly saw the shell of that Soft Shell Turtle and can say that it was a very large turtle. That big pond was chock-full of turtles. I think I saw at least ten. I took these pictures on August 20, 2014 and again on August 21, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Hybrid Mallard & Mottled Cross Ducks
Florida Softshell Turtle
Common Cooter Turtle
There were three Great Egrets and Four Snowy Egrets visiting at the largest of the rainfall retention ponds here on Monday evening. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
St. Augustine, Florida and surrounding areas are really chock-full of wildlife. This Atlantic ocean beach city is the oldest city in the United States! I spent last week there vacationing. I was thrilled by all the wading birds, ducks, songbirds, reptiles and surprisingly, wild bees around. A Reddish Egret was basking in the fading Sun at a small boat pier on the Matanzas River near the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
We also went to the Fort Matanzas National Historic Monument on highway A1A South of St. Augustine. There is a half-mile long nature trail there where we spotted a hive of wild Honey Bees, and saw a Black Racer snake right on the boardwalk trail! Across the street at the beach parking lot, I was surprised to see a Gopher Tortoise meandering around the dirt driveway and onto the pavement of that lot. As far as I know, that tortoise was unharmed (though it had a close call with one car). I took these pictures on August 20, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
My post today is sans photographs because the upload and Internet speed here today, is too s-l-o-w! I promise pictures in an upcoming post. Have a really wonderful day, I will too!
This Great Egret was the only large bird other than Crows that I have seen around here. The Great Egrets eat fish, aquatic animals and larger insects. I usually only see one or two Great Egrets together. By the way, It has been raining nearly every day and it has been breezy out. Likely in the rainfall basins all the big white bird will find are some tadpoles, worms, and larger insects. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This Osprey nest was up on a rocky outcrop in the magnificent Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone near Yellowstone Falls in Yellowstone National Park. The Ospreys had a very secure nest didn’t they? This area is a huge deep broad natural river canyon across from the big waterfall on the Yellowstone River.
The pair of Osprey seemed to be doting parents of two chicks. I was quite a ways from this nest and used my long 500mm lens to take the pictures. Sorry you are really unable to make out the babies in this nest but yes, they were there. I took the picture while on a guided photo tour on June 15, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photo. Enjoy!