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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!

 

A Lone Egret

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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!

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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!

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This Pileated Woodpecker came to visit across the street from my home on August 8, 2014, when I snapped these pictures.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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At first look from a distance, I thought these ducks were Florida Mottled Ducks, a very close cousin to the Mallard Duck.  No, they are  Mallard Ducks.  Mallards usually do not migrate here to Florida in the Summer.  These are probably offspring of farm pond escapees.  It is illegal here in Florida to release Mallards into the wild without proper permits to do so.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission is very concerned about  the hybridization between the native Florida Mottled Ducks and the Mallards, which may eventually lead to the near extinction or complete extinction of the native ducks.   I took these pictures on Friday, August 8, 2014 here in my development.  By the way, I went by this pond yesterday, and the ducks were not there.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger pictures.

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These really are called Cattle Egrets.  I thought I would show these smaller of the egrets with both gorgeous horses and the more familiar cattle.  I snapped these pictures from the fences of both a horse farm and a cattle ranch.   Both the horse farm and that cattle ranch are in an area Northwest of Ocala, in Marion County, Florida.

I was amused at seeing Cattle Egrets paying attention to the horses.   The egrets flew along as the horses ran around their very large pasture.  These egrets eat grains and insects so following along with these large animals makes it possible for them to find an easy meal.  As far as I could see, the larger animals did not seem to mind.  No, the egrets are not parasitical, but they do take advantage of what is a natural situation.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Deer

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Deer are such wonderful animals!  I saw these deer while on my trip to South Dakota (Custer State Park), and Wyoming at Yellowstone National Park, this past June.  Basically I’d spot the deer but they would spot or hear the vehicle and flee.  Usually when trying to photograph deer, one has to be very quiet and still or be far away.

Many of these deer were very young adults.  The males shed their antlers yearly and grow a new pair.  These deer are Mule Deer.   I saw deer in the Custer State Park of South Dakota and again in Yellowstone National Park.  The trio of young bucks were spotted while I was on a guided bus tour to the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park.  I recommend this late afternoon and early evening tour, called the Wildlife Tour to Lamar Valley.  It is a large group bus tour but you do see many animals and there are opportunities to get out of the bus for rest stops and picture-taking.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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