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A Green Heron in breeding plumage, was spotted perching on a low overhanging tree along the banks of a large freshwater pond in the Blue Run Park in Dunnellon, FL on April 17, 2015.  The pond is next to the Withlacoochie River and has several Alligators in it.

I had spotted a pair of River Otters in this same pond last year.  There is a bike trail on one side of the pond next to the river, and a looping trail around the pond.  It is a short level hike that is fun and scenic.  I have included a picture of the river with Cypress Tree “Knees”.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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The Sandhill Crane family I have been occasionally observing out in the area adjacent to the horse farm pond in Northwestern Marion County, FL, is doing really well.  I am thrilled!  The juvenile has really grown a lot and is about five to six weeks old.

I have now photographed the trio four times since March 16, 2015.  I took these latest pictures from the side of the road a long way from the birds so as to not disturb them.  I photographed the cranes on April 15, 2015, at about 5:00 pm.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Female Red-winged Blackbird

Female Red-winged Blackbird on Spring Lake

I took these pictures of various waterfowl and birds in beautiful Fairfield Glade, TN when I was there last week on personal business.  I thought I’d share a few snapshots taken at two of the smallest of the lakes there at the resort community.  I took these pictures on April 7, 2015 and April 8, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Spring Lake and Pied-billed Grebes

Pied-billed Grebes on Spring Lake

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird on Spring Lake

A Pair of Wood Ducks

A Pair of Wood Ducks on Lake Oxford

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I visited our area’s beautiful botanical park (where I spotted the owls) on March 29, 2015, and again, March 31, 2015.  I saw a few of the beautiful Cedar Waxwings high in two of the huge Pine Trees and also took pictures of a couple of the large fat Koi fish that are resident in the park pond.  The Cooter Turtles also live in that pond.

The final park critter I saw was an oh-so-cute little Grey Squirrel that scooted up to the shady Gazebo next to the Koi Pond, and snagged some of the fallen fish food on the floor (sold in a machine at the gazebo for a quarter).  That little squirrel was unafraid of people and calmly ate while four adults watched.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  By the way, I have just now returned to our Florida home and am glad to be back!

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Woodpecker Wednesday!

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These two handsome and busy Red-bellied Woodpeckers were spotted yesterday late in the afternoon.   I am in Tennessee taking care of some personal business this week.  I have limited Internet access.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Sandhill Cranes are really wonderful big birds.  Isn’t it wonderful how the chick has grown? I am so very glad for it. The Sandhill Cranes seem to be outstanding parents.  I had photographed this little chick with its parents several weeks ago, about a quarter-mile down the road from this particular ranch pond.  This pond is a place I often go to photograph wildlife and is either at, or next to, one of the larger, important horse farms in Northwest Marion County, Florida.

There are a lot of cattle on this pasture with the pond these days.  The big equestrian event has concluded so there is less human commotion around the area.  So far, the pond still has wildlife living there, even with those cows!  There is a nesting pair of Canada Geese and another nesting pair of Mottled Ducks there now.  I took these pictures from the roadway on April 2, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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American Robin

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Wishing you and yours a happy weekend, and happy Passover or Easter!  I took these pictures of the colorful birds at various times during the last several months here in my area.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Female Eastern Bluebird

Female Eastern Bluebird

Male Boat-tailed Grackle

Male Boat-tailed Grackle

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

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