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A Florida Adventure

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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!

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Comments on: "A Florida Adventure" (6)

  1. a nice place to vacation, i’m sure! i’d love to see a reddish egret!

    • Hi Theresa, That was the first Reddish Egret I have seen. It was appearing to be in molt so it looked a bit ragged. I saw that bird from a distance – glad for the long lens. Yes, St. Augustine is an interesting place with lots to do and see. Have a super good week!

  2. Looks like an awesome place to vacation, I love the turtle and the egret.. Snakes are cool at a distance.. Wonderful photos. Enjoy your week!

    • Hi Eileen, Thanks! I so agree about snakes – my hubby knew this one was non venomous and we made a bunch of noise and the snake quickly left the area. We then made our way on that same boardwalk. Have a great day tomorrow!

  3. Pretty cool to see some different kinds of wildlife! I’m glad the tortoise wasn’t hurt. It reminds me of thedesert tortoise that we had in Arizona.

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, the Gopher Tortoise was happily un-squashed. These tortoises burrow into the sandy soil around here – hence that name. They leave piles of sand in mounds on the ground. People sometimes believe these mounds to have come from Burrowing Owls or even Fire Ants or rabbits. Have a great day today and thanks for your nifty comments!

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