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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!




Comments on: "A Green Heron, Alligator, and Gorgeous Scenery in Dunnellon, FL" (6)

  1. That sure is a scenic area! Love the ‘gator!

    • Hi Montucky, I am lucky to live near great parks and preserves as well as living in a development where the administration appreciates nature. Have a great week ahead and thanks for your always welcome, fine comments!

  2. The Green Heron is one of my all time favorite birds. It took me like forever to find the first one..Great shots! Have a happy day and new week ahead!

    • Hi Eileen, This is just the third Green Heron I have ever spotted! I do not think they are very commonly seen. Glad you also have been able to check that gorgeous bird off your spotting lists. Have a super good day today and a fine week ahead!

  3. fine looking heron! i really love the shot in the lower left corner. so green and lush. just beautiful! the alligators would certainly take some getting used to!

    • Hi Theresa, I actually own a very nice kayak but am reluctant to go kayaking on this particular river (the Withlacoochie River, next to that pond) due to gators. Some people do kayak and tube there as I have seen it get really crowded. The prevailing wisdom is to just be careful and try not to bother the gators. Hmmm! I just don’t know…

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