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Anhingas and Dora Canal Scenery

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Anhingas are wonderful large birds that almost look as if they are living dinosaurs.  They closely resemble the Cormorants.  They are water birds and also are quite at home sunning themselves in trees here in Florida. The Anhingas eat small aquatic animals, and larger insects.

I took these pictures of several Anhingas while gliding through the oh-so-beautiful and tropical wonderland that is the Dora Canal.  The Dora Canal is just off of Lake Eustis in Central Florida.  I highly recommend that if you are in this area, you take a boat tour through this short canal.  There are commercial tours, and boat rentals.  I went as a guest on my friend’s boat.

Most of the canal is in a natural state but dotted here and there, are a few mobile home resorts along the shore.  This canal has Alligators, Herons, Egrets, Anhingas, Osprey, Moorhens, Turtles, and several other species of wildlife.  There is a lot of tropical foliage and beautiful, towering Cypress Trees.   The photo of the row of Cypress Tree trunks may have been taken  en-route to the Dora Canal.   I took these pictures from the water while seated in an open top pontoon boat.  The pictures were taken on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Two Wood Duck Families on the Dead River

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Wood Ducks are quite gorgeous!  I was happy beyond measure to have seen a double family of Wood Ducks on the Dead River in Central Florida on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Friends of mine invited me out for a day-long boating journey and we enjoyed seeing a lot of riparian wildlife.

This particular group of Wood Ducks was amazing!  There were two father drakes, two mother hens, and twenty-three ducklings!  What a sight!  I noticed several duck boxes along the banks of this rather lake-like river.  This river gets its name from the geographical characteristic of the river dead-ending into land and having a very slow current.  Yes, the Dead River is full of life and I am so glad!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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