Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, South of Gainesville, Florida, is a beautiful place! It is close enough to a small city yet it is wilderness. Within the park there is a woodland area; a few fairly tropical-looking spots; the nice small Visitor’s Center; a vast, marshy prairie; small ponds; and a medium-sized lake.
We went into the interior of the park and paid the nominal day use fee. We did see the Alligator at the Highway 441 overlook just outside of the official park (no charge to go out on that boardwalk pier overlook). The huge observation tower within the main part of the park was closed for repairs yesterday.
There is a lot of varied wildlife at times within this park. I took these pictures on November 30, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
White Pelican and Cormorant
Roadway in Paynes Prairie State Park
These egrets were spotted during my recent visit to the Paynes Prairie State Park near Gainesville, Florida. I am not sure which of the egrets these are. Perhaps they are Great Egrets? Hard to tell because the birds were a long way off in the distance. I used my long zoom lens to take the pictures. This Florida State Park has a huge area of freshwater marsh where many kinds of wading birds thrive.
I saw these egrets, a Great Blue Heron, and several Sand Hill Cranes during the hour I spent at one of the park overlooks just off of the highway. I took these pictures on December 16, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! Have a most wonderful Christmas! I am taking Christmas day off and will be right back here on Friday with a new post. See you then.