Just another WordPress.com weblog about Nature and Wildlife

Posts tagged ‘Florida swamps’

A Wetlands Overlook

Wildlifewatcher's Blog (63)

Wildlifewatcher's Blog (61)

Wildlifewatcher's Blog (59)

This is the Paynes Prarie State Park, and it is several miles South of Gainesville, Florida,  near a town called Micanopy.  The part of the park where we were, is a fresh-water wetlands.  We had pulled off the highway (not the I-75 freeway which is close-by) to see a park overlook.  This stop was an un-planned, very quick visit.  We went out on a wooden boardwalk over the swampy landscape,  and viewed several Great Egrets, two Little Blue Herons, and one Great Blue Heron.  That Great Blue Heron stood stock-still and almost looked like a statue during the ten or so minutes we were out watching the birds.

The birds were a long way from this boardwalk so it was a good thing I had my long zoom lens!  I also saw a Red-shouldered Hawk perched in an old tree across the highway, and a Turkey Vulture flying overhead.  I have read that this park has quite a lot of wildlife.  This is a park I definitely want to return to.  I took these pictures on August 31, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail images to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Wildlifewatcher's Blog (60)

Wildlifewatcher's Blog (58)

Wildlifewatcher's Blog (62)

Wildlifewatcher's Blog (55)Wildlifewatcher's Blog (56)Wildlifewatcher's Blog (57)

Tag Cloud